Questions and Answers about U.S. Marine Corps

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4 months for me

Answered - 0311 Infantry (Former Employee) - Camp Lejeune, NC

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It could take as little as 1 month or as long as a year just to get into training. You must be physically qualified in many factors i.e. allergies, physical fitness, age. Etc. You must do at least 3 months of boot camp training to become a Marine. Then you go to combat training for 1-2 months. Then you go to school to learn your job that could be from 2-18 months depending on your job title. Then you go to the fleet where you get stationed somewhere until the end of your contract.

Answered - Warehousemen (Former Employee) - MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI

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It depends on what you want your job to be and the availability. you start your career based on training availability for what you want to do. if you join and theres not a training cycle available for you for up to a year then you have to wait approximately that long or at least 4-6 months prior to that date before you're shipped out. you have to get in shape and meet the physical fitness requirement as well as various medical and background screenings.

Answered - Field Radio Operator, Non-Commissioned Officer (Former Employee) - United States

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The length of the process depends on what is needed from the individual. It may take 30 days or longer. You will meet with a recruitrer and fill out an application. Depending on what is required from the individual, you may need more information; i.e. background check, high school diploma, college degrees, etc. Once all information is verified and testing is complete, the individual will be taken to the MEPS station closest to his/her place of residence and a physical exam will be given. Depending on the results, the individual may be sworn in as soon as the results are verified. Once sworn in, an invidual will be received in to the next available training platoon available. Training will be 12-14 weeks at one of the two training depots. Once training is complete, an individual will become a United States Marine and begin his/her training for their specialty.

Answered - Administrative Assistant/Military Police (Former Employee) - 沖縄県

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For me it took about 9 months but that was because I was in the DEP program. Besides that i really wouldn't be able to say how long it takes. It varies.

Answered - Administrative Specialist (Former Employee) - Jacksonville, NC

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Contact your local recruiter to begin the enlistment process.

Answered - Automated Data Processing Equipment Section Leader (Former Employee) - Okinawa, Japan

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Delayed Entry Program

Answered - Inventory Control/Assistant Warehouse Supervisor (Former Employee) - Camp Pendleton, CA

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It depends on what job you want and when they have openings for bootcamp

Answered - Military Police (Former Employee) - Camp Lejeune, NC

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Well initialling to join you must take the asvab,The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test, pass the ist, Initial Strength Test a annual cft, Combat Fitness Test and annual pft, Physical Fitness Test and completion of boot camp while holding all of the marine corps standards at heart.

Answered - US Marine,1141 (Current Employee) - San Diego, CA

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1 months - 1 year

Answered - Field Radio Operator (Current Employee) - Cherry Point, NC

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