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.

Built Upon Your Foundation

Behind every great nation are those who serve it. Standing directly behind them are the parents, teachers and mentors who supported them. There is no greater pride than when your children or students find pride in themselves. You helped mold them into who they are, and should they become Marines, you will be just as proud of whom they have become. Find out more about the set of values that strengthens the character of every Marine.

Speaking with a Marine Recruiter

Becoming a Marine is a life-altering decision, and it's perhaps one of the first adult decisions your son or daughter will make. The Marine Recruiter is not only prepared to answer his or her questions, but yours as well. Speaking to a Marine Recruiter will help you understand what it takes to become a Marine and what it means to serve as one.