The Marine Corps takes care of its own, providing Marines with the skills, education and financial security to succeed as warriors and citizens. If you become one of us, we will invest in you and your future. While in and out of uniform, you will be able to enjoy the way of life you defend.
"Always Faithful" is the motto of every Marine — and a compact to each Marine. Warrior to Warrior, Marine Corps to Marine, the motto Semper Fidelis is an eternal commitment to the success of our missions and the well-being of our Marines. The strength of our nation depends on the vitality of our institution; but the Marine Corps is only as capable as those who earn its title. Marines benefit from this compact with the skills, education and financial security to become both effective warriors and quality citizens. If you become one of us, we will invest in you and your future. The change is forever — so is our commitment.
Every Marine has the opportunity to live the American dream they help to defend. Earning a salary while you train and serve allows you to become self-sufficient and to provide for your family. After retirement, a Marine Corps pension can give you the financial foundation you need to embark on another career. During Service: While on active duty, you'll be compensated at the standard Marine Corps pay rate. You can expect regular cost-of-living pay increases, housing or housing allowances and annual uniform allowances. You will earn pay raises in conjunction with promotions and time of service during your career in the Marine Corps. Advancement allows you to grow as a leader as well as increase your sense of financial security. After Service: After 20 years of active duty service, Marines receive retirement benefits and a pension, which enables retirement at an earlier age than most civilian opportunities. Many retired Marines enjoy full civilian careers after service, knowing they have the added financial security of a Marine Corps pension.
Health and Readiness
Marine Corps healthcare coverage keeps all Marines in good health, so they can accomplish their mission and support their families. During Service: While serving in the Marine Corps, every Marine and his or her immediate family will receive a number of health benefits including free comprehensive medical insurance and competitively priced dental insurance. In addition, Marines may purchase life insurance at a minimal cost. Most bases have medical facilities available to active duty Marines and their immediate families. If there are no medical facilities available on base, Marines are referred to a civilian facility. After Service: If you remain in the Marine Corps through retirement, your medical benefits will extend throughout your lifetime and that of your spouse at reduced rates. You may also be entitled to receive prescription medicine benefits, as well as care in a Veteran Administration (VA) hospital.
A House and a Home
On-base housing builds a secure, tight-knit community among Marine families. Marines with families have the option of living with their families on-base in Military Family Housing. Those who are authorized to live off base will be compensated with a monthly housing allowance. In addition, the Veterans Administration (VA) offers loans for purchasing a home, both during and after service.
An Investment in Each Marine
Education and knowledge are not just highly valued in the workplace, they also help strengthen our nation's communities and economy. That's why the Marine Corps makes sure every Marine has the ability to pursue their educational objectives. During Service: As a Marine, up to 100 percent of your education expenses may be paid by the federal government through programs like Tuition Assistance, the Post 9-11 GI Bill and the Marine Corps College Fund. Select Marines may earn a degree through the College Degree Program, which has both a four- and two-year option. Both options cover the cost of tuition, fees, textbooks and uniforms at certain selected colleges and universities.
In addition, Marine Corps Officers have the opportunity to earn Master's Degrees and law degrees under the Advanced Degree Program, Special Education Program and Funded Law Program, all of which are partially funded by the Marine Corps. After Service: These education benefits extend well beyond active duty and are awarded based on the number of years served and the specific education program in which you enroll. In some cases, the benefits may also be transferred to your spouse or child. Request more information and talk to a recruiter for specific questions about financial aid or educational opportunities in the Corps.
- Academic credit available for a graduate degree from an accredited college or university
- Financial assistance toward tuition during active duty
Special Education Program
- Study a curriculum tailored to the billet needs of the Marine Corps while maintaining pay status
- Tuition and some related expenses covered by the Marine Corps
Advanced Degree Program (ADP)
- Selected officers allowed 18 months away from the Marine Corps to attend graduate school full time
- Officers receive regular pay and allowances
- Officers pay their own tuition, but GI bill often will cover academic expenses
Today's society is more globally connected than ever, and travel during service offers Marines a broad perspective. The Marine Corps trains and deploys throughout the United States and the world, and most Marines should expect to see duty anywhere there is a Marine base or operation. In addition, duty assignments at American embassies and consulates throughout the world offer opportunities to travel and to expand cultural horizons.
Enjoy the Freedom You Protect
Vacation time, known as leave, ensures that Marines can spend time with family, are well-rested in body and in spirit and remain prepared for the challenges of service. Marines receive 30 days of leave each year, including 10 days before reporting to their first assignment after graduating from recruit training.