There are numerous enlistment terms and enlistment programs available in the Marine Corps, but the most common enlistment contracts require four or five years of active duty service. Depending on an individual's level of education, unique qualifications and other determining factors, guaranteed training and duty assignments may be available. If you have questions about enlistment options, a Marine Recruiter is your best resource for information.


Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. It also requires completing a multi-aptitude test, passing an initial fitness test and meeting certain eligibility requirements. If you have further questions about your eligibility, you can contact a Marine Recruiter who will explain in detail the initial requirements for enlistment.


For individuals who decide to pursue our title, Marine Corps Recruit Training will be one of the most mentally and physically challenging experiences ever faced. Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps and are trained to respond appropriately and convincingly when called upon by our nation. Those who are able to rise to this challenge will gain a sense of purpose, honor and pride that few will ever know.

Infantry Leader Program

If selected to participate in the Infantry Leader Program, you will have a clear and accelerated path to becoming an Infantry Squad Leader, but the opportunity to become a leader of Marines cannot be guaranteed—only earned.


The Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP) allows young men and women to enlist in the Marine Corps even though they may not begin recruit training for up to a year. The DEP ensures that all future Marines will report to their Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot ready, both physically and mentally. In the time between signing their contract and officially beginning their training, they will develop a sense of brotherhood through family nights, training events and other activities facilitated by their Marine Recruiter. Because enlisted men and women do not earn the title Marine until they complete recruit training, the aspiring Marines enrolled in the Delayed Entry Program are called "Poolees."  To prepare for the challenges of recruit training, Marine Corps Recruiters train with their Poolees and teach them about the Marine Corps' culture and  values.


Every Marine is first and foremost, a rifleman, but every Marine also has a specific job assignment in the Corps called a Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. These specialties are assigned to individuals based on their personal preferences, their ASVAB scores, and most importantly, the needs of the Corps. After successfully completing Recruit Training, Marines undergo specialized training to prepare them for the roles that will define their time in the Corps.

Musician Enlistment Option Program

The Musician Enlistment Option Program (MEOP) presents the rare opportunity to serve our nation as both a musician and a warrior. Those few who have what it takes physically, mentally and musically can make freedom ring throughout our Corps, our country and beyond. To learn more about MEOP and the enlistment incentives offered exclusively to Marine musicians, click the link below to request more information. When filling out the form, please check the box for learning about musician opportunities in the Marine Corps.