Parents & Mentors

If you are a family member, friend or mentor of someone considering service as a United States Marine, it is important that you are able to provide informed guidance during the decision-making process. We invite you to explore how other families have approached the decision, read stories about life in the Corps, download informative discussion guides and get the facts about what it means to become part of the Marine family.

A Noble Calling

Foremost among the reasons many become Marines is the desire to make a positive and lasting difference for themselves, their communities and their fellow man. Parents, educators and coaches are drawn to the Marine Corps' ability to get the very best out of their sons, daughters and students, sharpening their identities and putting them on a path of self fulfillment.

Not for the faint of anything

The decision to serve as a United States Marine is not one to take lightly. You and your family must consider the realities of life as a Marine: serving more than self, the potential to see combat, time away from home, and of course, the immense challenge of completing some of the most demanding training on earth. The demands of service do not go unrewarded, however. There is nothing comparable to earning a pride few will ever know, having an impact on a global stage, and becoming part of a Marine family that lives by two words: Always Faithful.

Character our nation can count on

Few are compelled to serve more than themselves, willing to chisel their minds and bodies so they can help shape their nation's future. You helped mold them into who they are, and should they become Marines, we will build from that foundation a character that can be counted on for life. The path to becoming a Marine must begin with selflessness but will inevitably lead to a lifetime of incomparable pride.

Video Resources

Watch as the parents, educators and coaches of those who've made the decision to become a Marine offer their unique perspectives in this extensive video collection