Becoming an Enlisted Marine
Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps. They are trained to respond whenever necessary and are ready to protect our nation's interests in the air, on the ground and at sea.To become an enlisted Marine, it takes the ability to achieve the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. For your son, daughter or student to become a Marine, he or she must meet the following requirements.
- Must be between the ages of 17 and 29
- Must be a high school graduate or have earned an equivalent degree
- Must meet physical requirements, including a timed run, pull-ups and crunches
- Must earn a qualifying score on the ASVAB test
A Marine Corps Recruiter can explain eligibility requirements for enlistment in further detail.
Marine Corps Recruit Training will be one of the most mentally and physically challenging experiences of your son’s or daughter’s life. In rising to this challenge, the character and abilities developed and the resulting pride will be worth the effort.
During Recruit Training, your son or daughter will be known as a recruit, and he or she will join men and women who have chosen this same path. Together they will form a strong bond that will last not only during their time in the Marine Corps, but throughout life.
At the end of Recruit Training, your recruit will become your Marine.It’s also important to know the following regarding Recruit Training:
- Training is 12 weeks of intense academic, physical and moral challenges.
- Training will prepare your son or daughter for the Marine Corps mission of defending our nation.
- Family and friends are encouraged to attend graduation.
Every Marine trains for a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), a specific role or job that contributes to the Marine Corps mission. Whether deployed overseas or supporting operations on bases here in the U.S., your Marine will execute key strategies and lead with confidence.Additional information:
- After graduation from Recruit Training, your Marine will undergo specialized training to prepare for their MOS (the term for a Marine's job).
- Deployment can take Marines all over the world on combat, humanitarian, peacekeeping and training missions.
- Marines are given 30 days of leave (the military term for vacation) throughout the year.
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