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.

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT TRAINING

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. The lifetime of honor is earned only through 13 weeks of adversity.

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 strength test (IST) and meeting certain eligibility requirements.

Thirteen demanding weeks of recruit training ultimately determine if you’re capable of becoming a Marine. Contact a Marine to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense physical, spiritual

FIND A MARINE NEAR ME

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 strength test (IST) and meeting certain eligibility requirements.

Thirteen demanding weeks of recruit training ultimately determine if you’re capable of becoming a Marine. Contact a Marine to explore your options, find out what’s required and learn how to prepare for the immense physical, spiritual

FIND A MARINE NEAR ME

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.

TALKING TO A RECRUITER-Watch Now

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 Marine Corps. The recruiter will guide you on your journey and determine if you are worthy to wear the Marine Corps uniform. Watch this video to find out what to expect when you contact a Marine Recruiter.

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