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The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug- free lifestyle.


The Young Marines was founded in 1958 in Waterbury, Ct by members of the Marine Corps League.  It was Chartered by Congress in 1965.  Since the beginning in 1958 The Young Marines have grown from the one unit to an organization of 240 units with over 19,000 youth and 2900 adult volunteers in 36 states, the District of Columbia ,Japan and Germany.



Upon joining a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26 hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings.  This orientation program is affectionately call "Boot Camp."  The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure.  After graduation from Young Marine "Boot Camp" the youth have the opportunity to learn more new skill, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards.  Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education