By: Marge Jaleco

What you need to know about becoming a US Marine

Basic Information

Job description:
A career in the Marine Corps allows young men and women the opportunity to travel and take on responsibilities like no other. Assignments are given according to the needs of the Marine Corps. Enlisted Marines attend specialized training schools and can receive advanced education or be assigned to Special Duty. Officers seek assignments that will give them a balance of command experience, combat experience and joint staff appointments.
Military Police and Corrections provide law enforcement services, including dog handling, physical security, emergency response, investigations, and prisoner supervision. Specialties include Military Policeman, Working Dog Handler and Correctional Specialist.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Marine Corps is only as capable as each and every Marine. That's why all Marines have a specific role for which they are optimally trained, in support of the overall mission. As one of the Few, there are many ways to serve in the air, on land and at sea, but regardless of your area of expertise, you will forever be known by the title you earn, United States Marine.
Education and Training:

  • At Least 17 years old at time of enlistment
  • At least 20 at time of commissioning
  • Proof of legal residency
  • Physical examination
  • High School diploma
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Basic Training
Preferred Job Skills:
  • Tactics
  • Unarmed Combat
  • Physical Fitness
Salary: 2,249/month
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Career Connections

According to Mr. Cartwright he said To be a Marine you simply just want to be one because it isn't easy to become one and believe in their principles. The training or education is getting your high school diploma and enjoying a regular exercise routine daily. College is not needed to join right away, however, if you want to go to college before going into the Marine Corps then any two or four year institution is fine. In my military career it was simply understanding all rules and laws that are different from civilian rules and laws. In my current career you just need to be driven to achieve all your goals and be willing to work with kids and other people. This is my 12th year teaching and coaching, I was fortunate to become the head track coach in my 3rd year here. My favorite part about this profession is working with the kids. My least favorite part is the meetings that we attend.”

According to Mr. Matticks "You will need your high school diploma to join the military. All of the other training you need will be provided for you. That is if you want to go to the military straight from high school. Otherwise, if you want to be an office, you need a Bachelor's degree. It doesn't matter which college but I'd recommend one with a program called ROTC for the branch you want to go into (Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy).

Some of the most important skills I find valuable are just the willingness to do anything to get a job done. Time management is also very important as well as being able to meet deadlines. These are very general rules which will help in any field.

To get where I am at now, I spent four years in the military and then 3 years in college to get my teaching degree. So 7 years after high school is when I got to where I am at now.

I have worked in machine shops and on mechanical systems for years both in the public and in the military. That is why I teach what I teach. I really enjoy working with students for my job but sometimes I feel frustrated when students may not appreciate what I am teaching as much as I do."


A reference is a use of a source of information in order to ascertain something.

Here are my 3 references
1.Amy Gorzynski at East Leyden High School
2.Angelica Belzowski, Soccer Coach at East Leyden High School
3. Victor Giordano, Basketball Coach at West Leyden High School



Massachusetts Maritime Academy

College in Bourne, Massachusetts

Marine Military Academy

Harlingen, Texas

United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, New York

West Point

West Point, New York

US Naval Academy



Steps After High School

  1. Contact a Recruiter
  2. Get in shape
  3. Decide what you want to do in the Marine Corps
  4. Take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
  5. Go to boot camp
  6. Consider becoming a marine officer

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The Most Important Thing I Learned...

The most important thing I learned is that becoming a US Marine is not easy because it takes a lot things to get in, but the most important things you need to work on before you go to boot camp is your physical fitness, because strength is important and the training is also tough. You will also encounter difficult challenges on becoming a USMC, you need to be strong, brave and tough.