Becoming a Marine

OVERVIEW

You don't join the Marines. You become one. This is where the battle begins.
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    Find Your Fight

    Ours is a noble path and a demanding journey, reserved for those with the willingness to engage and determination to defeat all mental, moral and physical requirements to join the Marines.

    Over fear and doubt, through fatigue and scrutiny—Marines win. Those few who comprise our enlisted and officer ranks possess the fight in them to win for us all and have earned the benefits and responsibilities of our title.

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    Find Your Fight

    Ours is a noble path and a demanding journey, reserved for those with the willingness to engage and determination to defeat all mental, moral and physical requirements to join the Marines.

    Over fear and doubt, through fatigue and scrutiny—Marines win. Those few who comprise our enlisted and officer ranks possess the fight in them to win for us all and have earned the benefits and responsibilities of our title.

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    Enlisted to Execute Missions

    Faithfully, courageously and decisively, enlisted Marines execute each mission, leading with honor to win battles in combat, in communities and where help is needed most. Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps and are trained to respond appropriately and convincingly when called upon.

    Contacting a Marine Recruiter gives you direct access to a Marine who has trained beside recruits, served alongside Marines and understands the exact Marine Corps requirements to become an Enlisted Marine.

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    Enlisted to Execute Missions

    Faithfully, courageously and decisively, enlisted Marines execute each mission, leading with honor to win battles in combat, in communities and where help is needed most. Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps and are trained to respond appropriately and convincingly when called upon.

    Contacting a Marine Recruiter gives you direct access to a Marine who has trained beside recruits, served alongside Marines and understands the exact Marine Corps requirements to become an Enlisted Marine.

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    Commissioned to Command Missions

    Strategically, knowledgeably and soundly, Marine Officers command each mission, earning the trust of their Marines and the confidence of our entire Nation—to win.

    The Marine Officer uniform represents the ability to learn and adopt leadership skills that have been tried and proven in every conflict this Nation has seen. It is by facing, winning and learning through each battle that Marine Officers develop their own leadership styles and adapt them to best suit the needs of the mission and the well-being of their Marines.

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    Commissioned to Command Missions

    Strategically, knowledgeably and soundly, Marine Officers command each mission, earning the trust of their Marines and the confidence of our entire Nation—to win.

    The Marine Officer uniform represents the ability to learn and adopt leadership skills that have been tried and proven in every conflict this Nation has seen. It is by facing, winning and learning through each battle that Marine Officers develop their own leadership styles and adapt them to best suit the needs of the mission and the well-being of their Marines.

Enlisted Training

Through the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training, hear the battle cry of our fighting spirit: Battles Won.

Officer Training

Officer Candidates School (OCS) is where mind, body and leadership ability are battle-tested and battle-proven.

Enlisted Training

Through the rigors of Marine Corps Recruit Training, hear the battle cry of our fighting spirit: Battles Won.

Officer Training

Officer Candidates School (OCS) is where mind, body and leadership ability are battle-tested and battle-proven.

It wasn’t willed to you; it isn’t a gift...Few can claim the title; no one may take it away.

— MSgt Thomas P. Bartlett

MARINE RESERVE OPTION

Enlisted or officer, as one of the Few in the Marine Reserve, you will forever be known by the title you earn—United States Marine. The training commitments of Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines in the Reserve are identical: one weekend a month and two consecutive weeks every year.

DIFFERENT TERMS. SAME STANDARDS.

Enlisted Marines in the Reserve go through the same intense training and work in the same Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) as their active-duty counterparts. However, with the ability to train on a different schedule near home or school, these Marines can continue to pursue a full-time civilian career or education.

THE RESERVE OFFICER

A Marine Officer in the Reserve must meet the same qualification process required of all active-duty officers, and upon completion, he or she will be assigned to a reserve unit, often near his or her hometown.

MARINE RESERVE OPTION

Enlisted or officer, as one of the Few in the Marine Reserve, you will forever be known by the title you earn—United States Marine. The training commitments of Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines in the Reserve are identical: one weekend a month and two consecutive weeks every year.

DIFFERENT TERMS. SAME STANDARDS.

Enlisted Marines in the Reserve go through the same intense training and work in the same Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) as their active-duty counterparts. However, with the ability to train on a different schedule near home or school, these Marines can continue to pursue a full-time civilian career or education.

THE RESERVE OFFICER

A Marine Officer in the Reserve must meet the same qualification process required of all active-duty officers, and upon completion, he or she will be assigned to a reserve unit, often near his or her hometown.