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Why the Marines?


>> ROXANNE JUNGE: As Josh approached the end of his senior year, he had a lot of options open to him. He was a smart student, very smart student, near the top of his class. And his--his options were not limited. So when he chose the Marines, it was not because he had to. It was because he wanted to. And he felt called to it. >> DR. BARRY ERDMAN: It's a unique branch. And I wanted to be something that was pretty unique. And the Marine Corps was that. They--I just--the uniforms, the way they--they talk, the way they stand, the discipline, it's just, “Wow, I want to be a part of that.” >> HANK ROBERTS: I felt like I had a duty to my country and a responsibility to be of service. That's probably one of the things that motivates every Marine to join the Marines. >> ERIC KAPITULIK: They expect more out of their officers. They demand more out of their officers. I wanted to be held to a higher standard by my officers commanding over me and more importantly by my Marines. And I wanted to see if I was up to the challenge. It ended up being the best decision of my life. >> RITA STIGALL: What most stood out to me about him wanting to become a Marine was the pride in it all. I can see how he lit up when they spoke to him about the different aspects of being a Marine. And it's like, you know, it felt like I could see his shoulders kind of raise up and, you know -- you know, pull back a little bit. >> SSGT. DUANE BLANK: I serve because it's always been a lifelong dream of mine. I've noticed that the Marines have always held themselves to a higher standard. >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: I didn't want to be like the rest. I wanted to be with the few guys that always have your back. >> ROXANNE JUNGE: He said, "If I choose the Marines, I will know that it's the hardest for me to do. And so it will ask the most of me. And I know that I will respect myself more if I do that." >> SGT. DARYL McNATT: They want to show that they earned that eagle, globe and anchor, that they're an elite fighting force, that they're the best of the best. >> SSGT. DUANE BLANK: When you're old and gray, and you look back, and you see what you accomplished in life, is college all you accomplished, or did you do something with your life? Like President Reagan said, many people go through life wondering if they made a difference. Marines don't have that problem. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: For the Marine Corps, just like probably any occupation, profession, or trade out there is not necessarily for everyone. An individual who would be self-motivated and aspiring to accomplish something significant in their lives and want to--want to be part of what's happening in the world, I think would be a good individual to join the Marine Corps. >> HANK ROBERTS: Whatever you do after you become a Marine, you’ll do better. Wherever you go, you will be noted. And if you never accomplish anything else the rest of your life, at the end of your life, you can say, "I was a Marine." 00:03:07:15

Service in the Marine Corps appeals to sons, daughters or students like yours for many reasons, including selfless service, pride, legacy, challenge, and a sense of belonging.

The desire to make a difference and serve selflessly inspires many to become Marines. Young men and women who have always stood up for what's right and contributed to a greater cause make successful Marines.

Ambitious, smart and motivated young men and women who want to be part of a prestigious organization are drawn to the Marine Corps' reputation as America's most elite fighting force.

Many young men and women consider enlistment in the Marine Corps just to prove they can succeed at the challenge of a lifetime. Undoubtedly, the Marine Corps is a test of physical capability, mental endurance and character beyond any other.

A sense of belonging is also a strong reason for many to join the Corps. Many youths want to feel commitment and loyalty to and from the group they join next in life. The brotherhood found in the Marine Corps is legendary; Marines put the Marine to the left and right ahead of themselves. This spirit of Semper Fidelis —always faithful—is something they can’t find anywhere else.

No matter the reason for their interest, the Marine Corps seeks out America's best: young people who already have a solid foundation of character, as established by parenting or mentorship.

Parents and mentors have many reasons to support the decision to become a Marine.

Most Marine parents say they supported the decision to join when they felt confident that their son or daughter made their choice based on information and discussion rather than just impulse.

Parents and mentors want their kids to be stronger, mentally and physically. They see that the Marine Corps can strengthen their sons’ and daughters’ sense of purpose, and that the Marine Corps seeks a partnership in developing their son or daughter into the best possible version of themselves.

Many parents support the desire to defend our country. They want their son or daughter to have a path that allows them to make a difference. They believe in the spirit of service and believe their loved one is choosing to serve a noble cause.

Finally, benefits allow their son or daughter to enjoy the way of life they are helping to protect. The Marine Corps provides for every Marine, with a comprehensive benefits package and continuing opportunities for self-improvement throughout service and life. An emphasis on education and training, steady pay at the standard armed forces rate and character traits that prepare them for life are among the benefits of becoming a Marine.

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Katherine Rojas Avatar


Im a future recruit and i know what i want. I want to be apart of this amazing honor that builds strength, disclipline, and teamwork. My parents dissapprove of what i want for my future. I know i am going to be a recruit with or without support. It just feels like i am forced to choose between my nation and my family, i lose my dream or my parents.

Posted by: Katherine Rojas on 09/12/2012




Ebony Jackson Avatar


i am a future recruit and appreciate the support of my family when it comes! The air force runs in my family like blood runs through veins, so telling my family that i wanted to go to the marines was a schocker for all of them. Not to mention i will be the first girl in my family to go to the corps.

Posted by: Ebony Jackson on 04/19/2012




Michele Temple Avatar


My son also signed up for the delayed entry last year. He is taking more classes online to graduate early and start his career as a Marine! At first I was scared, but fully supported his decision. I am proud of him! My son really wants this and talks about it everyday! He cant wait to join!!!

I am a proud Marine mom! The few and the Proud!! Semper Fi !!!

Posted by: Michele Temple on 04/08/2012




Steve Marinko Avatar

Former Marine

Oh How so True.....Semper Fi Til I Die!!!!!

Posted by: Steve Marinko on 01/19/2012




Hope  McInnes Avatar


Well, My son signed up for the Marine Corps delayed entry program , before he started his Sr Year...It has so far worked out. There are a lot of Physical Demands on these kids....but it could be a lot worse. They have to understand that we are trying to prepare them for ....confrontation! The most intensive confrontation ever!!!

Posted by: Hope McInnes on 12/03/2010




Mike Souza Avatar


I am also signing up for the Marines, and also going into my senior year. It's going to be a challenge, but it'll be worth every second of it in the long-run.

Posted by: Mike Souza on 05/04/2011