Information for Family, Friends, and Partners
For the family members of Marines, Poolees, and the young men and women considering the Marine Corps, this page is for you.
We want to help you understand if the Marine Corps is right for your loved one, how to manage the decision making process, getting ready for your loved one to enter training, and understanding how you can help.
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The Recruiter or Officer Selection Officer will be the Marine who helps your loved one from civilian to enlistee/officer candidate. Their job is to ensure any qualified applicants complete all necessary paperwork and join the institution. They are also your main point of information through the process. Make sure you understand the process and how to deal with your loved one's recruiter.
Dating a Marine
Whether your boyfriend or girlfriend is just joining the Marines, or you're getting into a relationship with someone in the Corps, here are some basic things you should know.
Everything you want to know about raising a family in the Marines as well as how to be a supportive sibling or parent to your Marine.
What do Marine deployments look like? Explaining the differences between exercises, rotational forces, MEUs, and combat deployments. What to expect and how to show support while your Marine is overseas.
Leave and Liberty
When can you see your Marine? How is travel authorized? What is the difference between a regular weekend, a 72, and a 96? Leave versus Liberty? We have all of that broken down for you here.
Life of a MilSpouse
What is it like being married to a Marine? What is the expectation of being a Marine spouse? What about your own career?
What is it like when your Marine gets to a fleet unit? Where can they be stationed?
Keeping in Touch
Keeping in touch with your loved one through Boot Camp, OCS, follow on schools, the fleet, and deployments.
Visiting Your Marine
Marines can get stationed in some pretty cool places. Japan, Hawaii, California are just a few. If you want to visit your Marine where they're living, here are some tips on how to make that happen.