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MPTA Helps Marine Father, Steven, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, April 5, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Steven, Father of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

I want to thank Marine Parents for helping me and my family go to see my son graduate from San Diego. It means everything to me, and from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! Steven, New Marine Dad

How to Become an Officer in the Marine Corps

Learn the different ways to become a Marine Corps Officer.


There are a few different paths to becoming a Marine Corps officer. One path is to attend a 4-year college/National Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). They can attend the U.S. Naval Academy, or they can go from an enlisted Marine to an officer. If you are looking for a Place to Connect and Share® with others who have loved ones in OCS or TBS, you'll want to join our Facebook group. You must answer all three questions to be accepted into the group.

Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day

Learn the differences between these military holidays!


While Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day acknowledge the service and sacrifices of our military members, it's essential to understand the difference between these important days.

Veterans are often thanked for their service on Memorial Day and during the holiday weekend when we should be honoring our fallen heroes who died in service to our country. Some veterans will politely acknowledge your appreciation and continue with their day. Some will gently remind you that today is not about them. Some may show frustration for you not understanding the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut

May 23, 1988, in Marine Corps history.


On May 23, 1988, the V-22 Osprey, the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft, made its debut at Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington, Texas, facility. More than 1,000 representatives from the military, the aviation industry, and the media gathered to hear various speakers, including then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred Gray, praise the versatility of the aircraft.

Marine Aviation Program Begins

May 22, 1912 in Marine Corps History


On May 22, 1912, First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham became the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle after reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland. This marked the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.

Marines Attack Half Moon Hill

May 16, 1945 in Marine Corps History


On May 16, 1945, the 22nd and 29th Marines continued an attack against Half Moon Hill, a day that the 6th Marine Division would later describe as the "bitterest" of the entire Okinawa campaign. By May 18, the famed Japanese "Shuri line" was breached by American forces.

John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor

May 15, 1862 in Marine Corps History


On May 15, 1862, Corporal John F. Mackie became the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor for his service on the USS Galena during actions against Confederate shore batteries at Drewry's Bluff, near Richmond, Virginia.

Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa

May 10, 1945 in Marine Corps History


On May 10, 1945, the 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack across the Asa River Estuary and captured a bridgehead that allowed them to continue their attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims

May 8, 1995 in Marine Corps History


On May 8, 1995, Marines from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the Corps' quick-response capabilities in helping evacuate more than 2,500 civilians from the New Orleans area after one of the most devastating storms in more than 200 years hit the region.

Marine Corps Pay and Allowances

Information regarding your Marine's pay


There are many components to Military Pay. There is basic pay, special pay, incentives, allowances, and sometimes retirement pay, for those that serve long enough. This page on our website explains the differences in the pay your Marine may receive during their career in the Marine Corps. We include several links for those who may want to dig deeper into the topic.

Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon

May 5, 1983 in Marine Corps History


On May 5, 1983, a UH-1N helicopter carrying Colonel James Mead, the commander of the American peace-keeping force in Lebanon, was hit by machine-gun fire in Beirut. Colonel Mead and his crew had just taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket exchanges between Syrian-backed Druze militiamen and Christian Phalangists that were endangering French members of the multinational peace-keeping force when they came under fire.

Congratulations to Georgann Perry, our newest Volunteer!

Georgann completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Georgann Perry who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

May 2, 1946 in Marine Corps History


On May 2, 1946, Marines from the Treasure Island Marine Barracks aided in suppressing a three-day prison riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. The Marines were under the command of Warrant Officer Charles L. Buckner, a veteran of the Bougainville and Guam campaigns in World War II, and did not suffer a single casualty.

May is Military Appreciation Month!

In 1999 the US Senate Passed a Resolution for Military Appreciation Month


In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

THANK YOU to our Volunteers

Please Take a Moment to Share Your Appreciation


This year, National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, and during this time, we ask you to join us in celebrating the hard work and dedication of our volunteers here at Marine Parents.

We have 78 volunteers who worked 35,486 hours in 2023. Each of these stellar individuals completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring to begin working in our groups. Each individual's dedication to the Marine Corps benefits thousands of families worldwide.

This year, as I created the collage of volunteer photos and began writing the article, I was in awe of the sheer number of volunteer hours collectively and as individuals. Their longevity of service is not just admirable, it shows clearly their commitment to Marine and recruit family members. This is stellar work by stellar people. Congratulations to each of you, and thank you for your service.

Merritt Red Mike Edson Born

April 25, 1897 in Marine Corps History


On April 25, 1897, future Medal of Honor recipient Merritt "Red Mike" Edson was born in Chester, Vermont.

In October 1917, Edson received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, and served in France and Germany during World War I. Following the war, Edson held several positions before going to flight school in 1922. After graduating flight school and being designated a Naval Aviator, he performed several assignments in Central America and China.

Your Recruit is a Recruit, Not a Marine

What it means to say the title is earned, never given


This page of our website includes several great articles to read during the first week your recruit is in boot camp. In the Marine Corps, a recruit must earn the title of United States Marine. A recruit is not a Marine when they enlist. A recruit is not a Marine when they step on the yellow footprints.

Marine Corps Challenge Coins

Do you know about the tradition of carrying the challenge coin?


Among the Marine Corps' many traditions is the carrying of the challenge coin, and it is rooted in history dating back to World War I.

Today, service members possess many medallions, or challenge coins, bearing their organization's insignia. These coins are often presented by high-ranking officers for a job well done, which is a great honor. They are also sometimes traded between men and women in a unit.

Congratulations to Patricia Scheffel, our newest Volunteer!

Patricia completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Patricia Scheffel who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Recruit Training

Prac App Test & Written Testing


Recruits spend a great deal of time in the classroom during recruit training and, during weeks 10 and 11 of boot camp, they must prove they have retained the abundance of information they were taught. Recruits must perform a Final Practical Application Test, as well as a Final Written Academic Test.

USMC on Mobile Apps

The Official Marine Corps App has landed!


The United States Marine Corps has landed on mobile devices with its official application, Marines Mobile, which puts the story of the Corps in the hands of users. The free app is designed for anyone, who wants access to: news, press releases, videos, photos, Marine administrative messages, directives and orders and a social pulse which combines official social media feeds from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter all found under one icon.

Battle to Belong - U.S. Marine Corps Commercial

You Tube Channel Marine Corps Recruiting Published on September 17, 2020


One our favorite Marine Corps recruiting commercials! VERY inspirational! Be sure to watch. Some of what you seek can be found online, but for Marines, the things that matter most must be fought for: a true sense of purpose that comes from knowing you're part of something bigger than yourself and belonging that's only found among those who share a common cause. Not everyone belongs in our ranks, but those who do belong. Be part of the fight.

Mail and Packages During Boot Camp

You may begin writing to your recruit as soon as you receive his/her address.


Though your recruit may move from one location to another during boot camp, you will always use the same mailing address for him or her.

The first letter you receive from your recruit will be a form letter. This letter should arrive in your mailbox approximately 10-14 days after they leave. The form letter should include your recruit's mailing address.

Deployment: Embassies

Learn about the force that provides security for United States embassies around the world.


One of the most visible functions of the United States Marine Corps is the Marine Special Duty Detail. This is the force that provides Embassy security duty for United States Facilities around the world.

Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War

April 21, 1951 in Marine Corps History


On April 21, 1951, carrier-based Marine airplanes made their first contact with enemy planes over North Korea. Captain Philip C. Delong shot down two YAK fighters and 1st Lieutenant Harold D. Daigh destroyed one more and damaged another near Pyongyang. Both pilots were with VMF-312 flying from the USS Bataan.

Corps Respect: A Family Value

What is it all about? What do Marines call it?


By now you've likely heard some new terminologies from your recruit or through reading information about the Marine Corps. While trying to get yourself wrapped around the meanings of some of these new terms, you may be seeing the same theme throughout, but you've not really been successful at labeling that term.

Video Marine Corps

Following the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor: The Legacy


The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is so much more than the Marine Corps insignia. It's a symbol of the honor, courage, and commitment of every Marine who has fought and won our Nation's battles.

Medical Care and Emergencies

Injury, Illness, or Incident of Your Marine or Recruit


Important to know BEFORE you need it! Your recruit or Marine may become ill, incur an injury, or be affected by some type of incident during his/her career in the Corps. Know that this may happen and that your loved one may not be the person making the phone call to inform you.

Red Friday: Our Historical Participation

Written by Tracy Della Vecchia, Our Founder


Are you wearing red today? There are many variances of how "Red Friday" got started in the United States. While I can't state whether or not those accounts are accurate, I can share how we adopted the phrase as an organization to promote wearing red on Fridays.

Structure of a Marine Corps Regiment

Learn how a Marine Corps Regiment is structured from top to bottom.


