The United States Marine Corps was founded in 1775 before the nation was officially formed. This elite group of men and women is governed by a strict code of integrity and ethics, which results in strong fighters and exceptional people. The core values of honor, courage and commitment involved in everything a marine does, on and off the battlefield.
The Marine Corps plays a key role as the first force on the ground in most conflicts. Currently, 187,891 marines are featured around the world, ready to move quickly when and where needed.
The commitment comprises from three to five years, but as they say "No former Marines or former Marines, marines only in different uniforms and different stages of life". To join the Marine Corps, it should be between 18 and 29 years (17 años con el consentimiento de los padres) (17 with parental consent) and have a high school diploma.
Each year can be allowed to enter a small percentage of applicants with a GED (Exam General Educational Development, for its acronym in English) provided they have a high score at the ASVAB (Vocational Aptitude for the Armed Forces, for their acronym in English).
College students who wish to train for positions of officers in the Marine Corps can enroll in the ROTC proram (Training Corps Reserve Officers, for its acronym in English) Navy his university as a second lieutenant or should visit the OSO (Official Selection Office, for its acronym in English) in the area for more information.
All Marine Corps recruits attend training for 12 weeks at Parris Island, South Carolina, or San Diego, California. This training is intense mental and physical process that forms the recruits with key Marine Corps values: honor, courage and commitment. Only the best make it.