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What benefits—such as health insurance, vacation time and education reimbursement—do enlisted Marines receive?

The Marine Corps provides a full benefits package, including salary, medical, housing, vacation and other standard benefits. In addition, every Marine acquires invaluable leadership skills and also receives the honor of being called a United States Marine. A Marine Recruiter can explain the benefits of the Marine Corps in further detail. 

What are the educational opportunities and benefits in the Marine Corps?

As a Marine, up to 100% of your education expenses may be paid for by the federal government through programs like Tuition Assistance, the GI Bill, and the Marine Corps College Fund. Learn more here.  Dependent upon force readiness needs and deployment status, Marines may attend school through the two- or four-year College Degree Program, which covers tuition, fees, and textbooks at selected colleges and universities, and Marine Officers may be eligible for financial assistance with advanced degrees. For more information, contact a Marine recruiter.

Where can I find information about a Marine Corps salary?

A Marine Corps Recruiter or Officer Selection Officer is the best person for you to talk to about your salary and benefits within the Marine Corps.  You can request more information by submitting this form.

What health benefits does the Marine Corps offer?

The Marine Corps offers many benefits for Marines and their families.  While serving in the Marine Corps, every Marine and his or her immediate family will receive a number of health benefits including free comprehensive medical insurance and competitively priced dental insurance.  You can learn more about the benefits of becoming a Marine by talking to a Marine recruiter.

I’m getting married soon and want to know if I join the Marine Corps will my husband or wife be able to live with me?

The Marine Corps offers many benefits for Marines and their families. A Marine Recruiter is the best person for you to talk to about specific benefits based on your circumstances. You can also learn about what daily life is like for Marines when they are off duty. 

What's the allowance given when a Marine is expecting a child and when is it given?

A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person for you to talk to about the details surrounding child allowance.

What's the difference between enlisting and becoming an officer? How do I know which path is right for me?

Enlisted Marines make up the majority of the Marine Corps and include ranks from private to sergeant major of the Marine Corps. Officers are leaders of Marines and include ranks from second lieutenant to four-star general. Whether you are interested in service as an enlisted Marine or as an officer, a recruiter will be able to discuss your options based on your education level, experience and goals.

Why is the recruiter the best resource for joining the Marine Corps?

Only a Marine knows what it's really like to be a Marine. The recruiter has been through the journey you are considering, from the beginning of the decision process all the way through recruit training and beyond. It is the recruiter's job to help you decide if the Marine Corps is a good fit for you.

How do I find a recruiter near me?

Go to Contact a Marine and fill out the form. Contact information for the recruiter located nearest you will be provided after the form is submitted. 

How should I prepare for a visit with a recruiter?

Schedule an appointment by calling the recruiting office nearest you. The phone number will be provided after you submit the Contact A Marine form. Having an appointment will ensure that you have the recruiter's undivided attention. Write down any questions you have about becoming a Marine before you go, and do not be afraid to ask them. Answering your questions is part of the recruiter's job. Bring pen and paper to take notes during your talk. Remember to gather informational brochures and booklets when you visit. You can also watch the video Talking with a Recruiter for more information on what to expect.

What does "commissioning" mean?

Commissioning is the process of earning an official appointment to the rank of second lieutenant. There are several ways to seek a commission, including Platoon Leaders Class, Officer Candidate Course, NROTC, the Naval Academy, The Citadel and enlisted-to-officer programs. Please see Officer Commissioning Path for more information.

How do I find an Officer Selection Officer (OSO) near me?

Fill out this form. The contact information for a selection station near you will be provided after you submit the form.

How should I prepare for a visit with an Officer Selection Officer (OSO)?

Make an appointment. While walk-ins are taken, an appointment ensures that you have the Officer Selection Officer's undivided attention.

Before you go, write down any questions you have about becoming a Marine Officer. Don't be afraid to ask them. Answering your questions is part of the Officer Selection Officer's job.

Bring pen and paper to take notes during your talk.

Don't forget to gather informational brochures and booklets when you visit.

Fill out this form to receive local recruiter information.

What opportunities are available to women in the Marine Corps?

All Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) are available to females in the Marine Corps. Contact a Marine to request more information.

Will I be asked to sign anything on my first visit with a recruiter?