The United States Marine Corps is a unique branch of the US military and is organized as part of the Department of the Navy. With over 241 years of warfighting experience and distinct prestige, the Marine Corps has mastered the art of military structure.

Complete Care During Boot Camp

From Health and Wealth to Religious Ministries


Marine Corps boot camp recruits receive the best training possible and are cared for throughout their thirteen weeks on the Recruit Depot. Every base, including Religious Ministries, is covered from injury prevention and dental treatment to recruit pay and the Thrift Savings Plan.

Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon

April 18, 1983 in Marine Corps History


On April 18, 1983, more than 60 people, including 17 Americans, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Among those killed was Marine Security Guard Lance Corporal Robert McMaugh, who was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A further seven Marine Security Guards were wounded in the explosion.

Power of Attorney Before Boot Camp?

An article written by a Marine on staff.


While your son or daughter is preparing to leave for recruit training it is important that they ensure there is a plan for how their bills will be paid while they're gone. Some services will allow your recruit to put payments on suspension while at recruit training, however they will have to check with those services beforehand.

OPSEC: Operations Security

An Overview for Parents and Family Members of Marines


OPSEC is keeping potential adversaries from discovering critical Department of Defense information. As the name suggests, it protects U.S. operations — planned, in progress, and those completed. Learn what that means to you as the parent or family member of a Marine.

Oath of Enlistment

Learn about the Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment.


The final step of joining the Marine Corps before departing for boot camp or Officer Candidate School is being sworn in by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath.

What's After Boot™ FAQ

Got questions? We've got answers!


This is our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for recruit and Marine parents to understand what happens AFTER boot camp. More schooling! Yep, there you have the short answer. But you've likely got more questions, so tune in to this page to learn more!

Joe Foss, Future Medal of Honor Recipient, is Born

April 17, 1915 in Marine Corps History


On April 17, 1915, future Medal of Honor recipient Joseph "Joe" Foss, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1940, Foss joined the Marine Corps as a pilot and went on to become a leading American "ace" during World War II. During his time in the Corps, Foss won 26 aerial victories and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Honor for his actions over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands where he recorded 23 confirmed (and numerous other probable) kills in just over a month between October and November of 1942.

Addressing Letters to Recruits

Be sure to properly address letters to your recruit so they arrive as quickly as possible.


During the first two weeks of recruit training, recruits will send home a letter stating they've made it to MCRD and will provide an address for which to receive mail.

All mail is routed through the only mail office on the depot. Your mail will not reach your recruit without the correct COMPANY AND PLATOON NUMBER. The mail office will see that information and sort the mail to that company and platoon. The company and platoon information will be listed on the letter your recruit sends home about 2 - 3 weeks into training.

Marine Corps Physical Fitness

Learn about the physical fitness standards that allow Marines to perform so well in combat.


When asked what your son or daughter is doing these days, you may have noticed a very impressed reaction when you tell whoever asked that he/she is a United States Marine. Undoubtedly, this is due to the illustrious history of the Corps, the rigorous 13-week boot camp, and the expectation that the Marines are in optimal shape. But what is the Marine Corps' secret to this standard of excellence? It has to do with the emphasis that individual Marines and the Corps place on physical conditioning.

CACO Terminology

Casualty Terminology During Deployment


A casualty is a member of the military unable to fulfill their duties due to death or incapacitation by injury or illness. For families of our military, the term "casualty" conjures up images of destruction and death. It's a tough term to grapple with when you've got a Marine deployed or soon to be deploying.

However, knowledge is power, and we firmly believe that educated families are better able to handle the rollercoaster of deployment emotions. So, let's dig into some terminology and procedures.

Individual Ready Reserve Information

For many Marines, the end of active-duty is not the end of their Marine Corps career.


All Marines are required to go through the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) after their initial active service comes to an end unless he or she chooses to reenlist. If a recruit enlists prior to the required age of enlistment, he or she would be placed in the Delayed Entry Program. The benefit of the Delayed Entry Program is that it counts towards the time spent in the IRR after separation from the service. So, if your Marine was in delayed entry for one year, he or she would only be in the IRR for 3 years after separation.

Marine Parents Tribute to R. Lee Ermey

We offer this tribute to R. Lee Ermey, a huge supporter of the troops, and a Marine himself.


In the early days of the organization Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, had the opportunity to meet R. Lee Ermey on a trip to Washington, D.C. It was evident immediately how much he cared about the troops and those who supported them.

R. Lee Ermey passed away on April 15, 2018, due to complications from pneumonia.

As the founder of, I want to offer a tribute to a man who always supported the troops (and the causes I was involved with at but never asked for, nor expected, any accolades for his support. I will always remember the day spent with you, R. Lee Ermey, in Washington, DC: your kind heart, your genuine caring, and the elevator ride with a half-dozen Marine Corps Generals and Gold Star Father Dick Linn. Still smiling about that today. Rest in peace, Marine. Tracy Della Vecchia

Graduation Photos, Videos, & Yearbooks

This information will help you find graduation videos and yearbooks for either Recruit Depot.


Sometimes graduation videos and yearbooks can get lost or damaged. If this happened to you and you want to get new ones, this page will help you find the contact information for those who make the videos and yearbooks.

Sole Surviving Son

Learn the history of Sole Surviving Son during war and peacetime.


Contrary to popular belief, "only sons," "the last son to carry the family name," and "sole surviving sons" must register and they can be drafted. However, they may be entitled to a peacetime deferment if there is a military death in the immediate family.

If you're in the San Diego area: MUST SEE

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum


If you're in the San Diego area, stop in to the museum at the Recruit Depot. If you're going to graduation, your newly-minted Marine will most likely insist on it. They are proud of their history and want to share that with you. Our website offers additional information about the museum along with a slide show of images. Check it out!

School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

Basic info about SOI East + Grad Date Schedule


Camp Geiger, North Carolina, is one of two School of Infantry (SOI) locations where newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. Camp Geiger is a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune and is located in eastern North Carolina, approximately 250 miles east of Charlotte, NC and 50 miles north of Wilmington, NC.

History of the Marine Corps from Marine Parents

A Learning Opportunity for Proud Marine Parents


This page of our website includes an overview of Marine Corps history, something every proud parent of a Marine should be familiar with. This is your learning opportunity! You can check it out on our website.

Western Inn San Diego Hotel

For Boot Camp Graduations


The staff at Western Inn are here to serve you during your recruit's graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. We offer a special rate for Marine family members; please mention when making your reservations. We are a 5 minute drive (1/2 mile) to MCRD and a 5 minute walk to the Old Town Trolley station.

The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Learn about the highest-ranking officer and enlisted Marine in the Marine Corps.


The Commandant of the Marine Corps commands the United States Marine Corps and is the senior officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Commandant is not necessarily the highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps, but holding the position of Commandant makes him senior to all other officers regardless of rank.

The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is revered as the most outstanding, unparalleled enlisted Marine.

Funding to Travel to Boot Camp Graduation

Learn how to Help Others or Ask for Help


The mission of Marine Parents Travel Assistance is to support Marine Corps recruits by assisting one of their family members who show significant financial need to attend boot camp graduation events, so the Marine is not alone.

Attending the graduation ceremony for your newly-minted Marine is an experience every soon-to-be Marine parent would like to experience. However, some families cannot afford to attend their recruit's graduation. We raise money for each boot camp graduation cycle to fund our Travel Assistance program. Funds reimburse a recruit's family members who meet our financial need requirements. Administrative costs for the program are funded through Marine Parents. Recipients are not required to repay the travel costs.

Official Links to SOI Websites and Resources

Use these official links for useful resources at SOI East and West.


The websites on this page are official USMC websites and offer additional information on the topic of the School of Infantry (SOI) in the "What's After Boot?" category.

4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

April 12-13, 1918 in Marine Corps History


During the late-night and early morning hours of April 12-13, 1918, the 4th marine Brigade suffered its first gas attack by German forces. In the attack, German forces bombarded the 74th Company, 6th Marines near Verdun, France with mustard gas. Nine Marine officers and 305 enlisted Marines were gassed during the attack and evacuated. 30 Marines were killed in the attack.

Licencia de 10 Días

Después de la Graduación de Boot Camp


La siguiente fase de entrenamiento después del campamento de reclutamiento es SOI, o Escuela de Infantería. Su nuevo Marine tiene derecho a diez días de licencia después de reclutamiento. Su nuevo Marine puede reportarse a SOI antes de tiempo para guardar la licencia si lo desea.

Grupos Oficiales de Marine Parents en Español

Official Marine Parents Facebook Groups in Spanish


Siga el enlace a continuación para unirse a un grupo oficial para familiares de Marines en Facebook para familias de habla hispana:

Para unirse a nuestros grupos de Facebook, debe responder claramente a las tres preguntas en el pedido de entrada.

