The first step to join the U.S. Marine Corps is to speak to a recruiter. Complete a contact form at Marines.com to receive local recruitment information.
To be eligible for enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps, an applicant must meet certain criteria. He must be at least 17 years old but no older than 29 years old at the time of enlistment. Only legal residents of the United States may enlist. Additionally, applicants for enlistment must hold a high school diploma, though some people may be eligible for a GED waiver. Applicants must also pass a physical examination and obtain a prescribed minimum score in the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery.
The initial swearing-in ceremony takes place at the Military Entry Processing Station. After swearing in, the applicant must report to one of the two recruit training depots in either San Diego, California, or Parris Island, South Carolina, depending on the recruit's geographical location. After successfully completing four months of initial training, a recruit earns the title of U. S. Marine. Following basic training, the newly graduated Marine reports to the School of Infantry to continue his advanced military training in either the Infantry Training Battalion or Marine Combat Training.