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Becoming an Enlisted Marine

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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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Miles  Pless Avatar

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Hi, Im 13 and started researching the marine corps for the past year, and plan on joining right out of high school. What age would I be able to talk to a recruiter as soon as possible? Any help or comments would be great!

Posted by: Miles Pless on 03/03/2013

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James Broome Avatar

Family

I'm 17 years of age and I've been studying up on the Marine Corps. for about the past 6 years and after high school I will be getting shiped out to Paris Island, South Carolina to start my training to become a United States Marine and be part of the Brotherhood that lasts for a lifetime..... Semper Fidelis

Posted by: James Broome on 02/13/2013

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Kristian Warrick Avatar

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I am, as of currently, soon to turn 16. I have been trying to set goals for myself to start my life after high school. While coming up with how to finish high school I've been struggling to decide upon a career. I know i want to become a marine that is full of confidence, upholds integrty, maintains responsibility and morals throuhout what shall become my life.,but yet i do not know what possible careers await me after becoming a marine. If anyone can help me gather information upon possible carrers that are well suited for a man after his service as a marine please help. I would be very thankful.

Posted by: Kristian Warrick on 01/21/2013

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David Luedecke Avatar

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Hi Kristian, can not speak as a Marine. I am a father of a Marine recruit. My son has signed up for the delayed entry program and has gone through the process of picking a job. This means that he is committed to the Marine Corps, he will graduate in May and then ship out for boot camp in June. I don't know how much research you have done or if you are involved or aware that when you turn 17 you can do that as well. Also at your age, depending on the state you can attend weekly poolie meetings at your local recruting office. This will give you some insite as to what type of training you will go through at boot camp and it will some what prepare for that. As far as a job goes, there are many factors in place as to what will be available to you I encourage you to google Marine Corps jobs online to get an idea of what is out there and also what you will have to score on the ASVAB test to even be eligible for a particular position. There are numerous positions that are available that you will be able to cross over into the civilian world when you get out. It all depends on what you want to do. If you sign up for the delayed entry program you will get first dibs as a senior in high school at a job when they drop for that year. I hope that helped you a little. Thanks and good luck with what ever you end up doing.

Posted by: David Luedecke on 02/08/2013

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Juan-Carlos Rojas Avatar

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It's been a few decades since I've been in the ranks, but most of it hasn't changed much.. however a few more MOS are available. What Mr. Luedecke has said is on point. When I joined and right before I went through boot, I was informed about my scores and I was shown a list of MO's that were available to me for the scores I received. I had a nice hi score, and my recruiter was awesome. I felt he guided me with intelligence and he cared. He didn't tell what to pick but said pick what I can take into the civilian world when I decide it's time to move on from the Corps. I always was into electronics and messing around with gadgets, so 1142 was the one that made the most sense. I learned a lot in the Corps, not just to defend my country (which should be the up most reason to join) but how to be a man, a good man. and gave me the tools and know how on a trade that to this day have helped me provide for family and live a comfortable life. The only regret I have is that I didn't stay in and retire a US Marine, after my 4X4 contract expired I took my Honorable Discharge and walked away. Semper Fi.. Hope to call you little brother soon!!

Posted by: Juan-Carlos Rojas on 02/21/2013

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Timothy Lemon Avatar

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I was told that I could pre enlist while I was still in school recieving my GED, can I do this?

Posted by: Timothy Lemon on 12/19/2012

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imari zachary Avatar

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Im 14 i really want to enlist early im in AFJROTC how do i join early

Posted by: imari zachary on 11/03/2012

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David Luedecke Avatar

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There is the delayed entry program or (DEP) that you can participate in. Ask your JROTC teacher about this.