Types of Deployment

Learn the different types of deployments for Marines.


Marines are always the first to fight, but combat deployments are not the only deployments that your Marine could be a part of. The deployment section of our website goes over each deployment type to prepare you and your Marine for what could be ahead.

Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn Selected for Space Training

April 10, 1959 in Marine Corps History.


On April 10, 1959, Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn, Jr. was named as one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts selected for space training. All seven astronauts were volunteers and were selected by NASA out of a pool of 110 candidates, all of whom were leading military test pilots. Just under three years later, in February of 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

View the upcoming ship and graduation dates for recruit training at Recruit Parents


Do you have a poolee shipping to boot camp soon? Or maybe you have a recruit who will graduate from recruit training in a month or so. This page will help you find what you're looking for. We keep this page up-to-date as the Marine Corps announces changes to their recruit training graduation schedule. We understand communication with your recruit can be sporadic at times. We hope this page will help ease some of your concerns!

Marine Reserves and Education Benefits

Factors that Dictate Eligibility


As a reserve Marine, some factors could dictate which education programs and benefits you are eligible for. When deciding which education assistance to use, consider where you are in your service and education level. Read more on our website.

Graduation & Travel

Everything you need to know about graduation & travel for Marine Corps boot camp.


Could there be more i's to dot and t's to cross when you're getting ready to go to your recruit's graduation from boot camp? Talk about an overwhelming time! Some families have never traveled out of state. For others, it's an old hat. Regardless, it's the moment you've been waiting to get that first hug from your newly-minted Marine! We've got tips for ALL travelers: both seasoned and brand new.

This page contains all the information you need for graduation and travel for Marine Corps boot camp. Some information for Parris Island and San Diego is different so be sure to choose the correct headings.

IRR Obligations and Requirements

Learn about the requirements for the Individual Ready Reserve.


All Marines are required to go through the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) after their initial active-service comes to an end, unless he or she chooses to reenlist.

A Marine who wishes to remain in the IRR must be in good standing and continue to uphold the traditions of honorable service. Additionally, that Marine must accrue a minimum of 50 Reserve Retirement Credit Points during their Anniversary Year* (failure to do so can lead to denial of reenlistments/extensions for enlisted Marines and discharge for both officers and enlisted Marines).

Deployment, OPSEC & PERSEC

A Message from the Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia


Please maintain personal and Operations Security Standards in ALL environments. Help keep you, your Marine, and our military personnel safe by not sharing personal or military information in an email or online environment.

Links to Official Marine Corps Websites

Find links to Marine Corps websites and resources.


This page consists of links to OFFICIAL Marine Corps websites as well as Marine Corps services, foundations, organizations, and associations that are endorsed or recognized by the USMC.

As I build this page of the website, and read about all of these organizations, I am truly humbled by the greatness of the United States Marine Corps. I am honored to be a small part of this elite and outstanding organization.
Tracy Della Vecchia ~ Founder,, Inc.

Confirming Information During Boot Camp

Written by Marine David Ogden, Sgt. USMC '11-'16.

4/8/2024 has been providing support and information for Marines and their loved ones for over 20 years. We take pride in ensuring the information we provide is accurate and relevant. We believe that boot camp is a time to start the process of letting go.

WAB: What Comes After Boot Camp?


What happens when your Marine graduates and leaves the Marine Corps Recruit Depot? Where does your new Marine go next? What's After Boot?

To that end, every Marine goes on to additional weapons training at the at School of Infantry (SOI) following boot camp graduation. Your Marine will have specific written orders before departure from the Recruit Depot.

Marine Parents Learning Center

Come learn about the Marine Corps with us!


The Marine Parents website was started to complement information on the official United States Marine Corps websites. We rovide accurate, well-researched information about all phases of your Marine's career in the Corps, including boot camp, school of infantry, MOS school, duty stations, deployment, and homecomings.

SOI: School of Infantry

It's What's After Boot Camp


All graduates of Marine Corps recruit training attend the School of Infantry (SOI). At SOI, they will train with one of two training battalions, either MCT or ITB. All non-infantry Marines attend training at Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT), while infantry Marines (all Marines with a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 03xx) attend training at Infantry Training Battalion (ITB).

10-Day Leave After Boot Camp Graduation

Learn about the 10-day leave Marines earn after completing recruit training.


The next phase of training after boot camp is SOI, or School of Infantry. Your new Marine is entitled to ten days leave after recruit training. Your new Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave if desired.

Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

Notifying your Marine of an emergency is best done through the American Red Cross.


Things are different in the military. If your family has an emergency, how do you let your recruit or deployed Marine know about it? While we all hope that we don't need to know, it's better to be prepared and understand the next steps for notifying your loved one who is serving our country. This article is an essential read to gain that understanding no matter where your recruit or Marine are in their journey.

If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment and feel you need to contact the Marine, your best action is to contact the American Red Cross. Please be aware that contact from the Red Cross will alert your Marine to a serious condition at home. The Red Cross has guidelines they must follow for qualifying emergency notification to your Marine. The Red Cross can be contacted for birth announcements of a Marine's new baby.

First Phone Call at Boot Camp

Recruits are allowed to make a phone call to inform their loved ones they have arrived safely.


All new Marine recruits make a phone call home after arriving at the Recruit Depot. The sole purpose of this first phone call is to notify the family that their recruit has arrived safely.

It's a short scripted phone call and typically you'll hear others talking in the background with Drill Instructors using their best "Drill Instructor" voice giving directions. Some families record the call on their phone. What was your experience?

Marine Corps Video

An Inside Look at Mascot Cpl Chesty XII


CBS News RAW: David Martin speaks with U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. William Dixon about the retirement of the honored and longstanding canine mascot, Chesty, who served his nation proudly.

Recruiter Assistance After Boot Camp Graduation

PRASP: Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program


While on leave after graduation from boot camp, new Marines may be selected by the USMC for participation in the Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program (PRASP). Click to read more on our website.

1st Marine Division Clashes with Communist Chinese Forces

April 5, 1947 in Marine Corps History.


On April 5, 1947, five Marine guards were killed and eight more were wounded during an attack by Communist Chinese forces near the Hsin Ho ammunition depot in northern China. This was the last major clash between the 1st Marine Division and Communist Chinese forces and occurred just four days after the 1st Division and 1st Marine Aircraft Wing had received their withdrawal and redeployment plans from China on April 1.

April 5th is Gold Star Spouses Day

Designated in 2017 by the US Senate


In 2017, the United States Senate designated April 5th as Gold Star Spouses Day, to allow Americans to pay respect to the spouses of fallen servicemembers. Take a moment to show your support and show Gold Star Spouses that we remember their sacrifice.

Official Marine Parents Memes

We have memes for volunteers and members to use in social media!


We have created memes for volunteers and members to use on social media. Please do not alter or crop these images.

On a computer, right-click the image and click "Save Image As" to save the image to your downloads. On a mobile device, tap and hold your finger on the image and tap "Save Image" to download the image to your camera roll.

Memories: Family Day at Boot Camp

How many photos did you take or will you take?


We extend a moment of thought to the families unable to attend boot camp graduation during the pandemic and hope our country never experiences something like that again. This memory of Family Day was written by a Marine who served through 2012 and worked as a writer at Marine Parents.

This photo was taken on Family Day in May 2009. It is a picture of my father and me moving ahead of the group to have the type of talk that only father and son can have at this moment. This moment only happens once in a lifetime. My mother's caption with this photo read, "I love his new walk." I never thought about the simple fact that I would be walking differently. That is something only a parent can take note of. The changes that will happen during those three months at boot camp are apparent and very subtle.

Video Marine Corps

Marine Corps Force Fitness Program


U.S Marine Staff Sergeant Mitchell Brown talks about how he feels the force fitness program benefits the Marine Corps at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 08, 2017. Force Fitness is a new program within the Marine Corps that teaches unit leaders new physical training techniques. Music Provided by Free Music Archive from Podington Bear (Video by Lance Cpl. Jennessa Davey)

3rd Amphibious Corps Progresses on Okinawa

April 3, 1945 in Marine Corps History.


On April 3, 1945, Marines with the 3rd Amphibious Corps continued to progress along their front on the Japanese island of Okinawa, clearing Zampa Misaki and seizing the Katchin Peninsula. This effectively cut the island in two and was accomplished more than a week ahead of the schedule originally set by Marine Corps leaders.

TAPS/TAMP - Transition Assistance Programs

Learn about the process Marines go through as they transition out of the Marine Corps.


Before your Marine's end of active service (EAS) date, he or she will be required to go through a series of classes, discharge medical checks, terminal leave documents, separation documents, check out sheets, and more. These will assist your Marine during the process of ending their active service and after their separation from the Marine Corps.