Meeting with a Marine recruiter does not imply an obligation to serve. At certain steps in the decision process, such as before taking the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, you may be asked to sign paperwork.

Where can I request a Marine Corps appearance at my local event?

What should I discuss with my family about service in the Marine Corps?

This page  is a great resource for both you and your family as you talk about enlisting in the Marine Corps. It will provide a list of topics you can discuss with your family. A recruiter can also help you find the best way to discuss the decision with your family.

Where do I find information about attending a recruit training graduation ceremony?

Information regarding graduation day is available on the website of each Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego:

http://www.mccsmcrd.com/Graduation/index.html

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island:

http://www.mcrdpi.marines.mil/GraduationInfo.aspx

What is family day at the recruit depot?

For information on Family Day at Parris Island, take a look at http://www.mcrdpi.marines.mil/GraduationInfo.aspx. For MCRD San Diego, take a look at http://www.mccsmcrd.com/Graduation/index.html. This will provide the Family Day schedule, and you can learn more about travel, lodging, ceremonies, graduation packet and vehicle passes.

What are the requirements to enlist in the Marine Corps?

You can find a list of requirements to become a United States Marine here. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about any specific questions, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet the requirements. To contact a Marine, click here

How old do you have to be to join the Marine Corps?

You must be 17 years old (or 16 years old and a junior in high school or equivalent) to contact a Marine Recruiter and enlist in the Marine Corps. If you meet those requirements, please contact a local recruiter by requesting more information. You will also receive information in the mail about the Marine Corps.

I am younger than 17. Can I enlist in the Marine Corps?

No, you must be at least 17 years old to enlist in the Marine Corps. However, you can request more information regardless of age. Contact a Marine Recruiter to learn more about becoming a Marine.

I am older than 29. Can I enlist in the Marine Corps?

Waivers may be available on a case-by-case basis for those over the eligible enlisted age of 29. Contact your local Marine recruiter to discuss your personal qualifications.

Do I have to graduate from high school before I can become a Marine?

You will need to receive your high school diploma before beginning recruit training; however, you can talk to a Marine recruiter or sign your enlistment contract before graduating high school. A recruiter can answer any questions you have, including discussing case-by-case options for those with nontraditional high school diplomas or completion certificates.

Can I enlist in the Marine Corps with a GED?

Applicants with a GED or other non-traditional diplomas will need to be further reviewed by a Marine Corps recruiter. Additionally, these applicants must meet the same enlistment standards that all applicants do, including being 17 years-old and meeting other physical, mental, and moral requirements. To enlist or discuss opportunities in the United States Marine Corps, contact a Marine Recruiter.

Do you have to pass the ASVAB to join the Marine Corps?

Marines are counted on to make sound decisions quickly, and are constantly placed in situations where their mental acuity is tested. Because of this, those who seek our title must pass a series of timed, multidisciplinary tests known as the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).  Visit your local bookstore for ASVAB training resources.

What score do I need to make on the ASVAB to enlist in the Marine Corps?

To enlist in the Marine Corps you must pass the ASVAB with a score of 31 or higher. This page is a good resource to help you prepare for the test or visit your local bookstore for ASVAB training resources.  A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about any specific questions, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet the requirements. Request more information here.

What are the height and weight requirements for the USMC?

Height and weight requirements to enlist in the Marine Corps are different for each recruit. A recruiter is absolutely the best source for answers to specific questions, and request more information.

What is the Marine Corps general tattoo policy?

As tattoos vary from one person to another, recruiters are the best resource for questions about tattoos, including placement, number, and how they may affect your career in the Marine Corps. Contact a Marine recruiter for more information on becoming a Marine.

I have health issues — can I still become a Marine?

To enlist in the armed forces, every applicant is administered a physical exam similar to a high school sports physical. Any health concerns and conditions can be discussed with your local recruiter or Officer Selection Officer.

How old do I have to be in order to seek a commission as a Marine Corps Officer?

You must be at least 18 years of age; however, waivers may be available on a case-by-case basis. Contact your local recruiter or Officer Selection Officer to discuss your personal qualifications.

I am older than 28 years old. Can I still become a Marine Corps Officer?

Waivers may be available on a case-by-case basis for those over the eligible officer age of 28. Contact your local recruiter or Officer Selection Officer to discuss your personal qualifications.

Do I have to graduate from college before I can become a Marine Corps officer?