Posted by: David Luedecke on 02/08/2013

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James Broome Avatar

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once you get into high school if your high school has a ROTC program sign up for it...and to Enlist in the Marine Corps. you have to be at least 17 years of age

Posted by: James Broome on 02/13/2013

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Margot Meyerdirk Avatar

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Growing up in an emotionally broken home, I've longed for a family that worked together for the good of each other. I see that in the marines. They don't fight for the sake of fighting. They fight to keep each other alive. That's true family. That's all I want.
I have no support here. No one understands the drive in me to become a marine. They can't accept me for who I am. I guess they just don't like what they see.
Mom says I should wait to train. She says I should contact a recruiter closer to the time I would enlist so that I don't waste all the effort I'd put forth initially. I told her that I wanted to be physically and mentally prepared for boot camp way ahead of time. What should I do?

Posted by: Margot Meyerdirk on 10/08/2012

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David Luedecke Avatar

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Hi Sarah, I am not a Marine, but the father of a Marine recruit. My son had the same mind set as you, to train hard before he went to boot camp. He is a poolie with the local recruiting office. Which means he is already signed up in the delayed entry program and will go strait to boot camp when he graduates high school this year. Keep doing what your doing and talk to your local recruiting office about the DEP program. It completely prepares you for boot camp. Good luck.

Posted by: David Luedecke on 02/08/2013

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Jerry Nivison Avatar

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I'm Jerry and I'm 17 living in Arizona, working toward a GED and I wish to serve my country as a marine but do not know where I would start a recruiting process.

Posted by: Jerry Nivison on 09/27/2012

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Marcos Lechuga Avatar

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My name is Marcos,Im 14,Im from Guatemala,I would to signin,but i would like to know how.I want to know the requirements to join

Posted by: Marcos Lechuga on 09/17/2012

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Margot Meyerdirk Avatar

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My name is Sarah. Im 16 and a junior. Ill be signing up in a year or two, but I really struggle with motivation when it comes to the intense PT. Im looking for someone to train with me every step of the way. Becoming a marine is my greatest dream, but I need help achieving that dream.

Posted by: Margot Meyerdirk on 08/02/2012

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anthony harris Avatar

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im n job corps n batesville mississippi my friend justin strated his combat training.after im done with job corps, im looking forward to join the marines recon unit after combat training. im 21 now i'll be 22 feb 2013, im pretty sure the marines have a spot for someone who's willing; to fight for our chicken mic nuggets, fresh water, and lights that we can cut on when we get ready to. lol!!!!!

Posted by: anthony harris on 07/28/2012

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racquel misioka Avatar

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Im a Junior in High School, and im thinking about joining the Marines. Can you tell me what High School courses may benifit me, when I join?

Posted by: racquel misioka on 07/25/2012

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Kathryn Judson Avatar

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My son signed a form when he was 17 called Enlistment/Reenlistment Document Armed Forces of the United States. He also was trying to get an NROTC scholarship - now he is signed up for college and joined the NROTC program on the campus (not scholarship) but the recruiter is telling him he will be apathetically discharged. This will apparently make him inelligible to enlist later or got through the officer training program. Is this right? I thought you had to be 18 to sign a contract or have a parent sign as well. At the time he signed this, he was told it was in case and only showed his intent to enlist. Should he try to not be discharged and honor this commitment? He just graduated high school and it says to report by 6/25....any help would be appreciated.

Posted by: Kathryn Judson on 06/09/2012

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Kathryn Judson Avatar

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My son signed a form when he was 17 called Enlistment/Reenlistment Document Armed Forces of the United States. He also was trying to get an NROTC scholarship - now he is signed up for college and joined the NROTC program on the campus (not scholarship) but the recruiter is telling him he will be apathetically discharged. This will apparently make him inelligible to enlist later or got through the officer training program. Is this right? I thought you had to be 18 to sign a contract or have a parent sign as well. At the time he signed this, he was told it was in case and only showed his intent to enlist. Should he try to not be discharged and honor this commitment? He just graduated high school and it says to report by 6/25....any help would be appreciated.

Posted by: Kathryn Judson on 06/09/2012

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Amber Baker Avatar

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- I'm finna turn 16 june 29th . I wanna join the marines or the army but I don't know for sure . Which one is better for me .?

