Becoming a Marine is unlike any other commitment and unlike any other decision your son or daughter will make. It puts everything inside them to the test – character, strength, resilience, and determination. But what is gained on the other side of their ultimate test opens the door to a life experience and world of opportunities not attainable by the masses. A life that sharpens their identity and puts them on the path to purpose. It will be the beginning of a proud legacy of service, and an unmistakable connection to country, for them and for your family. This is why we are The Few and The Proud.
Before the title of Marine can be earned, the decision has to be made – to commit to a calling that puts service ahead of self, purpose above pleasure, and honor over ego. Becoming a Marine affects the entire family, and so it’s a decision the entire family should discuss. As you prepare your son or daughter for the milestones ahead, consider your own transformation – from that of a loving mom or dad to an unbelievably proud Marine parent.
But this is not a decision for the faint of heart and should not be taken lightly. Considerations must be taken into account: your recruit will have to make sacrifices, will be away from home, and after completing some of the most mentally and physically demanding training on earth, could see combat. However, the pride of becoming an elite warrior and member of the Marine family is something unlike anything else in the world. The Corps does not take this commitment lightly and the sacrifice never goes unrewarded. Instead it is met with unwavering loyalty, etched into the hearts of every Marine with two words: Always Faithful.