Announcements and What's New

If it's news or simply an announcement, you'll find it here. In the "Announcements" section of the website, you'll find our electronic newsletters, newsletter sign up, archive newsletters, press releases, news room, what's new on the websites, and "in the news."

AKA: Poolee Family Night

Marine Corps Recruit Station Annual Field Meet

Published on 3/25/2023

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.

Japanese Launch Final Counterattack on Iwo Jima

March 25, 1945 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 3/25/2023

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.

Our Facebook Groups by Family Affiliation

For Parents, Moms, Dads, Spouses, SOs, & Grandparents

Published on 3/25/2023

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.

In Memory LCpl. Gabriel A. Puchalla

Please offer your condolences to the family.

Published on 3/24/2023

Gabriel A. Puchalla, age 18, of Olathe, Kansas, passed away suddenly of an aortic rupture on March 10, 2023, while on base in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Please click the link below to leave condolences for the family on Gabriel's obituary page AND please leave your thoughts and prayers HERE as a comment. His family are members of the official Marine Parents Facebook group for Third Battalion, San Diego.

The family has requested donations to Marine Parents Travel Assistance in lieu of flowers. We will send a card to the family on your behalf. All donations will receive a receipt via email for tax purposes. Click the link below to donate.

Gabriel attended boot camp at the MCRD in San Diego, California. During boot camp, he earned his Marine Corps Rifle Expert qualification badge. He graduated in September 2022 with the promotional rank of Private First Class. He completed his training at Camp Pendleton and Twentynine Palms in California before joining the fleet at his permanent duty station at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. While at Camp Lejeune, Gabriel worked as a Radio Field Operator and was promoted to Lance Corporal on March 2, 2023.

Sole Surviving Son

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

Published on 3/24/2023

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.

School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

Basic info about SOI East + Grad Date Schedule

Published on 3/24/2023

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.

Drill Instructor Gives Advice to Future Marines

You Tube Channel Marines Published on June 26, 2018

Published on 3/24/2023

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.

Video Marine Corps

MARSOC Tactical Driving and Shooting Course

Published on 3/23/2023

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.

The Recruit Parents Website

Navigating Boot Camp for 20 Years

Published on 3/23/2023

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

How to Become an Officer in the Marine Corps

Learn the different ways to become a Marine Corps Officer.

Published on 3/23/2023

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.

What Comes After the Corps?

Is Your Marine in EAS Mode? What is that?

Published on 3/22/2023

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

Find a Well of Fortitude to Drink From

An Article Written by the Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia

Published on 3/22/2023

Tracy wrote this article in the Fall of 2009. As we approach our 20th anniversary, we wanted to share some of our background, history, and the love the founder has for this amazing organization.

Colonel Bryan P. McCoy, USMC, encouraged me to find a well of fortitude to drink from and gain strength to carry on another day in the face of challenges and the emotional rollercoaster of having a son or daughter in the Marine Corps. This is my well of fortitude.Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, 2009

Video Marine Corps

Marine Corps Force Fitness Program

Published on 3/22/2023

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)

The Marine Corps Hymn (Slow Version)

United States Marine Band

Published on 3/21/2023

You Tube Channel United States Marine Band Published on November 5, 2020

A formal Marine Corps birthday ball traditionally includes both dinner and dancing, but the highlight is the official cake-cutting ceremony. When a live musical ensemble is not available for a birthday ball, recorded music is a viable alternative. Event organizers and Marines across the globe can utilize appropriate ceremonial music by downloading MP3s or video from the Audio Resources section of the Marine Band’s website. “The President’s Own” offers the bugle calls, marches, and other selections required for the ceremony as well as many martial pieces available for other military functions.

(Page includes a link to Official Marine Band downloads!)

History of Rosie the Riveter

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

Published on 3/21/2023

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.

TAPS/TAMP - Transition Assistance Programs

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

Published on 3/21/2023

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.

Unit Information Page™

Search for your Marine's Unit Information Page.

Published on 3/20/2023

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.

First Female Marine - Opha May Johnson

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

Published on 3/20/2023

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.

School of Infantry: Foot Patrol

Because Every Marine is a Rifleman

Published on 3/20/2023

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.

Official Marine Parents Memes

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

Published on 3/19/2023

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.

DD 214 Information

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

Published on 3/19/2023

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

Published on 3/19/2023

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

MPTA Helps Marine Spouse, Angela, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 3/18/2023

On Friday, March 3, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Angela, Spouse of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance. I didn’t even get the chance to get a good picture from the excitement of being able to see my husband after the 13 longest weeks of my life. That’s me and our little girl with our new Marine. Thank you! Angela, New Marine Spouse

First Female Marine to Serve in a Combat Zone

March 18, 1967 in Marine Corps History

Published on 3/18/2023

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.

Confirming Information During Boot Camp

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

Published on 3/18/2023 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.

School of Infantry: Camp Pendleton

Basic info about SOI West + Grad Date Schedule

Published on 3/17/2023

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.

Beginning the Transformation to Marine

You Tube Channel Marines Published on April 7, 2011

Published on 3/17/2023

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.

Marine Speak

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

Published on 3/17/2023

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.