Posted by: Amber Baker on 06/08/2012

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Angel Sovia Avatar

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The Marines is the best, even though the sargeants are hard, and the Training is Hard, at the end you will be saying " If I could go back and do that all over again, I would." Because all that hardwork is really rewarding in the end.

Posted by: Angel Sovia on 06/28/2012

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nick brandle Avatar

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Well if you want to be in the strongest you join the marines. if you don't like being on the front line you join the air force. Army, it is not that great unless you become a ranger. Join the marines, or the airforce, it is better

Posted by: nick brandle on 06/29/2012

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Jherica  Jones  Avatar

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Im 16 with diploma can i at least be in dep?

Posted by: Jherica Jones on 05/20/2012

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matthew maxwell Avatar

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my spouce is very interested in becoming a marine. However, she is apprehensive because she had surgery 10 years ago on her feet. she can move it perfectly normal, and doesnot bother her even under rigorous excersize. but she is worried that because it was done on both of her feet she will be disqualified. would she be ok for enlistment or would this disqualify her?

P.s. the only reason she had surgery was to fix her flat feet, not even club feet. as she explained, "it was just to put an arch on her feet."

Posted by: matthew maxwell on 04/10/2012

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Stephan Rogers Avatar

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I am 16 years old and will be a senior starting in June. Am I able to PT with a recruiter if I am a senior although I am young for my grade level? I will be getting a cosign for enlistment from my Father in January.

Posted by: Stephan Rogers on 03/16/2012

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RODGERS MUKHONGO Avatar

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am a kenyan citizen having not stepped in the usa bt am intrested in becoming a us marine.How can i join?please advise

Posted by: RODGERS MUKHONGO on 03/13/2012

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Hannah Herman Avatar

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I'm 16 years old and i want to join the Marines because its kind of been pasted down from generations in my family. But i was wonder can i be apart of it since my older brother who is 23, is already in it?

Posted by: Hannah Herman on 03/02/2012

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Ladontay Jones Avatar

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Hey, so my name is Ladontay and i'm a junior in highschool at Booker T. Washington in Pensacola, Fl. I have a question concerning me enlisting in the Marine Corps. I was wondering if with me being 17 and being in NJROTC, would I be able to sign early and start boot camp after my junior year of highschool, come back and finsh my senior year and graduate, and then begin training for my MOS? Thanks and have a great day. -Ladontay

Posted by: Ladontay Jones on 02/18/2012

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Trae Miller Avatar

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Hi, Trae Miller here i am a 14 year old freshmen in high school fromLousiana and I am a patriot above anyone i know i have Ol Glory herself on my wall above my bed and really want to enlist in the marines I under stand fully what i must do and i understand that i must become a rifle man and i have already fired an M16, A5 Cabine, M14, and about every hunting rifle down here anyway i want to know if i can get a recruiter and email him qeustions thankyou and God Bless America.

Posted by: Trae Miller on 01/22/2012

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Ty Yeaton Avatar

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I'm 16 and I sign my DEP papers in November, I can't wait to become a United States Marine.

Posted by: Ty Yeaton on 01/22/2012

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Alijah Evans Avatar

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Im 13 Years old and in 8th grade. I want to become a enlisted Marine. I know about the 12 weeks and all the training you do in those 12 weeks. I was hope someone could tell me things to do everyday so i can be mentally and physically be perpared.

Posted by: Alijah Evans on 12/23/2011

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Sami Malhas Avatar

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As for the physical aspect you could get in touch with a recruiter and see if they have an open P.T. where you would train with poolees, marines fresh out of boot, and other people like you. When it comes to the mental aspect you could do some reaserch into a JROTC program and find out just what kind of person a marine really is.

