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Joining the Marine Corps. Information and resources for those who are thinking about enlisting in the United States Military, specifically the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC).
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MOS (Jobs) Listing -- Enlisted
Listing of Enlisted Job Opportunities in the U.S. Marine Corps.

ASVAB Scores Required for Marine Corps Jobs
The Marine Corps converts the ASVAB subtest scores into five composite score areas known as line scores. The line scores determine what job(s) an individual qualifies for. Here are the line score requirements for Marine jobs (MOS).

11 General Orders of a Sentry
he 11 General Orders of a Sentry for the United States Marine Corps.

Advanced Enlistment Rank
As with the other military branches, individuals who enlist in the Marine Corps, who meet certain eligibility criteria can enlist at an advanced rank.

Army and Marine Corps to Increase in Size
The Department of Defense is asking Congress to increase the authorized end strength of the active duty Army and Marine Corps. The Military wants to add 65,000 soldiers and 27,000 Marines to the force by 2012.

Basic Training Confidence Course
One week before recruits go north to Camp Pendleton and begin rifle and field training, they execute a motivational exercise called Confidence Course II.

Basic Training Gas Chamber
In the classroom, the recruits are educated on how to use a gas mask and how it can save their lives on the battlefield if used properly and to help build their confidence about being in an environment with a potentially hazardous substance. In the gas-chamber, they put that confidence to the test.

Basic Training Honor Graduate
What does it take to be selected as an honor graduate in Marine Corps Basic Training? Lance Cpl. Dane E. Childs, Platoon 2078, Company E, a 19 year-old native of Springdale, Ark., attributes his success in recruit training to preparing for it an entire year before shipping to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.

Becoming a Marine Corps Pilot
The process of becoming a Marine Corps pilot is a long and competitive one. Here are some of the hurdles you’ll have to clear.

Boot Camp - Parris Island
The Official Web site for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

Boot Camp - San Diego
The official web site of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Boot Camp Changes
The Marine Corps is implementing a new updated recruit training schedule, for the purpose of reducing the number of injured recruits missing training events and send healthier Marines to the School of Infantry.

Boot Camp Fitness Program
This 8-week fitness program is modeled after the Marine Corps recommended training program for future Drill Instructors. It's the perfect fitness program to get you in shape for Marine Corps Boot Camp.

Commissioning Programs
There are several ways to gain a commission in the United States Marine Corps, whether one is currently enlisted, or whether one is currently a civilian college student/graduate. For those Marine Officers not attending the U.S. Naval Academy, the road to a commission as a lieutenant in the Corps begins with one of several programs at Officer Candidates School.

Criminal History Waivers
As with the other services, the United States Marine Corps and United States Navy screen applicants for "moral qualifications" (criminal history).

Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT)
The Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT) has the reputation of being one of the hardest tests that one can take at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). The EDPT is used by only the Air Force and the Marine Corps. The test is used to evaluate one’s basic ability to learn a military job which involves computer programming or working with electronic data processing equipment.

Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT)
A friend of mine recently took the Air Force/Marine Corps Electronic Data Processing Test (EDPT). Here's a blow-by-blow of the experience.

Enlisted Job Descriptions
Detailed job descriptions and qualification standards for enlisted MOSs (jobs) in the United States Marine Corps.

Enlistment Bonuses
Certain jobs in the United States Marine Corps are authorized a monetary enlistment bonus. Here is a list of the jobs which qualify.

Female Instructors at Basic Combat Training
Can women make a significant contribution to achieving the mission of the Marine Combat Training Battalion? While women Marines have served as combat instructors at MCT (East) for years, the School of Infantry at Camp Pendleton has, until recently, been an all-male bastion.

Height/Weight Charts for New Recruits - Female
Height/weight limitations for new USMC female recruits (before "shipping" to boot camp).

Height/Weight Charts for New Recruits - Male
Height/weight limitations for new USMC male recruits (before "shipping" to boot camp).

Initial Strength Test (IST)
All Marine Corps recruits, male and female, requiring recruit training (boot camp) are required to pass the IST prior to shipping to recruit training.

Boot Camp Stories
A compilation of true Marine Corps Boot Camp stories.

Marine Corps Basic Training Family Day
Family Day, the day before recruit graduation, is a time allotted for recruits to sport around the depot in their new Marine Corps issued uniforms and haircuts after they receive their eagle, globe and anchor emblems.

Marine Corps Boot Camp -- More Than Just Drill Instructors
While preparing for the Corps, recruits learn the ways of the institution from their drill instructors, with whom they spend the majority of their time. What they don't learn from their drill instructors, recruits learn from Instructional Training Company. The ITC instructors are responsible for the recruits' education in several subjects.

Marine Corps Officer Job Descriptions
Job descriptions and qualification criteria for Marine Corps commissioned officer and warrant officer jobs.

Marine Corps Recruiting Command
The primary mission of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC), as its name implies, is to supply recruiters with the resources they need to spread the Corps’ message and enlist the best talent they can find for the Marines.

JAG Accession Program
Want to become a lawyer in the United States Marine Corps? This site tells exactly how the Marine Corps JAG accession programs work.

Non-Citizen Jobs
Listing of Marine MOS's (Jobs) which do not require U.S. Citizenship.

Marine Videos
Videos about the U.S. Marine Corps. Noteworthy is a 50 minute video about Marine Boot Camp.

OCS or Basic Training - Which is Toughter?
Article comparing Marine Enlisted Basic Training to Marine Corps Officer Candidate School.

OCS
All about the U.S. Marine Corp's Officer Candidate School.

Platoon Leaders Course (PLC)
The Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC) is an alternative for NROTC or OCS for college students who wish to become commissioned officers in the United States Marine Corps. College Freshmen and sophmores attend two 6 six-week summer training programs at the USMC OCS, located at Quantico, Virginia. Juniors attend one 10-week summer course.

Prior Service Rank Determination
Here are the rules for rank determination for prior service veterans enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.

Recruiting Duty
An average week for a Marine Corps Recruiter is Monday through Saturday and sometimes Sunday. The workday can easily begin at 5 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m. and beyond. He will drive over 1,800 miles, work in excess of 60 hours, make 500 phone calls, conduct 15 interviews and process two new working applicants at the Military Entrance Processing Station.

Parent's Bulletin Board
Message board designed for Parents and family members of Marine Recruits attending boot camp. Talk with other family members or ask questions from the many Marines who participate on the board.

Surviving Marine Corps Basic Training
Without doubt, Marine boot camp is more challenging -- both physically and mentally -- than the basic training programs of any of the other military services. Not only are the physical requirements much higher, but recruits are required to learn and memorize a startling amount of information.

The Few, the Proud
For a very few, the Marines offer perhaps the best benefit of all -- a new life.

Things to Consider When Deciding Whether to Join The Marine Corps
Choosing a military service can be a complicated decision. The services differ when it comes to enlistment incentives, assignment opportunities, quality of life programs, deployment rates, promotion opportunities, and more. Here are the pros and cons of choosing to enlist in the United States Marine Corps.

Times Square Recruiting Station
Located in the heart of New York City, the Times Square Armed Forces Recruiting Station never really has a "typical" day. Its location and notoriety make it one of the most interesting duty assignments in the Marine Corps.

Two Year Enlistment Option (National Call to Service Program)
As do the other services, the Marine Corps participates in the National Call to Service Program. While this program is often referred to as "two year" enlistments, the actual required time on active duty is 15 months, following basic training and job training.

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