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What steps should I take to become a marine

Ever since I've been little I have always wanted to be a cop but after one time I had a class were people in military came and talked about what they do and about there self what steps could I take to be a marine. #military #marine

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Lance’s Answer

Ellis - it's never too early to start thinking about the kinds of things that you'd like to do in the Marines. Do you want to lead other Marines? Would you like to train other Marines? Do you want to learn a trade, like be a mechanic or an IT administrator? Do you want to slide down ropes or jump out of airplanes? Do you want to blow things up? There are so many questions to ask yourself to see in what direction you'd want to take your career in the Marines. Have an idea (it doesn't have to be an actual job, but more like things that you like) before you see a recruiter. Recruiters are good at funneling you in whatever direction they'd like you to go, so have a good self assessment before seeing them.

It's also never too early to start physically (and mentally) preparing yourself for a lot of physical activity. You could join the cross-country team or run track...any sport is great, but it seems that most people have to learn to run...ideally, you should be able to run 5 miles without any issue even though the fitness test is less. You'll be required to train and run for distances of 5 miles or more, so the sooner that you get comfortable with that, the better. Learn to swim if you don't already know how.

Any outdoor skills will definitely help if you are not already proficient in them. Do you like camping? Enjoy sleeping out under the stars? Are you used to hiking in the woods? These skills will help - they will train you in the Marines, but it does help to know your way around in the wilderness.

Lance recommends the following next steps:

Make a self-assessment of your skills.
Get physical ready for the Marines.
Know what kind of things you enjoy.
Talk to a recruiter.
Don't forget to check out the other branches as well - don't believe what you see in the movies!

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Michael’s Answer

I was a Marine Corps Drill Instructor while I was in the service and I can tell you first hand that people that were in decent physical shape had an advantage. When you decide to join the Marine Corps you should become a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as possible. Setting goals before you join can help you to keep your eyes on the prize. Basic knowledge for boot-camp can be given to you by your recruiter. Study this knowledge and you will do well in boot-camp. There are many billets that you can attain while in your platoon. Leadership is the one trait in the Marine Corps that can help a service member. Leadership is a tool that is taught in boot-camp and individuals that show these traits are the ones that are picked for positions that require the skill. If you work hard to learn all the knowledge you can, then boot-camp will not only be a reward but also a stepping stone for the rest of your Marine Corps career. While at boot-camp you will be tested on physical strength such as three mile run, crunches, and pull ups. If you work on these three areas in physical fitness you can set yourself apart from the pack. The challenge is not easy but with determination becoming a Marine can be the most rewarding achievement in your life.

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Connor’s Answer

Good Afternoon,

I contemplated this same question before I decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. First you need to decide which branch is for you. Are you looking for more of a disciplined life with more structure? The Marine Corps or Army may be the best fit for you. If you are looking for more opportunities to travel and a little bit more leeway, the Air Force and Navy could provide this.

The first step in this process is going to be research. Look through the jobs in each branch and find something you are passionate about. I personally decided I wanted to pursue law enforcement, and always wanted to be a Marine. I am currently and Military Policeman and love it. You could decide to do your time in the Marine Corps, and then use these skills to transition to the civilian field. Pick something you could see yourself doing for four years; possibly even more.

The next step would be going to talk to your local recruiter. You can simply google the branch you are interested in an find an email or number very easily. Explain to them exactly what you're looking for. It wont hurt to talk to multiple different branches in person to get a better perspective on the military life. No matter what you chose or where you go the Military is what you make of it. There will always be opportunities for hard working individuals to succeed and a good living.

No matter what you choose, best of luck. Feel free to reach out to me personally if you have any questions.


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Robert’s Answer

Hi Ellis,

the first thing is to talk to a recruiter to see what they have to offer. You can go over this with your parents and you will be tested to see what your score is to decide what careers you are eligible for in the Marines. After testing you will be told your scores and if you decide you want to go further you will be sent to the nearest center for your physical and select your career. God luck on your choice.

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Taylor’s Answer

Hi Ellis,
There are two very important steps I think you need to take if you're serious about becoming a Marine.
1.Once you are a junior or senior in high school, you should sign up to take the ASVAB Test. You can talk to your school guidance counselor about future testing dates.
Also, there are practice tests and other helpful materials on websites like https://www.military.com/join-armed-forces/asvab.
2. Talk to a recruiter for the Marines
you can also sign up to hear from a Recruiter in your area on the same website listed above.
Have a great day!

Taylor recommends the following next steps:

Check out ASVAB practice test and other materials.
Talk to your school guidance counselor about futureASVAB testing dates.
Sign up to hear from a recruiter in your area.

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Joseph’s Answer

The first question is enlisted or officer. In order to go in as an officer you must have a college degree. If you want to enlist your nearest recruiting station (usually in a mall or strip mall) can get you set up. To be an officer if you haven't completed college already look for a university that has ROTC and your desired major. If you have already completed college you'll have to look into OCS.

I would also highly recommend looking at the annual fitness exam and making sure you are doing well beyond the minimum in each category.