Photos of Your Recruit

Where can I see photos of my recruit in training?


Thirteen weeks is a long time to go without seeing your loved-one. That makes this a tough question to answer because we know you long to see a ANY photo of your recruit. However, we don't post photos of recruits in training except as approved by the United States Marine Corps Public Affairs Offices at either Recruit Depot Parris Island or Recruit Depot San Diego.

Video Marine Corps

MARSOC Tactical Driving and Shooting Course


MARSOC Marines participate in the Tactical Driving and Shooting Course. Mastering the fundamentals of defensive driving and precision shooting in close quarters enhances the overall effectiveness of the individual operator and team. Dynamic and realistic training prepares them to operate in austere, and often, volatile environments.

Preparing for Boot Camp Graduation

Helpful tips to prepare for your Marine's graduation from boot camp.


Attending boot camp graduation should be an exciting time for a Marine's family members. Use this page for some helpful tips and resources that you may need when you attend your Marine's graduation from boot camp.

April is Month of the Military Child

Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger


Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.

Happy Easter Marine Families

To You and Our Marines Around the World


We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family, and your Marine, wherever they may be, a Happy Easter. We hope your day is filled with love, hope, and family. If you can't be with your family in person, we hope our technology world gives you a chance to connect with one another. God Bless and Semper Fi!

Core Values: Honor, Courage, Commitment

It's what Marines learn from day one as a recruit.


To understand how to do what is right, recruits and Marines are taught about ethics and the core values of the Marine Corps. The Corps' core values are Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These values make up the bedrock of a Marine's character. During recruit training, recruits are taught these core values and numerous others related to them, such as integrity, discipline, teamwork, duty, and "esprit de corps."

Marine Corps Barracks 8th & I

March 31, 1801 in Marine Corps History.


On March 31, 1801, the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, rode with then-President Thomas Jefferson in search of, "a proper place to fix the Marine Barracks on." The two chose a square in Southeast Washington, at 8th and I streets, due to its proximity to the Navy Yard, as well as being within marching distance of the Capitol.

Embracing All Stages of the Marine Corps

Why We Need to Support and Respect EVERY Stage of the Journey


From Marine Parents Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia:
As I reflect on the 20 years of service to Marines and their family members there is one thing I know: everyone is in a different stage of being a Marine family member. Prior to 9/11, I had no idea that the course of my existence would change so drastically. But it did. My son was at Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego and our country was going to war.

When you compare the journey of each of our Marine Parents, family members, and Marines, we each have our own stories to tell and we're each on the journey at a different level of understanding and the emotions that go along with it. It's important to embrace the career stage that each of us is experiencing, as that is the definition of the Marine Corps family.

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Purple Heart Recipient LCpl Sean Carroll's Story


When the EGA Shop first revealed the Marine's Heart Pendant necklace and announced that it was handcrafted by Marine Corps veterans, the unique piece of jewelry gained significant attention. And the attention turned to the apprentice who makes the necklace, Lance Corporal Sean Carroll. Sean was critically wounded in Iraq on March 5, 2004 with 2/4 Marines in Ramadi. His injuries include TBI, PTSD, right leg amputation, loss of the left thumb and index finger, and extensive skin grafts.

During Phase 2: Initial Drill Evaluation

Learn the importance of DRILL for the Corps


The Initial Drill Evaluation tests each platoon's ability to listen to the orders of its Drill Instructor at this point in training, and is a demonstration of the unit's degree of discipline and esprit de corps. Drill is used as one of the first methods of transforming these recruits from civilians into Marines, and plays a large part on their development of teamwork and unit cohesion.

The object of close order drill is to teach Marines, through exercise, to obey orders immediately and in the correct manner. Close order drill is one foundation of discipline and esprit de corps. Additionally, it has long been, and remains, one of the finest methods for developing confidence and troop leadership abilities in lower-ranking Marines.

National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29 Each Year


Vietnam Veterans Day is annually observed on March 29. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973 was the day United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. In addition, on and around this same day Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.

It commemorates the hardships suffered and sacrifices made by nine million Americans during the Vietnam War. However, the holiday does not only honor the former soldiers but also their families who supported them before and after the war.

Unit Information Page™

Search for your Marine's Unit Information Page.


In 2004, Marine Parents was new. We learned quickly that knowing more about your Marine's unit helped us stay in touch with our Marines deployed to war. And it's still helpful today. The UIP (Unit Information Page™) is a 1-2 page all-inclusive resource of information for the Marine Corps unit of your Marine once assigned to his/her PDS. The page includes the unit history and location, USMC contact information, and websites for each unit.

When to Stop Sending Letters During Boot Camp

Every situation is a little different. Please read.


Writing letters are the best way to stay connected to your recruit while he/she is in boot camp. You may hear someone will tell you there is a day you are supposed to stop sending letters. This may be from their own personal experience, but every situation is different.

Marine Corps Uniforms

at Marine Corps Bootcamp Recruit Training MCRD


Marines are not known just for their battlefield prowess, but for their unparalleled standards of professionalism and uncompromising personal conduct and appearance.

What Comes After the Corps?

Is Your Marine in EAS Mode? What is that?


You've got questions, we've got answers. In civilian terms. For help navigating our website "After the Corps" use our website map page. You guessed it, there's another whole set of acronyms to understand when your son or daughter is ready for EAS: End of Active Duty Service. We'll help you navigate this stage in the Marine Corps career as well. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on

Thanks to this organization and volunteers for keeping me informed every step of the way. I will forever feel such gratitude. During the difficult times of my Marine's career in the Corps, I felt like I wasn't alone. Two Grateful Marine Parents, 2012

DD 214 Information

The DD214 is the Department of Defense's verification form to prove that an individual was in the military.


The DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, generally referred to as a "DD 214", is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active-duty military service.

Military Resources

Vetted and Approved by Marine Parents


Are you looking for reliable resources, education, information, or legitimate organizations? On this page of our website, you'll find a list of resources recommended by

School of Infantry: Foot Patrol

Because Every Marine is a Rifleman


While attending the School of Infantry (SOI), Marines will be instructed on how to conduct foot patrols in both urban and rural environments. Learning the proper techniques of foot patrolling is a critical component to becoming a rifleman, as patrolling is a key element of asserting combat power and gaining battlefield dominance to accomplish the mission.

Video Marine Corps

MCMAP to Overcome Obstacles


Marines attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command, practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, 2015. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and war fighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.

Assault on Outpost Vegas

March 27, 1953 in Marine Corps History.


On March 27, 1953, the 5th Marines, supported by the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, counter-attacked enemy-held positions in the first full day of fighting after Chinese forces launched an assault on Outpost Vegas the previous evening. Companies E and F of the 2/7 managed to regain partial control of the outpost that day, despite being down to just three platoons between them. At the time, this was the bloodiest action U.S. Marines had engaged in on the Western Front.

Check the Weather

How does the weather impact Recruit Training?


Well, it doesn't. Recruits train whether the weather is fair, cold, cloudy, or raining. But if you'd like to check the weather daily, we've got a page for that, too.

Etiquette in the Corps

The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette.


The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette. We will discuss some of the common types as they pertain to family members and their Marines and how you should act in those situations.

Japanese Launch Final Counterattack on Iwo Jima

March 25, 1945 in Marine Corps History.


On March 25, 1945, the assault on the island of Iwo Jima appeared to have ended after 35 days of intense fighting. However, that night, 300 Japanese troops launched a final, last-ditch counterattack near Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees, and Marines from the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the Japanese forces until morning but suffered heavy casualties. More than l00 Americans were killed and a further 200 were wounded. Almost all of the Japanese troops were killed in the battle.

School of Infantry: Camp Pendleton

Basic info about SOI West + Grad Date Schedule


Information in Graduation Dates link updated 3/15/2023. Camp Pendleton, California, is one of two School of Infantry (SOI) locations where newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. Camp Pendleton is located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego.

MPTA is Travel Assistance

We help fund a family member to attend boot camp graduation!


The mission of our Travel Assistance program is to support Marine Corps recruits by assisting one of his/her family members who show significant financial need, to attend boot camp graduation events so the Marine is not alone.

Looking for TRUSTED Deployment Information?

Marines Want to Deploy. Parents? Not So Much.


Your son or daughter joined the Marine Corps to serve their country; being deployed is part of their job. It's the part of their job most Marines desire. As the parent of a Marine, deployment feels scary. But it doesn't have to be. Our mission is to provide you with information to better understand and prepare YOU for what to expect during deployment. This website page is worth a glance today; knowing you can turn to Marine Parents is the takeaway.


We've been sharing information with family members during deployments since January 2003. Our information is accurate and trusted. And we speak your language. We have worn YOUR shoes.

I somehow feel closer to my son when I read the information on your website. Thank you for giving that to me.

