Becoming a Marine

Enlisted Path

We take purpose-led recruits and build them into victory-driven Marines—transforming the most willing into the most capable.

FIERCELY FOUGHT. DECISIVELY WON.

The most demanding battles are won by those who demand victory even in the midst of their own fears, doubt, exhaustion and stress. At Parris Island, SC, and San Diego, CA, your proudest days are reached by enduring your most grueling. It is through 12 weeks of adversity that a lifetime of honor is earned.

Enlisted Eligibility

Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. It also requires completing an aptitude test, passing an initial fitness test and meeting certain eligibility requirements. Though your recruiter can tell you if you’re eligible to be a Marine, only 12 demanding weeks of recruit training can determine if you’re capable of becoming one. Before you set down this path, contact a Marine Recruiter to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense challenges ahead.

Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. It also requires completing an aptitude test, passing an initial fitness test and meeting certain eligibility requirements. Though your recruiter can tell you if you’re eligible to be a Marine, only 12 demanding weeks of recruit training can determine if you’re capable of becoming one. Before you set down this path, contact a Marine Recruiter to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense challenges ahead.

INITIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be at least 17 years old at time of enlistment
Must not have reached 29th birthday upon start of recruit training
Must provide proof of legal residency
Must pass a physical examination
Must have a high school diploma
Must attend and graduate recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

TERMS OF ENLISTMENT CONTRACT OPTIONS

4 years active status, 4 years inactive
5 years active status, 3 years inactive
6 years active status, 2 years inactive
To learn more about contract options, contact a Marine Recruiter.

ENLISTED ELIGIBILITY

Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. It also requires completing an aptitude test, passing an initial fitness test and meeting certain eligibility requirements. Though your recruiter can tell you if you’re eligible to be a Marine, only 12 demanding weeks of recruit training can determine if you’re capable of becoming one. Before you start down this path, contact a Marine Recruiter to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense challenges ahead.

INITIAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be at least 17 years old at time of enlistment
Must not have reached 29th birthday upon start of recruit training
Must provide proof of legal residency
Must pass a physical examination
Must have a high school diploma
Must attend and graduate recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

TERMS OF ENLISTMENT CONTRACT OPTIONS

4 years active status, 4 years inactive
5 years active status, 3 years inactive
6 years active status, 2 years inactive
To learn more about contract options, contact a Marine Recruiter.

ENLISTED ELIGIBILITY

Becoming an Enlisted Marine requires the ability to meet the highest standards of moral, mental and physical strength. It also requires completing an aptitude test, passing an initial fitness test and meeting certain eligibility requirements. Though your recruiter can tell you if you’re eligible to be a Marine, only 12 demanding weeks of recruit training can determine if you’re capable of becoming one. Before you start down this path, contact a Marine Recruiter to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense challenges ahead.

TALKING TO A RECRUITER

There’s no one better than a Marine Recruiter to determine if the Corps is right for you—and if you are right for the Corps. Watch this video to find out what to expect when you contact a Marine Recruiter.