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Enlisting in the Marines

Everything you need to know before signing on the dotted line and shipping to Boot Camp

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Enlisting in the Marine Corps is not always the easiest process.

Deciding what options you want to pursue can be confusing and overwhelming.


We've explained everything required to qualify for service, sign a contract, and ship to Boot Camp to start earning your title.

Enlisting can be broken into three phases:

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Preparing & Qualifying

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Signing & Swearing In

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Poolee Life & Shipping

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We have created pages to explain what to expect in each phase and help guide you in your decision making. As always, if you have questions, please reach out via the Contact Us page or contact your local Marine Recruiter.

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How do you contact a recruiter? What does your visit to the recruiter look like?

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Talking to your friends and family about the possibility of joining the Marines

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Diplomas, age, citizenship, physical fitness, test scores and more required to enlist

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What is the ASVAB? How do you get a good score and why does it matter?

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How can I get in the right shape to qualify for enlisting in the Marines?

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What kind of jobs are available? What is an MOS?

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What are the differences between Active Duty and Reserve careers?

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There are some waivers for eligible prospects, but for what things exactly?

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What is MEPS?  When do I go?  What do I do at MEPS?

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Pool functions, Delayed Entry Program, getting ready, and more

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Beginning your journey to your Marine Corps Recruit Depots

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Pool functions, Delayed Entry Program, getting ready, and more

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Key Training Events
Sergeant Instructors
Pre-OCS Checklist
Basic Daily Routine
Eating at OCS
Living in the Squadbay
5 Paragraph Order
Getting Ready
What Can I Bring with Me?
Staying in Touch
PT Plans
OCS Knowledge
Knowledge Check
Family Day
Pro Tips
The Rumor Mill
Counseling Call
Honor Grad Principles
Reading Materials
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