Posted by: Sami Malhas on 01/11/2012

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percy  zuzunaga Avatar

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im of 16 years old and im graduating highschool in two more years, would it be a better to drop out and get my GED so i can join the marine corp earlier? -pj

Posted by: percy zuzunaga on 12/15/2011

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Hi Percy, the Marine Corps limits the number of applicants with a GED to 5% percent each year, and they must meet the same enlistment standards that all applicants do, including being 17 years old and meeting other physical, mental, and moral requirements. To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

Posted by: Community Manager on 12/20/2011

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Charles Jenkins Avatar

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My sons recuiter told him for him to enlist and go to boot camp quickly he had to enlist as a Reservist. And once he got thru with his training he could become on Active Duty. He has gone thru Parris Island, received an award for his shooting, finished combat training in North Carolina and now is in 29 Palms in Communication training. He Graduates on November 9th. He wants to make a career in the Marines. He talked to his recruiter to see about becoming on active duty to make his Career and his recruiter told him he may not be able to become active. He called us very disappointed about his recruiter lying to him. My question is Can he change from Reservist to Active duty. If not why would a recruiter tell a kid something just to get him to sign up. If we would have known this we would have waited until he could have signed up as an enlisted marine. Please can you help me out. Thanks from a concerned Father of a Marine

Posted by: Charles Jenkins on 11/28/2011

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Miguel Macadaeg Avatar

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My name is Miguel Macadaeg, from Manila, Philippines. I'm 20 years old and very interested in becoming an enlisted Marine or an officer. The problem is, I am not a US citizen, nor am I a legal immigrant. If i apply for legal immigration with the express purpose of joining the Marines, God willing I pass all requirements, will I be granted legal immigration?

I also wanted to inquire if there are any benefits to enlisting, being a college graduate.

I hope to hear back from you soon, as I would like nothing more than to serve in the United States Marine Corp.

Thank you.

Posted by: Miguel Macadaeg on 11/19/2011

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Tammy Cooper Avatar

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My son wants to join the Marines. He is currently going to school to get his GED, is that good enough to join the Marines?

Posted by: Tammy Cooper on 08/24/2011

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Dalton  Heath Avatar

Current Marine

He needs high school diplomia of any kind

Posted by: Dalton Heath on 12/13/2011

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Dalton  Heath Avatar

Current Marine

He will also need 15hrs of collge classes.

Posted by: Dalton Heath on 12/13/2011

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Joe Ritola Avatar

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i believe GED is enough but college for officers

Posted by: Joe Ritola on 04/30/2012

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Cynthia Anthony Avatar

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My grand daughter Brittney Miller just boarded the bus to basic.."The Marines"!! We are so proud of her!!

Posted by: Cynthia Anthony on 08/08/2011

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Santiago Klappenbach Avatar

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Hi, my name is Santiago I'm 23 and I live in Uruguay. I would like to know if it's possible to join the US marines. I really like how intense is the trainning, and it would be an honor to defend the country that I respect so much and the country that I like. I would be pround in becoming a US marine and a US civilian. I have High school finished here in Uruguay.

Thank you very much,
Sincerely
Santiago Klappenbach
PS:I have High school finished here in Uruguay.

Posted by: Santiago Klappenbach on 07/12/2011

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Tori Welch Avatar

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Im 13 and im really interested in joining the Marine Corps when im old enough and im in 8th grade.My brother has been in the Marines for 8 years and he keeps telling me not to go in when im old enough but i really want to so if you can...will you reply and tell me what goes on during boot camp so i can have a better understanding of what i would go through.
Thank you, Tori

Posted by: Tori Welch on 06/28/2011

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Ebony Jackson Avatar

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Hey, Tori . I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone on this matter. I am 15 years old, and was stuck in the same situation as you are. I wanted to go to the Marines as well, and everybody I told kept telling me not to go. I never understood why, but I finally stopped listening to them, and started making the decision for myself. I am concrete in my choice on enlisting in the Corps in the future, but yes I did have many doubts! I want you to fully understand that this is a masculine oriented world, and it will be very diffcult to get over this obstacle being a girl. This decision no matter who tells you what to do, is YOUR decision! They are'nt the ones who will be going through boot- camp, so 9 times out of 10, thats not there place to speak!:) Do your research, and make shure you fully prepare for this! This will probably be life changing for both you and me. if you do decide to go, then I hope to meet you one day, or at boot-camp!:) Semper Fidelis Recruit:) Stay storng and in touch:)

