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The Young Marines is a national youth program for boys and girls, ages eight through high school, focused on leadership, citizenship through community service, self-discipline, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. To find a Young Marine unit in your hometown, visit our Unit Locator and enter your zip code.


National trips such as this allow Young Marines to grow beyond their comfort zone, to meet Young Marines from around the country, and undergo a once-in-a-lifetime trip that can never be replicated. The only way to feel the impact that the Code Talkers, their families, and the Navajo people have on the Young Marines is to experience it in person.


The Young Marines National Foundation (YMNF) exists in order to financially support the mission, values and programs of the Young Marines by the solicitations, preservation and distribution of gifts, grants and matching funds from individuals, corporations and foundations committed to the development of boys and girls into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy drug-free lifestyle.


The mission of the Headquarters Young Marines is to strengthen the effectiveness of our valued volunteers and Young Marines by serving them through professional and reliable leadership and support consistent and motivational training, and responsible stewardship of the program’s resources. William Davis. National Executive Director / CEO ...


The latest edition of Young Marines News Network featuring updates from the Adult Leaders Conference, Division reports from Public Affairs Correspondents during the COVID-19 pandemic, HDF Challenge, National Young Marine of the Year goodbye, and more.


(Please Note: The information on this page is based on research from the Young Marines Program of 2005 and some of the details need to be changed, however the basic contention that all Pentagon approved youth programs serve the purpose of inculcating young people to military values and seek their recruitment into national service still stands.)


The Young Marines was founded in 1959, by the Brass City detachment of the Marine Corps League in Waterbury, CT. The Young Marines received its charter on October 17, 1965, and continued its affiliation with the MCL as well as becoming US Marine Corps drug demand reduction program for youth in July 1993. In 1975 the Young Marines extended its membership to females, and in 1995 the program went ...