Interference During Recruit Training

Our Philosophy, and Why You Should Read This

3/23/2024, Inc. discourages any interference with recruit training, including but not limited to photos of recruits in training, attendance at pep rallies or bus rallies, attendance at Sunday services with recruits, or anything outside the regular Family Day and Graduation Ceremony held at MCRD.

Moving After the Corps

Moving and EAS: End of Active Service


There are multiple ways that a Marine can choose to move him or herself and their family. A Marine may choose to do a Personally Procured Move (PPM), formerly a Do It Yourself (DITY) move, or he or she may choose to have the military move their personal family items for them.

Video Marines Singing Elijah

YouTube Channel Published on Sep 17, 2014


America's extraordinary men and women in uniform (Marines) participate in worship, lifting their voices to Almighty God as they sing "Days of Elijah." You will love the energy and camaraderie as they praise the God of Psalm 91.

Search the MarineParents Website

Got questions? We've got ANSWERS!


Your journey with your Marine will lead you to more questions. And we've got answers on our website. On every page of our websites, we've got a search tool. Enter the subject in the search box, and it will search all of our websites for the answer.

MCMAP: Marine Corps Martial Arts

a combat-oriented martial arts program created by the Marine Corps


MCMAP training teaches Marines the skills required in unarmed combat, weapons of opportunity, rifle and bayonet tactics, and edged weapon techniques. It focuses on hand-to-hand combat, the combat mindset, combat conditioning, and close-quarters fighting. Mental, character, and physical aspects are three disciplines emphasized in the martial arts program.

A Good Review for the Parent of a Marine

Our article written by a Marine talks about helicopter parenting


This article was written by a Marine in our office probably ten years ago. This is as true today as the day it was written. It was written for parents of recruits in boot camp, but it's a good review for parents with a son or daughter in any stage of their career in the Marine Corps. Read and share!

Haircuts & Hygiene

Part of the Reason Marines Look So Good in Uniform


It is not uncommon to hear a statement like, "Marines sure do look sharp in uniform!" As a matter of fact, some Marines claim part of their motivation to join the Marine Corps was found in the desire to attain the honor of wearing the esteemed uniform.

Why do Marines look so sharp in uniform? The answer lies in their incredible attention to detail and strict uniform regulations which include specifications regarding haircuts and hygiene.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Amber, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, March 1, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Amber, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

Thank you so much Marine Parents! Without your help, this experience wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you! Amber, New Marine Mom

History of Rosie the Riveter

The story behind the iconic World War II image and what it means today.


Born from a campaign to recruit female workers for defense industries during World War II, Rosie the Riveter is perhaps the most iconic image of working women and arguably the most memorable image in United States history.

First Female Marine - Opha May Johnson

On August 13, 1918, Opha May Johnson enlisted in the Marine Corps.


In 1918, as World War I was coming to an end, the number of male Marines deployed overseas led to the Marine Corps allowing women to enlist for the first time, filling the vacancies (primarily administrative) left by the deployed Marines. On August 13, 1918, approximately 300 women enlisted in the Marine Corps reserves, with Opha May Johnson being the first. Her first duties were as a clerk at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps (HQMC) in Arlington, Virginia, managing the records of other female reservists.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Laurie, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, March 8, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Laurie, the Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Fox Company to become a Marine.

This program was a blessing to be a part of. The assistance allowed me to attend one of the most important days of my son's life. Thank you Marine Parents! Laurie, New Marine Mom

Drill Instructor Gives Advice to Future Marines

You Tube Channel Marines Published on June 26, 2018


Video, Marine Corps: Staff Sgt. Young from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego talks about being a drill instructor and gives advice to future Marines.

Casualty Notification Procedures During Deployments

The casualty notification procedures change depending on whether the Marine is deceased, or if they are wounded/injured/ill.


In the case of death or serious injury, the Primary Next of Kin (PNOK) will be notified, by a uniformed service member, within 24 hours of the accident. These service members are called Casualty Assistance Calls Officers (CACO). Notification will only be made between the hours of 0500 and 0000 (5am-midnight). The service member will be wearing his Service Alpha Uniform.

Drill Instructor Creed

of the United States Marine Corps


Your recruit will be introduced to his or her Drill Instructors (DIs) for the first time at the end of the first week after arriving in boot camp. Indeed, this is one of the defining moments in a recruit's training.

Reserve Options

Learn the different options young men and women have to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.


For the most part, when civilians think of a reservist they think of someone who reports to their unit one weekend a month and for two weeks in the summer. There are actually a few different options that provide young men and women the opportunity to serve their country.

First Female Marine to Serve in a Combat Zone

March 18, 1967 in Marine Corps History


On March 18, 1967, the first female Marine to serve in a combat zone reported for duty in Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon), a city in southern Vietnam. Barbara J. Dulinsky served at the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam headquarters in Saigon, providing administrative support to the Marines.

The Recruit Parents Website

Navigating Boot Camp for 20 Years


We've been helping families understand recruit training (boot camp) for 20 years. We speak in civilian terms to help family members who are new to the military. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on

I couldn't have gone through my son's 13 weeks in boot camp without the support and information right here on this website. I got 13 weeks of education, too. Thank you for teaching me how to be a Marine Parent!

—Jill from Iowa, Marine Mom, 2007

Marine Speak

Learn some of the common words and phrases Marines use on a daily basis.


The Marine Corps has a rich and proud tradition. The countless battle streamers earned by each individual unit is a testament to this fact. There are many things that the Marines do that set them apart from the other branches of service. However, the Marine Corps has always had a long-standing history with the U.S. Navy. This is to be expected, considering that the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The United States has a military unlike any other. Specifically, we are fortunate enough to have a maritime tour de force. As such, the Marine Corps and Navy often times operate hand in hand. Consequently, one of the many things that we use in conjunction with the Navy is their terminology.

Join our team of Volunteers at MarineParents

Did you know our volunteers work from home? You can, too!


Volunteering at Marine Parents is a rewarding experience and opens many doors to new friendships and levels of support, and provides you an opportunity to lend support to other Marine Corps families, in addition to our Marines and Sailors. Volunteers at Marine Parents receive no compensation, either monetarily or with benefits.

Links and Resources by States

Find useful resources for Marine Corps family members and Veterans in your state!


Our States Resources database includes useful information for Marine Corps family members and Veterans including VA Hospital locations, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) locations, and military Veteran organizations.

MPTA Helps Marine Spouse, Sylvia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, February 23, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Sylvia, the spouse of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from India Company to become a Marine.

I am so grateful to Marine Parents for giving me this opportunity. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Being able to support my husband during graduation was the best gift I could have given him. Thank you! Sylvia, New Marine Spouse

The Chain of Command

Knowing, understanding, and following the chain of command


Knowing, understanding, and following the chain of command in the military is crucial. The chain of command is the system that controls the happenings, tasks, and logistics of the military. The chain of command is also the tasking authority for subordinates. The chain of command is what gives warriors structure and discipline when engaging in conflict. It is imperative to the success of our military that the chain of command exercises the correct leadership and appropriate discipline in order to ensure success.

Beginning the Transformation to Marine

You Tube Channel Marines Published on April 7, 2011


Recruit training transforms civilians into Marines who can face any challenge. As recruits, they will be met with stress and chaos from the start at the hands of the drill instructor.

First Female Marine Officers Arrive at Mt. Holyoke College

March 13, 1943 in Marine Corps History.


On March 13, 1943, the first group of 71 female Marine officer candidates arrived at U.S. Midshipmen School (Women's Reserve) at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The Navy's readiness to share its training facilities allowed the group of women to begin their training just one month after the Marine Corps Women's Reserve was created.

British Merchant Ship Martha Captured

March 11, 1778 in Marine Corps History.


On March 11, 1778, Continental Marines aboard the Continental Navy frigate Boston sighted, engaged, and captured the British merchant ship Martha while en route to France. John Adams, who would later serve as the second president of the United States, was on the ship and attempted to join in the action on deck with the Marines, only to be sent below-deck by the frigate's Captain, Samuel Tucker, for his safety.

2018: 100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps

March is Womens History Month


The year 2018 marked the centennial of women in the Corps. Let's celebrate the fewer and the prouder! The history of women in the Marine Corps is full of broken barriers and major accomplishments. There are undoubtedly many more accomplishments to come as the female Marines of today will continue to build upon the foundation and legacy of Marines that came before them.

9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade Lands at DaNang

March 8, 1965 in Marine Corps History.


On March 8, 1965, the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade landed at DaNang, Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops to arrive in the country. The 3,500 men arrived both via the beach with the 3rd Battalion. 9th Marines Landing Team, and at DaNang Airfield with Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines.