Posted by: Ebony Jackson on 05/17/2012

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Margot Meyerdirk Avatar

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Hey, Tori. I guess I can say I'm in the same situation, too. My brother's in, too, and he and everyone else I know tell me not to join. They keep saying how I'll regret it and it's not a good environment. I have to decide for myself whether I'll regret it or not. It being a bad environment, yes, i know that's true, but the corps is what each marine makes it to be. I intend to keep my promises as a marine, to fight for my country and freedoms, be civil and respectful to all I meet, and maybe I'll come out as a better person. Ebony's right. It's your life. You decide what you want to do with it. Don't let anybody tell you you can't live out your dreams. Just be all you can be and by doing that you'll be the best you can be. Maybe one day we'll meet face to face as marines in combat, fighting for our great nation together. Semper Fi.

Posted by: Margot Meyerdirk on 10/05/2012

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Mary Strickell Avatar

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My son is being told that because he has a GED he needs 15 hrs of college credit before he can join the Marines. Is this true and if so why is that not stated on your web page?

Posted by: Mary Strickell on 06/28/2011

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Clayton Allison Avatar

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Its true and all branches of the military require the fifteen credits now. I also obtained a GED and am working towards the 15 credits. The best thing he can do is apply for the pell grant through the fafsa website. Take as much fast track 3-4 week classes as he can at the local community or state college. I got ten done in three weeks and will have the other five on August 2nd.

Hope that helps...

Posted by: Clayton Allison on 07/01/2011

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Cindy Flores Avatar

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Hi! my name is Cindy, i have been interested in joining the Marines since the 6th grade, im 18 and finishing up in high school as we speak. i would really love to join the Marines but i dont know if my career in mind can be set by joining? really want to know if i can get my career in mind started as marine. info would be very helpful thank you!

Posted by: Cindy Flores on 06/14/2011

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Cindy,
To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.
-LifeAsAMarine.com Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 06/15/2011

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Doug Penwell Avatar

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Hi my name is Doug. I have been set on joining the Marine Reserve for some time now. i am older than the average recruit (I am 25 years old currently) but i have a clean bill of health and am in good physical shape. I do not have a high school diploma but I do have a GED. Are there any reasons I should be concerned about that could disqualify me from enlistment ? Thank you.

Posted by: Doug Penwell on 05/30/2011

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Doug, Reserve Marines go through the same intense training programs and work in the same occupational fields as active-duty Marines, and as they train part-time at a Marine Corps Reserve unit near their home or school, these Marines can continue to pursue a full-time civilian career or education. To get answers to your questions about joining the Marine Corps Reserve, contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/ijZExX. /> -LifeAsAMarine.com Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 05/31/2011

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david nieto Avatar

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honorables marines, mi nombre es david nieto, tengo 19 años, soy de colombia y ya preste mi servicio militar en mi pais, me gustaria saber si yo podria incorporarme en el cuerpo de infanteria de marina

Posted by: david nieto on 05/09/2011

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tedi demiri Avatar

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i'm 24 and i'm an albanian citizen, currently i live and study in italy. i know that to join the marine corp i must have the green card or citizenship, but in my country is very hard to get the green card so can you help me some way ?

Posted by: tedi demiri on 05/02/2011

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itanna alakija Avatar

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i am 13 and i want to become a marine but i live in england and i am still in secondary school. how do i become an american citizen?

Posted by: itanna alakija on 04/18/2011

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Adam McClure Avatar

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I'm a 23 yr old male prior Army E-4 13F with an honorable discharge. I was wondering if the Marines were taking prior service members other than just prior Marines? Thanks for the help.

