Washington County Young Marines
About the Young Marines

Who We Are
The Young Marines is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8
through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical
development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a
healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand
Reduction Efforts.

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through completion of high school. The only membership
requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school. Since the Young Marines' humble
beginnings, in 1958, with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to approximately 300
units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Japan; with
affiliates in a host of other countries.

Our Volunteers
Young Marines units are community-based programs lead by dedicated adult volunteers. Many of these
volunteers are former, retired, active duty, or reserve Marines who believe passionately that the values
they learned as Marines had a positive effect on them. It is through these caring adults that Young Marines
learn the inner values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment while instilling our core values of Leadership,
Discipline and Teamwork. Adult volunteers are individually screened by the National Headquarters based
on background information and recommendations provided with each person's registration.

Upon joining a local Young Marines unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread
out over several weekly meetings. This orientation program is affectionately called "Recruit Training." The
youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness,
and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marines "Recruit Training", the youth have the
opportunity to learn more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marines 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.
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