How to be a Marine

When you were a child, you must have seen some Marine movies and started dreaming about serving like one of them. Aside from the nice look, you will be able to become one of the heroes of the beloved country.

Perhaps you are now grown up and aspiring to be a marine getting ready to have the course. Or maybe you are a friend, a relative, or the girlfriend (or maybe boyfriend) of someone who plans to pursue the Marines.

Well, let’s cut to the chase because here are the steps on how you can at least take the first challenges in your dream. But before reading on, I just want you to take in mind that in becoming a marine, you need to have the determination, perseverance, and diligence. You have to make yourself deserving and be one of the proud chosen few.

First, you have to gain the look and the body of a marine by working out and getting in shape. You have to prepare your physical self first because in the Marine Corps, you are required to take PFT (physical fitness test) every six months and you need to have a perfect score of 300. This basically includes dead-hang pull ups of 20 counts in 30 seconds; crunches of 100 counts in 2 minutes; and you also have to run 3-miles in 18 minutes. But this does not mean that you have to be perfect at the start but for at least you can do 5 pull ups, 60 crunches, and have a 1.5-mile run in 11 minutes; it is already a qualifying factor to be enlisted.

Next, you have to know that not all marines hold rifles. There are so many job opportunities in the marines considered as MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). This includes jobs in the infantry, driving, photography, and many more. You just have to choose where you may best fit.

Once you have decided on what to pursue in the Marine, you can start contacting recruiters personally or you can do it online at These people will be responsible in guiding you to everything you need from assessment to paperwork.

Next, you will have to take ASVAB or the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. This test will determine to what MOS you are qualified and you really have to do good to get the job that you wanted because it will depend on the score that you will get.

Of course, you have to inform your family about your plans. You have to be man enough to stick to your decision and don’t be mushed-up with the cryings that is expected to happen. You also have to think that they can be proud of you. Now, when you are ready, you can go to the boot camp.

Go to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot if you are living near the eastern part of Mississippi in Parris Is., SC, also for all females. If you are from west of Mississippi, you can go to San Diego, CA.


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