Posted by: Adam McClure on 03/23/2011

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Adam,
Service members of other branches of the military interested in becoming a Marine must meet the same standards and requirements that all civilians do, including completing Marine Corps recruit training. Get in touch with a Marine Corps recruiter at http://bit.ly/dJMUwK. />
-LifeAsaMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/23/2011

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michael cooper Avatar

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I am 16 and will be turning 17 on june 6. I was wondering when I'll be able to talk to a recruiter.?

Posted by: michael cooper on 03/22/2011

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Michael,
To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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Linda Matthews Avatar

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I would like a recruiter to e-mail me. I would like a recruiter come speak to my classroom of students.

Posted by: Linda Matthews on 03/16/2011

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Linda,
To be connected to a Marine recruiter in your area please call 1 800 MARINES.

-LifeAsAMarine.com Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/16/2011

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Matthew Brown Avatar

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Hi, I am 15 and very interested in becoming a marine. I have no problem with doing crunches and pull ups, however, my running is not that great. Do you think I would still have a good chance a Boot Camp?

Posted by: Matthew Brown on 03/15/2011

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Matthew,
To prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4. />
-LifeAsAMarine.com Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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tj smiff Avatar

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i was going to join the national guard but fail a pee test that was 8 months ago. am i able to join the Marines ??

Posted by: tj smiff on 03/09/2011

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Juan Mejias Avatar

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I'm very proud of my son joining the Marines, but my son was told months ago that he would most likely go to boot camp in october, but today they told him that October might not be possible until 2012 because they have no room....why is it that it take so long to go to boot camp?

Posted by: Juan Mejias on 03/02/2011

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Juan,
Time between enlisting and your recruit training ship date can vary widely, and depends primarily on the needs of the Corps. Currently, most enlistees are experiencing a 6-9 month wait time, but your son's recruiter will be able to provide you with a more accurate answer.

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Posted by: Community Manager on 03/03/2011

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HELLO.
I would like us to join the Marines, but I am not a citizen of the United States (I'm from Mexico) I have 17 years and am about to finish high school specializing in mathematical physics and computer technician.
I can enter? Join the us Marines is my dream.
Thank you very much for your time.

Posted by: oscar valenzuela on 02/19/2011

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Oscar,
Thank you for your interest. You must be a United States citizen or legal immigrant to enlist in the Marine Corps. Once a Marine, non-citizens are eligible for naturalization, and many general naturalization requirements may be diminished or waived for qualifying service members. You can find more information on citizenship and military service at http://bit.ly/hFpH4T or contact a Marine Corps recruiter at http://bit.ly/eDsX6R. />
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Posted by: Community Manager on 02/21/2011

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Hello, my son wants to become a Marine. He is currently 14 years old but we live in Italy. I am a US citizen, so is my son, born and raised there for his first 11 years. My concern is the requirement of being a high school graduate or to have a GED. If we are still living here by the time he graduates from high school, will his Italian diploma convert or be acceptable for Marine recruitment? I tried the 'contact a recruiter' page but could not complete it due to address and phone number requirements. Thank you for any information you can provide.

Posted by: Gregg M. on 01/16/2011

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Gregg,
You must be a United States citizen or legal immigrant to enlist in the Marine Corps. Once a Marine, non-citizens are eligible for naturalization, and many general naturalization requirements may be diminished or waived for qualifying service members. You can find more information on citizenship and military service at http://bit.ly/hFpH4T or contact a Marine Corps recruiter at http://bit.ly/eDsX6R. />
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Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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Gregg M. Avatar

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I understand the citizenship requirements, and as stated, both he and I are US citizens. My concern, which I can not get answers to anywhere is the requirement for high school graduate or GED. If he graduates from the Italian school system, will that be an acceptable document or will he have to do more education in order to get a US high school diploma.

Thanks

Posted by: Gregg M. on 03/24/2011

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James,
Thank you for your interest in the Marine Corps. To learn more about the medical standards for enlisting please contact your local recruiter. To find the recruiter nearest you please visit www.Marines.com/RMI

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Posted by: Community Manager on 12/15/2010

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What are some of the reasons I could be refused enlistment by the Marine Corps?