Hispanic Women in the Marine Corps

Womens History Month


The first known Latina woman Marine served during World War II. Her name was Maria Lourdes (Torres) Maes. Like many women of her era, she joined the Marines specifically to “Free a Man to Fight.” She attained the terminal rank of Corporal.

Born in Puerto Rico, Rose Franco enlisted in 1952 during the Korean War and served until her retirement in 1977. She was the first Hispanic woman to become a chief warrant officer.

Corporal Ramona Valdez, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx was the first woman to die in combat in the Iraq War. She was killed in Iraq on June 23, 2005. On August 26, 2017, Fordham Road & Grand Concourse was dedicated as “Marine Corporal Ramona Valdez Square,” in her honor.

The child of Mexican immigrants, Angela Salinas was the first in her family to graduate from college. On August 2, 2006, Major General Angela Salinas made history when she became the first Hispanic female to obtain a general rank in the Marine Corps. Upon her retirement in 2013, she was the highest-ranking female officer in the Marines.

The Matrix and Recruit Parent Articles

The Perfect Starting Point for Parents of Poolees & Recruits


Get started here preparing for your son or daughter leaving for Marine Corps Recruit Training, also known as Boot Camp at both Parris Island and San Diego.

Our Facebook Groups by Family Affiliation

For Parents, Moms, and Dads


We have official MarineParents Facebook groups to communicate with others with the same affiliation. Our groups are run by volunteers who have gone through 40 hours of training to facilitate the groups. Be sure to answer all three questions when you click to join a group.

National Hug a G.I. Day

March Forth and Give a Service Member a Hug or Handshake!


Members of the armed forces have been referred to as G.I.s since 1940, and today is the day that we celebrate everything they do for us with a big hug (or a handshake), in person or through an email. Use #HugAGIDay to post on social media.

The term G.I. was first used during WWI. "G.I." started being interpreted as "Government Issue" or "General Issue" for the general items of equipment of soldiers and airmen. The term "G.I." came into widespread use in the United States with the start of the Selective Service System ("the draft") in 1940, extending into 1941. On June 17, 1942, former army sergeant turned comic strip artist Dave Breger began his G.I. Joe series in "Yank" magazine. In 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed what would later become known as the G.I. Bill. In 1964, toy company Hasbro trademarked G.I. Joe as an action figure.

The GI Bill and How it Works

Educational Benefits Earned by Members of the Armed Forces


The term "GI Bill" refers to any educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs earned by members of the armed forces and their family members. These benefits are designed to assist service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with receiving a higher education or job training.

After the Corps: The GI Bill

Good to Know BEFORE Leaving the Corps


The term "GI Bill" refers to any educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs earned by members of the armed forces and their family members. These benefits are designed to assist service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with receiving a higher education or job training. There are several GI Bill programs, and each is administrated differently depending on the individual's eligibility and duty status.

Official Marine Corps Publications

This page includes links to official Marine Corps publications


Learn from the source! This website page links to official United States Marine Corps publications. The page includes links to the DOD website and the Marines Social Meda Handbook.

VIDEO: A Day at the MEPS

Video by John Toniolli Published on February 1, 2018


The Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS, is where applicants for military service go to complete the enlistment process. MEPS ensures that each applicant meets the aptitude, physical, and behavioral standards set by the Department of Defense and Service Branches.

Semper Gumby

Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means Always Flexible.


Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means "Always Flexible" and is a play on the Marine Corps slogan "Semper Fidelis" or "Semper Fi" meaning "Always Faithful". In the Marine Corps, whether a family member or a Marine, we quickly learn that Semper Gumby is a way of life! He's a true icon of the Marine Corps family.

History of Women in the Marine Corps

Today, they are no longer referred to as female Marines. They are, simply, Marines.


Just over a year after the United States entered World War II, the United States Marine Corps authorized a Women's Reserve, becoming the last of the services to open its ranks to both genders.

Jacob Zeilin: First Brigadier General Commandant in USMC History

March 2, 1867 in Marine Corps History


On March 2, 1867, Jacob Zeilin, who had served as Colonel Commandant of the Marine Corps since June 30, 1864, was promoted to Brigadier General Commandant, the first time Congress authorized this rank for the Marine Corps. This statute was repealed in June 1874 so that the rank of Commandant would revert to colonel upon Zeilin's retirement.

*Image info: Jacob Zeilin (U.S. government photo/released)

Travel Assistance is Available

Do you need financial help to attend boot camp graduation?


If you need help with finances to attend your recruit's graduation from boot camp, we're here for you. While we can't pay the full cost, we hope you'll apply for assistance if you have a financial need.

Attending the graduation ceremony for your newly-minted Marine is an experience every soon-to-be Marine parent would like to experience. However, some families cannot afford to attend their recruit's graduation. For each boot camp graduation cycle, we raise money to fund our Travel Assistance program. Funds are used to reimburse a recruit's family members who meet our financial need requirements.

Recruits Filing Taxes Before Boot Camp

They Can Protect Our Country AND They Can File Their Own Taxes


Every year when tax season comes around, many questions and comments come up about how Marines or recruits can file their taxes when they are in training or deployed.

Our stance at Marine Parents, is that Marines and recruits are adults and should be treated as such. If we can trust these young adults to protect our country, we can trust them to handle their own personal responsibilities. During boot camp, your recruit's Drill Instructors will help them develop qualities such as responsibility and discipline and teach them how to prioritize and handle what's going on in their lives.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Established in 2005 to increase public awareness of brain injuries


Brain Injury Awareness Month was established in 2005 to increase public awareness of brain injuries and to address the needs of persons living with brain injuries, their family members, and caregivers. CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Injuries may result from blasts in combat, motor vehicle accidents, falls, flying objects, or assaults. According to the DoD, there have been 375,230 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

Congratulations to Katharine Mizla, our newest Volunteer!

Katharine completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Katharine Mizla who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

History of 8th & I

Learn about Marine Barracks Washington, also known as 8th & I.


Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location. The intersection of 8th St. and I St. was chosen due to its proximity to the Washington Naval Yard and the fact that it was within easy marching distance of the Capitol building.

Operation Desert Storm Cease-Fire

February 28, 1991, in Marine Corps history.


On February 28, 1991, Operation Desert Storm came to an end when a cease-fire declared by George W. Bush went into effect. Over the course of the war, the First Marine Expeditionary Force had a strength of more than 92,000 Marines, making Operation Desert Storm the largest Marine Corps operation ever. In total, 24 Marines were killed during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Support for Recruit Parents

How we help support you in this journey.


When parents learn that their son or daughter has enlisted, or is contemplating enlisting, in the Marine Corps, they may go into "This can't be happening" mode - particularly those with little or no military familiarity. An infinite number of questions may immediately arise, and sometimes there are no answers.

Uniforms of the Marine Corps

Learn about YOUR Marine's Uniforms: 3 Different Types


The link below to the website page includes a chart to understand better the uniforms your Marine is wearing. The chart is an excellent reference as well as a learning tool. You can also learn about the differences between uniforms in other branches of the service.

Life in the Corps Website Map

Marine Corps Knowledge, Marine Life, History, and Tradition


These pages of our website are rich with information that you'll want to know while your loved one is in the Corps. We bring it to you in civilian terms. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages for Life in the Marine Corps.

The information I've learned from websites has been incredible. They give me information in civilian terms. I feel more informed, but more importantly, I feel closer to my daughter in her journey in the Marine Corps. Semper Family, and thank you!
—Marine Mom Genevieve from Plano, TX in 2020

When Will I Know My Recruit's Platoon Number?

An Article from our Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia


This is an important question because we can't send a letter until we get the platoon number. The address for each company is public knowledge, but mailing a letter without a platoon number causes big delays. The wrong platoon number causes even more delays. So here's the TOTAL scoop on this question.

Boot Camp Survival Tips for Parents

If you read nothing else, read this article.


We want to share these boot camp survival tips with you. If you read nothing else about MCRD, read this. Indeed, they include four "DO NOT" rules, but this is the Marine Corps and they have rules. You'll be glad you know them.

Website Map for Families of Officers

Use this as a guide to navigate the officers section


For family members of officers needing help navigating our website, use this map of officer's pages on a Place to Connect & Share®.

I want to thank so much!! You have calmed many fears and worries that I have had. Thank you for your dedication, time, and love!! Brigitte, Marine Mom, 2017

Marine Corps Ranks

Learn about ranks using terminology civilians can understand.


Learning about Marine Corps ranks is a fundamental yet vital part of life in the Corps. Not only is it essential for your Marine to know the rank structure, but it can also be helpful for loved ones to know which rank their Marine is and which ranks their Marine will work with daily.

The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)

Learn more about the origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.


The origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor insignia worn by Marines can be traced to those ornaments worn by early Continental Marines as well as to the British Royal Marines.

