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The United States Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps was created through resolutions passed by the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775. Since then, the Marines have fought in nearly every campaign the U.S. has been involved in.

Although one of the smallest branches of the armed forces, with approximately 170,000 enlisted men and officers, it has become one of the most feared fighting forces known to man.

The Marines are trained and equipped to move on short notice and under any conditions, to protect U. S. assets, resources, and above all, it's citizens, anywhere around the world.

Enlistment, depending on the program chosen, is for either three, four, or five year terms. As a marine, enlistee's must be between the ages of 17 and 29 and must be fit enough to train in a rigorous and physically demanding program.

Like all branches of the service today, the marine corps are an equal opportunity employer, enlisting, training, and advancing female soldiers right along with their male counterparts.

Recruit training takes place in one of two locations, either Parris Island, South Carolina or San Diego, California. All female recruits are trained at Parris Island.

There are several enlistment programs offered by the Marine Corps.

(1) The Delayed Entry Program allows individuals to complete the enlistment process before graduating from high school or community college and postpone active duty training for up to one year.

(2) The Enlistment Options Program guarantees assignments to one of over 30 occupational fields from computer technologies, electronics, combat related fields to avionics.

(3) The Musicians Enlistment Option Program is for those recruits who are musically inclined and want to perform in Marine Corps bands or the Drum and Bugle Corps.

(4) The Quality Enlistment Program gives incentives to highly qualified individuals who are assigned to technical occupational fields.

The Marine Corps offer opportunities to those who want to pursue their education while they serve their tour of duty and also for those who participate in educational assistance programs under the Montgomery GI Bill for educational opportunities after they leave the Corps.

The Marine Corps gives 30 days paid leave (vacation) per year. It gives medical, dental, eye care, and hospitalization to soldiers, their spouses, and their dependent children.

For more up to date information on the United States Marine Corps, contact your local Marine Corps recruiting office.

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