How to join the Marines

How to join the Marines

Taking the necessary steps in joining the Marines

Joining the United States Marines is a simple enough procedure in theory but there are several steps that any perspective recruit needs to take in order for the process as smooth as possible. The procedure begins before you ever step foot inside the recruiters office.


Step 1

Do your research

Before you go and speak with a Marine Corp. recruiter you need to do your research into the requirements you will be expected to meet. This includes weight level-1s, body fat level-1s, as well as physical fitness level-1s. Weight and body fat level-1s differ for each individual based on their height and age. Read up on the current level-1s for both both males and females before.

While it is not an absolute requirement it is highly suggested that all potential recruits meet or exceed all physical fitness requirements before they go to boot camp. Recruits are expected to pass the IST (Initial Strength Test) when they first arrive at boot-camp. Males are expected to perform 2 pull ups, 35 crunches in a two minute period and a one and a half mile run in 13:30 or less. Females are expected to perform a 12 second flexed arm hand, 35 crunches in a two minute period and a one mile run in 10:00 or less.

If you fail to meet and of these level-1s you should strive to meet them before attempting to enlist.

Step 2

Gather the required paperwork

To join the U.S. Marines, you must have the required paperwork. Items that everyone will need to bring to their recruiter include their birth certificate, drivers license or state ID, social security card and their highschool diploma or GED. Other paperwork may be necessary depending on the individual.

Married individuals will be required to bring their marriage certificate as well as the birth certificate and social security card of their spouse.

Those with children or any other legal dependant will be required to have their birth certificate, social security cards and proof of legal guardianship if applicable.

Potential recruits who have attended college, whether they completed a degree or not, will need to have their transcripts as well. In most cases official sealed transcripts will not be necessary.

Special circumstances may require additional paperwork at the discretion of the recruiter.

Step 3

Go to your local recruiters office

Once you are physically prepared and have gathered all of the required paperwork it is time to visit your local recruiters office. Here you will be required to fill out some initial paperwork and an appointment will be made for you to complete an initial physical. It is very important at this time that you reveal any medical conditions you may have so that you can not be charged with fraudulent enlistment if they are discovered later on.

After it is determined that you are physically fit for duty you will then be required to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test.

Step 4

Enter the Delayed Entry Program (DEP)

The Delayed Entry Program, normally referred to as the DEP program for short, helps future recruits to gain a small insight into the boot camp experience. Depending on the recruiting office members of the DEP program, otherwise known as «poolies», meet at least once a week. During these meeting there will usually be a period of physical training, studying military knowledge and a chance to ask questions. If you aren’t already meeting the Marine Corps physical level-1s this program will help you get there.

Step 5

Prepare yourself for Boot-camp

Most potential recruits have at least one month between entering the Delayed Entry Program and shipping off to boot-camp. This time should be spent preparing for the thirteen week training period. Be sure to get any financial affairs in order before leaving and if necessary fill out any Powers of Attorney that will be needed to take care of any problems in your absence. On a more personal note, be sure to visit with family during this time since you won’t be seeing them for a while.

Things Needed
• Birth Certificate
• Social Security Card
• High School Transcript or GED
• Drivers License or State ID

Tips & Warnings
• Know your reasons for joining.
• Find ways to keep yourself motivated.
• Expect to be yelled at.
• Don’t take things too personally.


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