The bonds we form. The battles we face. See what it means to fight and win as a United States Marine.

PURPOSE & BELONGING

The belonging Marines share is more than mere togetherness. It’s a collective fight for a common purpose.

MARINE CORPS STANDARDS

To uphold the trust our Nation places in each of us, every Marine must meet every Marine standard.

OUR PURPOSE

For a people. A place. An idea. Protecting its interest and guarding its ideals, our Nation is our purpose.

All Marines possess unmistakable qualities. And face undeniable realities. Delve deeper into what truly makes a Marine, a Marine.

OUR VALUES

The values we instill are not only adopted—they’re lived. And you will find them infused in the DNA of every Marine.

LIFE ON BASE

There are requirements of becoming a Marine. And realities of being one. Beyond all the training, see the other side of life in the Corps.

ROLES IN THE CORPS

Explore the numerous ways Marines make their impacts felt in the fight for our Nation and its ideals.

You don’t join the Marines. You become one. Learn what first steps are required to set out on this path of purpose.

REQUIREMENTS

Physical fitness and mental preparedness are characteristics all Marines possess, but before one is eligible, there are certain requirements that must be met.

PROCESS OF BECOMING

Before it's determined whether the Marine Corps is right for you—or if you are right for the Marine Corps—learn what the process of becoming a Marine entails.

BENEFITS

The Marine Corps takes care of its own, providing Marines with the skills, education, and financial security to win in battle and in life.

Life In the Marine Corps
Becoming a Marine

Life In the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps is more than a career path. It is a life path. The day one becomes a Marine brings purpose to every day that follows.

Becoming a Marine

Finding purpose and your place in a common cause. What you truly long for is discovered by fighting for it. This is where the battle begins.

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Battles Won Stories

Operation Moshtarak: Female Engagement teams in Afghanistan

In order to gain the intelligence needed to defeat opposing forces, Marines must earn the trust of the local communities. Marines assigned to Female Engagement Teams describe the different cultures they interact with and why as women they are in the unique position to establish a special rapport and sense of trust with communities abroad.

Benefit Explorer

With the Marine Corps Benefits Explorer tool, you can use the same benefit tags a Marine Recruiter uses to determine if the Corps is right for you.