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Q: What is the Young Marines?
A: The Young Marines is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 youth education and service program for boys and girls ages 8 through high school. Young Marines are organized into local units located in nearly every state in the United States.

Q: Is the Young Marines a resident program?
A: No. The youths do NOT attend a "military-style" resident program. This is not a program where you send your children for an extended period. On average, units meet once or twice per week year round.

Q: Is the Young Marines similar to other community-based programs?

A: Yes. Young Marines units are community-based programs run by dedicated adult volunteers in over 300 communities across the United States, and overseas. Young Marine units are similar in nature to Boy/Girl Scout councils or Camp Fire chapters where the units meet once or twice a week.

Q: How many Young Marine units are there?
A: There are over 300 Young Marines units nationwide, including international units and affiliates in Okinawa, Japan, Germany, and Australia. To find the unit nearest you, visit our Find A Unit link above.

Q: Who runs the local Young Marines units?
A: Each Young Marines unit is a independent community-based program lead by registered adult volunteers. Many of these volunteers are former, retired, active duty, or reserve Marines who believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them. They volunteer their time and make every effort to pass positive values on to those under their charge before other destructive influences take root. New volunteers are always welcome to apply, regardless of whether or not they have a background in the Armed Forces.

Q: How much does it cost to join the Young Marines?
A: The cost varies from unit to unit depending on the location and economy. Using the Find A Unit link above you can contact the unit closest to you and inquire as to the costs.

Q: I'm interested in volunteering with the Young Marines. Do I have to be in the military?
While there must be at least one Marine in good standing – Former, retired, reserve or active duty who serves as the Unit Commander, volunteers are always welcome to apply, regardless of whether or not they have a background in the Armed Forces

Q: Can I donate to a local unit?
If you are interested in supporting a Young Marines unit in your community, please contact the unit directly.