I have a few medical issues that I was told could be an issue; Gaucoma and a Heart Murmer are the main things. Would this be an issue?

Posted by: James Grubb on 12/15/2010

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i am 17 and will be enlisting as soon as i graduate...are we supposed to drive to our recruit depot or will we be transported by the usmc. if so, what do we do with our vehicles?

Posted by: Greg Gibson on 11/27/2010

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Greg, Thank you for your interest in the Marine Corps along with your intent to join the ranks. From my experience, I was picked up at the recruiter's office and transported to our local MEPS station in Tampa, FL. I then boarded a commercial flight to South Carolina. Boarded a bus and was transported to Parris Island. Hope this helps and good luck!!

Posted by: Kirk Smurawa on 03/13/2011

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Hi. I am 14 and I want to be a Marine. I read the information on this site and some others and I was just wondering what the physical requirements are and what boot camp is like? Thank you and GOD BLESS USMC!

Posted by: Jospeh Noble on 11/24/2010

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Joseph,
To prepare for the physical demands of Marine Corps Recruit Training, you should know that a perfect score of 300 for a male on the Marine Corps' Physical Fitness Test (PFT) consists of 20 pull-ups, 100 crunches in less than two minutes, and a 3-mile run in 18 minutes or less. However, the minimum passing score is 135. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements. Contact a recruiter at http://bit.ly/gm06Z4 or call 1-800-MARINES.

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Posted by: Community Manager on 03/03/2011

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i live in Dear ID, and was wondering if i could get some recruiter info for around here.

Posted by: Jacob Wheeler on 11/09/2010

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Jacob,
To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

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Posted by: Community Manager on 03/03/2011

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I am 14 and i want to be a Marine and i have my college picked out and i want to enroll as soon as i get out of college

Posted by: Connor Dextraze on 09/26/2010

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Michael Martin Avatar

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I am a prior service sailor looking for information on becoming a Marine can anyone help me if you have any info please.

Posted by: Michael Martin on 09/26/2010

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Michael,
Service members of other branches of the military interested in becoming a Marine must meet the same standards and requirements that all civilians do, including completing Marine Corps recruit training. Get in touch with a Marine Corps recruiter at http://bit.ly/dJMUwK. />
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Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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Jonathan - To contact a Recruiter about information on graduation requirements and other steps to becoming a Marine, please fill out the RMI form on Marines.com
http://www.marines.com/rmi

Posted by: Community Manager on 09/13/2010

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Casey - Yes, these are still the correct requirements for receiving a 300 on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. For more information on preparing for and completing Marine Corps Recruit Training, visit http://www.marines.com/main/index/making_marines/recruit_training.

Posted by: Community Manager on 09/13/2010

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What is a perfect score for a PFT now? is it still 3 miles in 18:00, 100 crunches in two minutes, and 20 pull ups?

Posted by: casey waid on 09/01/2010

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hey what happends when you dont got a high school diploma can they help me to get one?..

Posted by: Jonathan Taracena on 08/29/2010

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Jonathan,
To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, visit http://bit.ly/frOFiU or call 1-800-MARINES to contact a recruiter.

-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 03/22/2011

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Anthony - A Marine Corps recruiter is the best resource for information related to enlistment requirements that are specific to your situation. Please fill out the form located on Marines.com to find a recruiter near you: http://www.marines.com/rmi
Thanks for joining LifeAsAMarine.com!

Posted by: Community Manager on 08/20/2010

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What are the requirements for a citizen of Jamaica?

Posted by: Anthony Hamilton on 07/26/2010

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Anthony,
Thank you for your interest. You must be a United States citizen or legal immigrant to enlist in the Marine Corps. Once a Marine, non-citizens are eligible for naturalization, and many general naturalization requirements may be diminished or waived for qualifying service members. You can find more information on citizenship and military service at http://bit.ly/hFpH4T or contact a Marine Corps recruiter at http://bit.ly/eDsX6R. />
-LifeAsAMarine Community Manager

Posted by: Community Manager on 02/21/2011

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