While all officers must have a degree from an accredited four-year university before receiving their commission, college students can begin their training toward earning a commission during college. See Officer Commissioning Paths for more information. Enlisted Marines without a college degree may apply to earn a degree and seek a commission through one of the enlisted-to-officer programs.

I have an associate's degree. Can I still become a Marine Corps Officer?

While all officers must have a degree from an accredited four-year university before receiving their commission, you may discuss options available to you with an Officer Selection Officer.

Do I have to be a United States Citizen to enlist in the Marine Corps?

You must be a United States citizen or legal resident to enlist in the Marine Corps. If you meet these requirements, you can contact a recruiter here. This page is managed by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. For more information about acquiring a Permanent Resident Visa please visit the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website: http://www.uscis.gov/greencard

How can I prepare myself for training as a Marine Corps Officer?

Before beginning Officer Candidates School, your Officer Selection Officer will guide your physical training regimen and prepare you for the challenge of becoming a Marine Corps Officer.

How do I get in shape for the Marine Corps?

The PFT is a standard test that measures the battle-readiness of each Marine once a year, with a focus on stamina and physical conditioning. The test consists of a three-mile run, pull-ups or pushups, and crunches. Marines are assessed on a points system across these three categories and must receive a high enough score to pass.

Those who wish to pursue a ground combat MOS must complete the gender neutral ground combat arms Initial Strength Test or IST. A Marine Corps Recruiter is the best person to ask about specific enlistment requirements, and he or she may be able to help you develop a plan to ensure that you meet those requirements.

What is the difference in terms of training between an officer and an enlisted Marine?

Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines train together, deploy together and come to rely on one another during their time in the Corps.  Both Marine Officers and Enlisted Marines have opportunities in most fields, but they are trained to take on different roles within a field. Whether you begin your journey on the officer side or on the enlisted side, if you have what it takes to earn the title Marine, you will become part of a brotherhood that lasts a lifetime. 

What happens after Recruit Training?

After graduation from recruit training, Marines attend the School of Infantry (SOI) - those with an Infantry Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) are trained at Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) over the course of 52 days, and those with a non-Infantry MOS are trained at Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT) over the course of 29 days. Upon completion of SOI, non-Infantry MOS Marines attend their MOS school, which entail differing lengths, graduation requirements, and locations. All Marines are then assigned to a unit with a Permanent Duty Station (PDS), and may be deployed overseas if their unit is ordered to do so. Learn more about recruit training and request more information here.

What kinds of specialties are available for Marine Corps Officers?

Marine Corps Officers are assigned to many Military Occupational Specialties (MOSs) which fall under three main categories: Ground: the majority of Marines operate in ground specialties, in roles ranging from infantry to combat service support. Air: Marine Pilots and Naval Flight Officers train on jets, helicopters, tilt-rotor aircraft and turboprop aircraft. Law: training for Judge Advocates supplements a law degree, with instruction for practicing law in the military. Please see Roles In The Corps for more information.

Do you get to choose your MOS or does the Marine Corps choose it for you?

Based on your qualifications, you will get the choice of a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) field. Marine Corps recruiters are the best resource for information about a specific MOS. You can contact a Marine Recruiter by requesting more information.

What is life like as a Marine Corps Officer?

Officer Candidates earn their commissions after graduating from college and completing a program such as Platoon Leaders Class or Officer Candidate Course. They then attend The Basic School, followed by specialized training which prepares them for their Military Occupational Specialty. Officers serve in the operating forces, leading Marines in their primary MOS. After their first tour, they serve in non-MOS-related positions such as recruiting duty. Officers also attend career-level schools like Expeditionary Warfare School and may seek advanced degrees. Promotions are based on time in rank, successful performance in assignments and appropriate education. During active service, officers and their families have access to a wide range of personal and professional resources such as healthcare, travel, advanced education and financial benefits. Above all, they are part of the Marine Corps family, and this camaraderie, as well as their leadership training and experience leading Marines, lasts a lifetime.

I have previously served in the Marine Corps. How do I re-enlist?

Active duty and reserve opportunities exist for those with prior Marine Corps service. Go to Contact A Marine and fill out the form. Be sure to indicate your interest in prior service opportunities. You will receive contact information for the prior service recruiter nearest you after submitting the form.