In 1776, Marines wore a device depicting a fouled anchor. Changes were made to that device in 1798, 1821, and 1824. An eagle was added in 1834. The current insignia dates to 1868 when Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin convened a board "to decide and report upon the various devices of cap ornaments of the Marine Corps." A new insignia was recommended and approved by the Commandant. On 19 November 1868, the new insignia was accepted by the Secretary of the Navy.

Medical Discharge

Learn the process Marines go through when they are medically discharged from the Corps.


The Marine Corps demands a lot from Marines, both physically and mentally. Physical training can take a toll on the body. The mental stress, whether a Marine has been in combat or not, can take a toll on the mind. Medical conditions can persist to a point that a Marine would be rendered unfit for duty and then be medically separated or retired.

The Recruiters

Are They Your Resource for Questions?


As the parents and/or family of a Marine Corps applicant or recruit, you likely have many questions. You may or may not find your son or daughter's recruiter to help answer your questions. Bear in mind your son or daughter's recruiter has a mission to accomplish and the recruiter's duties are to the Marine Corps and the applicants. Don't fret; there are plenty of other avenues to find the answers you're looking for.

First MEF Attacks Iraqi Defenses

February 24, 1991 in Marine Corps History


On February 24, 1991, the First Marine Expeditionary Force and coalition forces began a ground assault on Iraqi defense forces in the final stages of Operation Desert Storm. The First and Second Marine Divisions attacked Iraqi defenses from the front while allied armored forces attacked from the rear. Approximately 100 hours later, Iraqi forces surrendered.

Travel Plans for Graduation

Marine Corps Recruit Depot: PI & SD


Making your travel plans to San Diego or Parris Island is easy enough, but what about your soon-to-be Marine? Will he/she travel back home with you for 10-day leave? How do you know what time to arrange flights?

If you didn't discuss this with your recruit prior to leaving for boot camp, and most of us did not, and the letters you're getting from your recruit aren't giving you the answers you need, where do you turn?

Páginas de Marine Parents en Español

Pages of Marine Parents in Spanish


En cada página en Español de nuestros sitios web, encontrará esta barra roja con enlaces desde esta página, así como sitios web adicionales para las etapas de su recluta o la carrera de Marine en el Cuerpo.

Protein Bars in Boot Camp

Written by a Marine who served USMC '08-'12


Protein bars. Delicious and filling, a deviation from the usual and bland Marine Corps boot camp diet. It's no wonder they are the most requested item from recruits. But should you be sending them?

Here's a reasonable answer: We discourage sending anything to your recruit in boot camp other than cards and letters. If your recruit asks you to send something i.e. protein bars, then that's between you and your recruit.

American Flag Raised on Iwo Jima

February 23, 1945 in Marine Corps History.


February 23 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Marine Corps history and in all of World War 2—the American flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

By February of 1945, the United States Marine Corps had been fighting Imperial Japanese forces across the Pacific for three years. As the Marines slowly but surely worked their way across the Pacific in their island-hopping campaign and closed in on the Japanese homeland, the already fanatical Japanese resistance intensified, leading to some of the of the most brutally intense fighting in a campaign known for it ferocity.

Marine Corps L.I.N.K.S. Program

Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills


L.I.N.K.S. is an acronym that stands for Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills. It is a program to help families of Marines and Sailors become more familiar with the customs and everyday lifestyle of the military. The classes are available to military personnel as well as spouses, parents, and children of Marines and Sailors. These class

AKA: Poolee Family Night

Marine Corps Recruit Station Annual Field Meet


A poolee is an individual who has already signed up to become a Marine but has not yet left for the 13 weeks of recruit training at boot camp in San Diego or Parris Island. Each spring, Marine Corps recruiting stations around the United States hold a "Poolee Family Night" to bring poolees and their parents together to learn what to expect in, and how to prepare for, boot camp.

Marine Corps Social Networking

Social Media Guidance for Unofficial Posts


Throughout the Marine Corps' history, people have discussed, debated and embraced the United States Marine Corps and our Marines. These discussions continue today through online conversations and social networks. This page includes several articles and handbooks from the Marine Corps as well as guidelines from the organization.

Marine Corps Promotions

Every good Marine wants to know how they can get promoted.


There is one question that any good Marine will ask on a regular basis. "How can I get promoted?" That answer will vary depending on the rank of the Marine. We will keep it simple and stick to the basics of getting promoted.

Promotions are cause for celebration and Marines have their own traditions. As the parent of a Marine, you can commemorate their promotion with an engraved coin with your Marine's name, new rank, and date of promotion.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks

Here is a summary of the training weeks at boot camp.


Our new Matrices have arrived! The Marine Corps changed their recruit training matrix in 2022 and we've finally our posters updated and in our store. See the link below if you need to get a new matrix.

Along with the matrices, our website contains a summary of each training week at Marine Corps boot camp. Our information comes from the official MCRD Parris Island and San Diego websites. The schedules for San Diego and Parris Island are different so be sure to select the correct tab on our page.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Diana, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, February 9, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Diana, the Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Thank you to Marine Parents and to all supporters for the assistance that you gave us! Your help means so much since we have so many expenses to take care of. Traveling can be a hardship but you allowed us to have peace of mind by doing the best you can to alleviate some of our expenses. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God keep on blessing every one of you for your generosity. Diana, New Marine Mom

Preparing for Boot Camp

For your Poolee and for YOU!


Are you a seasoned Marine Parent our just starting the journey? This is great information for you to know as you meet other family members who are new to the Corps. You can help them prepare starting in the Poolee stage.

As a poolee, your son or daughter is preparing for boot camp, and the recruiters are preparing the poolees physically, intellectually, and emotionally. They have probably heard from other new Marines who have come back to the recruiter's office and shared their experience from boot camp. The recruiters are preparing the poolees the best way they can.

What about you...who has prepared you?

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Trenity, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, February 9, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Trenity, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from India Company to become a Marine.

It was a blessing to be able to see my son graduate. Thank you for helping us make this happen. Trenity, New Marine Mom

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Megan, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, January 26, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Megan, the Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Bravo Company to become a Marine.

My husband and I are truly grateful for the travel assistance. Without this, we would not have been able to make this trip and see our son graduate from boot camp. It was amazing to see how he has grown up and is now a Marine! Words can't express how much this program means to my family. Thank you just isn't enough. We are forever grateful and one day we will return this award to another Marine family! Megan, New Marine Mom

Videos to Share at Marine Parents

Here are some Marine Corps videos you can share with friends and family!


This section of our website includes links to videos we'd like to share with you and in our groups and social media platforms. The videos range from the poolee stage all the way through a Marine's career in the Corps.

Congratulations to Kathryn Goodwin, our newest Volunteer!

Kathryn completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Kathryn Goodwin who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Operation Deckhouse VI

February 17, 1967, in Marine Corps history.


On February 17, 1967, the first full day of "Operation Deckhouse VI" took place near the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Over the course of the operation, which lasted until March 3, the Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) killed 280 enemy combatants.

Health Insurance in the Marine Corps

Learn about the health insurance Marines are offered in the Corps.


Health insurance is just one of the many benefits offered in the Marine Corps. The health insurance offered to Marines has many complexities and at times can be confusing, and with that comes a lot of questions from parents. When to take your recruit/Marine off your insurance? When does your recruit/Marines' insurance take effect? What if your recruit/Marine is a reservist? Not only should Marines be aware of the benefits that are available to them, but their families should also be educated on them as well.

The Crucible During Recruit Training

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine.


The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally, and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54 hours and includes food, sleep deprivation, and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.

The History of the Battlefield Cross

Learn the history and purchase the lapel pin for Memorial Day


The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is not a known fact. Some believe it may have been during the Civil War where it may have been used to signify the location of a dead soldier to be collected and buried during which time they would call a temporary truce.

The Marine Corps Flag

Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.


The Marine Corps flag is scarlet and shows the Marine Corps emblem, which contains a fouled anchor, a globe displaying the western hemisphere, and a spread American Bald Eagle atop the globe. A ribbon held in the eagle's beak carries the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "always faithful"). Below the emblem, a larger ribbon holds the title, "United States Marine Corps."

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.

OPSEC in Boot Camp

Is it REALLY Necessary NOW?


What's critical is that you are aware of what OPSEC is. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know. This is known in the military as "Operations Security" or OPSEC.

In this series of articles on "Becoming a Marine Parent", we've talked a little bit about privacy and respect, noting that both are important concepts to learn as the parent of a recruit. As your recruit nears graduation, the concept of Operations Security becomes just as important to understand.

USS Maine Explodes

February 15, 1898, in Marine Corps history.


On February 15, 1898, 28 Marines and 232 sailors were killed when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded under suspicious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the Spanish being involved in the explosion, "Remember The Maine" became a rallying cry and less than three months later, the United States and Spain were at war.

