How Do You Enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps?


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To enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps, complete the Contact a Recruiter form on the official Marines website to receive the contact information of a local recruiter that you can enlist with. Recruits must meet specific eligibility requirements and must complete 12 weeks of rigorous training.

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To enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps as of 2015, you must be at least 17 years of age, have a high school diploma, be able to prove that you are a legal resident of the United States and be able to pass a physical examination. The physical examination tests your ability to complete specific physical tasks with minimum requirements the program has set. Such minimum requirements for males include being able to do two pull-ups, 44 crunches in two minutes and being able to run 1.5 miles in under 13 minutes and 30 seconds.

During the 12-week training program, recruits receive extensive training that teaches them all aspects of what it takes to be a marine. This includes learning the Uniform Code of Military Justice, learning the basics of discipline and teamwork, as well as learning the strict requirements the Marine Corps has set for personal hygiene. Combat training comes in the form of learning how to use a bayonet, learning how to aim and learning how to combat enemies one on one. Recruits also receive endurance training, such as learning how to rappel from helicopters.

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