Montford Point Marines

Today's featured Marines are the Montford Point Marines!


In 1942, Camp Montford Point was established with the first African Americans to serve as Marines since the American Revolution. The history of Montford Point and the brave men who trained there is a testament to the price African Americans had to pay in order to gain acceptance into one of the nation's most respected institutions.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Structure

Training Battalions, Companies, and Platoons


There are two facilities for Marine recruit training. Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRDs) are located in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina. Their acronyms are MCRDSD and MCRDPI, respectively.

What’s next in Marine Corps innovation?

A video from MilTech on Defense News


Marines are known for being adaptable and creative. So what are some of the advancements they’re trying out to improve in the field? This video explains some recent technologies to make tools lighter, faster, and deadlier for the Marine Corps. Narrated by Todd South, Editor-at-Large for Military Times.

Corporal Lawrence Diggs

Today's featured Marine is Corporal Lawrence Diggs.


In 1942 Camp Montford Point was opened and young African American men began filtering through for recruit training to join the United States Marine Corps. Approximately 20,000 African American recruits went through Montford Point from 1942 to 1949. At that time, the Marine Corps was segregated and African American recruits were not allowed to train with white recruits. Although African American recruits trained at a different location than other recruits, their training was just as challenging. Montford Point was the birthplace of some of the toughest and most brave Marines in the history of the Marine Corps.

Among these tough Marines was Cpl. Lawrence "Larry" Diggs. Mr. Diggs happens to live near the corporate office in Columbia, MO and our staff has had the honor of meeting and working with him. Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Diggs was drafted into the military in May 1942 and was one of the first African Americans recruited by the Marine Corps.

Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

The long history of the Marine Corps contains many mottos & slogans that are still used today.


The Marine Corps has a long and illustrious history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps." From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.

MCRD Support Battalion is not RTBN

More Acronyms: STC, MRP, PCP, EHP


MCRD San Diego and Parris Island have a Support Battalion that functions in several capacities for each Depot. Included in the companies for this battalion is the Special Training Company (STC), which is the company recruits are assigned to should they need to be removed from the standard Recruit Training Battalion (RTBN). Taking these actions could happen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to recruits who need medical rehabilitation (MRP), physical conditioning PCP), and evaluation (EHP).


Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?


When it comes to Personal Security (PERSEC), there seems to be some confusion about what it is and how it can affect a Marine and their families on a daily basis. So we're going to attempt to clear it up.

First of all, PERSEC is similar but is NOT OPSEC. OPSEC deals more with the day-to-day operations going on in the Marine Corps. This can be for anything from deployment dates to weapons serial numbers to troop movements.

On the other hand, there is PERSEC. PERSEC deals more with each individual's personal security and how they safeguard their own personal information. We will talk about how it relates to deployments and social media, and how we can better protect ourselves from giving up our personal information.

The Marine Corps does not enforce PERSEC regulations as strictly as they do for OPSEC. However, that does not make PERSEC less important than OPSEC. If safety, in general, is important to you then you should be taking PERSEC seriously.

Letters Sent Home from Recruits

What to Expect, When to Expect, How it All Works


You may be a lucky parent and receive a lot of mail from your recruit. Many are not so lucky, as recruits are very busy during boot camp and will likely be using every spare moment to study and get caught up on work related to becoming a Marine. Recruits are given time to write, but it is up to each individual recruit to choose what he or she needs to do during that free time.

Operation Homecoming Vietnam POWs

February 12, 1973, From our Founder


51 years ago today, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet with a distinctive red cross on its tail lifted off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, and the first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war began their journey home through Operation Homecoming. I was 11 years old, and our family lived at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. I remember the POWs coming home like it was yesterday. My mother took us to greet every plane that arrive on the tarmac. We wore our POW bracelets and hoped "our" POW would be coming home.

It was a time like no other in the history of the United States, and even as a child, I understood the impact on these service members being released from a prisoner of war camp. Today, I want to remember this time and share those memories with others who may not know that time in our history. It should never be forgotten.

The article written on the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming is well done, and I encourage you to take time to read it. The link follows.

Combat Marksmanship

SOI: Marines will undergo combat marksmanship training


The Marine Corps' primary mission is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, as well as to repel an assault by fire and close combat during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore. Combat-ready Marines must be skilled in tactics and highly proficient in firearms.

John H. Russell Appointed U.S. High Commissioner to Haiti

February 11, 1922, in Marine Corps history.


On February 11, 1922, Brigadier General John H. Russell was appointed U.S. High Commissioner and personal representative of the President to the government of Haiti. For the next nine years, the future Commandant in supreme command of both the occupying American forces and the Haitian Gendarmerie.

Becoming a Marine Parent

A 13-Week Journey for You, Too.


Your loved ones have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and now YOUR journey begins as well. As they get ready to leave for boot camp they are busy preparing for their career as one of "The Few, The Proud." One of the most important steps for loved ones at home is already completed! You have joined Recruit Parents and are well on your way to becoming informed, educated and supported by others experiencing the same emotions.

PFC James Anderson Jr.

Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr.


Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr. PFC Anderson is the first African-American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor!

On February 28, 1967, while on patrol outside of the village of Cam Lo, Quang Tri Province, PFC Anderson's platoon came under heavy enemy fire. During the ensuing firefight, an enemy grenade landed near PFC Anderson and several other Marines. PFC Anderson pulled the grenade to his chest, curled around it, and absorbed the majority of the blast with his body, heroically saving the lives of the Marines around him at the cost of his own.

Captain Frederick C. Branch

Today's featured Marine is Captain Frederick C. Branch!


In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well. In this piece, we take a further look at the first African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps - Frederick C. Branch.

Congratulations to Nicole Korous, our newest Volunteer!

Nicole completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Korous who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®! Nicole is joining our 3rd Battalion San Diego team.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

Learn some of the earliest terminology your recruit is taught during boot camp.


There are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn. This reference is a starting point for recruit families—those that are most important to learn during recruit training. After graduation, there are additional resources with more terminology on the primary website for But these are the most important to learn at this time.

Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel

October 1, 1997, in Marine Corps history.


On October 1, 1997, Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, became the first African-American female Marine to achieve the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Prior to her promotion, Jackson served as the Special Projects Officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Hue's Hospital, Jail, Provincial Headquarters Recaptured

February 6, 1968, in Marine Corps history.


On February 6, 1968, two reduced Marine battalions, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines with two companies, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines with three, recaptured Hue's hospital, jail, and provincial headquarters. It would take three more weeks of intense house-to-house fighting, and nearly a thousand Marines killed and wounded before the imperial city was secured.

Knowledge is Power!

Visit Marine Parents to Learn about the Corps


Your recruit or Marine is likely in this profession for at least 4 years. It can be scary when you don't understand what's happening during each career stage of your Marine's journey. Visit the Marine Parents website to learn more about the Corps. We've got over 20 years of experience explaining things in civilian terms. Take a spin through the knowledge today!

The United States Military Code of Conduct

Learn about the U.S. Military Code of Conduct at Marine Parents


All service members receive training in the U.S. military's Code of Conduct at various times in their careers.

The Code of Conduct, which was introduced by President Eisenhower in 1955, is based on time-honored concepts and traditions dating back to the American Revolution.

The six articles outline the obligations and responsibilities of U.S. service members in harm's way.

Battle of Roi-Namur

February 2, 1944, in Marine Corps history.


On February 2, 1944, the 4th Marine Division captured Roi-Namur and eight other islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. This was done as part of the first assault on islands controlled by the Japanese before the beginning of World War II.

MPTA Helps Marine Guardian, Becky, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, January 12, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Becky, Guardian of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Thank you MarineParents for the travel assistance which made sure that me and my family were present during our Marine's graduation! It meant the world to us! I might have made my way there; however, without your help, it would have cost our family severely in ways that we just simply cannot afford. Seeing all that my Marine is becoming and all that he has already accomplished-- it was that little spark that our family needed. Especially because I believe that it takes a village to raise children-- & without my village, as well as the extended support from folks like all of you-- our family would not be as blessed, as it most certainly is. Thank you very much for all that you do! Wendy, New Marine Guardian

Montford Point Marine Memorial

Dedicated to all Montford Point Marines and their legacy (Jacksonville, NC)


February is Black History month. Today we are featuring the Montford Point Marines.

The Montford Point Marine Sculpture that represents the Montford Point Marines; the angle of incline represents the uphill struggle for equality, stands at the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville, N.C., Aug. 26.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers/Released 200826-M-ZF985-1022.JPG

Operation Prairie II Begins

February 1, 1967, in Marine Corps history.


On February 1, 1967, elements of the 3rd Marine Division began Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri province, South Vietnam. The 46-day search-and-destroy operation, which concluded on March 18, 93 Marines and 693 enemy troops were killed.

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