March 17 Newsletter

Published on 3/17/2023

Marine Family Needs Help

Please donate today.

Published on 3/16/2023

Marine Combat Veteran Jonathan was the family anchor. He passed away suddenly after a brief illness. He was admitted to the hospital on Valentine's day, and by midnight, he was on life support. His wife, Thida, was eight months pregnant. They kept Jonathon on life support until their son Jonah was born. His wife and six children now need our help.

It will be challenging to navigate life for the family without their daddy, husband, and anchor, Jonathan. This unexpected tragedy has left the family with insurmountable expenses. During this incredibly tough transition, we need to raise $20,000 to pay existing bills and help the family stay on their feet.

Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

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

Published on 3/16/2023

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!

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Monica, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 3/16/2023

On Friday, March 3, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Monica , Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

Thank you so much for the assistance. It really meant a lot being able to travel to see my son graduate as a Marine. Being a single parent sometimes gets difficult being able to travel with all the expenses. It was an amazing experience and I appreciate any help that made it possible for me to make it to graduation. Monica, New Marine Mom

Tun Tavern: Birthplace of the Marine Corps

Learn the significance Tun Tavern has in Marine Corps history!

Published on 3/15/2023

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

Join our team of Volunteers at MarineParents

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

Published on 3/15/2023

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.

Official Marine Corps Publications

This page includes links to official Marine Corps publications

Published on 3/14/2023

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.

Reserve Options

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

Published on 3/14/2023

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.

Interference During Recruit Training

Our Philosophy, and Why You Should Read This

Published on 3/14/2023, 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.

First Female Marine Officers Arrive at Mt. Holyoke College

March 13, 1943 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 3/13/2023

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.

The Matrix and Recruit Parent Articles

The Perfect Starting Point for Parents of Poolees & Recruits

Published on 3/13/2023

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.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Shelia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 3/13/2023

In Friday, March 10, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Shelia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Golf Company to become a Marine.

Thank you Marine Parents! Your compassion and support are priceless. Being able to attend my son’s ceremony was a wonderful experience. Shelia, New Marine Mom

VIDEO: A Day at the MEPS

Video by John Toniolli Published on February 1, 2018

Published on 3/12/2023

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.

British Merchant Ship Martha Captured

March 11, 1778 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 3/11/2023

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.

Etiquette in the Corps

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

Published on 3/11/2023

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.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Stephanie, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 3/10/2023

On Friday, March 3, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Stephanie, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

Thank you SO much for helping me be a part of my son’s biggest accomplishment! I truly had such an incredible experience seeing him graduate and seeing just how much he’s changed! I am so grateful for programs that help parents during a tough patch get to put their troubles aside a bit for graduation! There were tears shed by all, how much my son wanted me there and how happy he was when he saw I WAS-it was PRICELESS! Thank you so much! Stephanie, New Marine Mom

History of 8th & I

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

Published on 3/10/2023

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.

Professional Photos and Videos

Taken of Recruits During Boot Camp

Published on 3/9/2023

During boot camp, recruits will have their photos taken with their platoon as well as individually in the "dress blues" uniform. A video of graduation will also be produced, and that video will include footage from each battalion. Both Parris Island and San Diego offer these services. Your recruit will be given an opportunity to purchase the photos as well as the video.

2018: 100 Years of Women in the Marine Corps

March is Womens History Month

Published on 3/9/2023

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.

Deployment Pages on

About Deployment, OPSEC, Emergencies, and Support

Published on 3/9/2023

Got a deployment looming? In the middle of deployment? It happens and Marines love it, but their family members, not so much. Remember, information is power. Here's what you need to know to lessen the bumps in the road.

I had two sons and a daughter-in-law deployed at the same time: two soldiers and one Marine. This website was my go-to every single morning. It was my saving grace. I never did find an Army site like this one, but you helped me through that, as well. Thank you.
—Jackie, Marine Mom in Missouri, 2006

I've Got A Marine in the Making

The Marine Corps and Yellow Footprints

Published on 3/8/2023

Those iconic yellow footprints will never go out of style. Unless you've been involved somehow in the Marine Corps and the making of Marines, you may not have known about the yellow footprints. Here are some items worthy of attention that will never go out of style.

9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade Lands at DaNang

March 8, 1965 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 3/8/2023

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.

Casualty Notification Procedures During Deployments

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

Published on 3/8/2023

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.

Life in the Corps Website Map

Marine Corps Knowledge, Marine Life, History, and Tradition

Published on 3/7/2023

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

Hispanic Women in the Marine Corps

Womens History Month

Published on 3/7/2023

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.

Support for Recruit Parents

How we help support you in this journey.

Published on 3/7/2023

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.

Reasons to Shop at the EGA Shop

When you shop at the EGA Shop, you support the troops and our outreach programs!

Published on 3/6/2023

When you shop at the MarineParents EGA Shop, 100% of the proceeds support the outreach programs of the organization. We've been helping Marines and their family members since 2003, and your purchase helps to support Marine Corps families! THANK YOU for shopping with us! a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission. Content and graphics copyright to, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. For additional information on legal use visit the legal page of our website. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity.

Marine Corps Ranks

Learn about ranks using terminology civilians can understand.

Published on 3/6/2023

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.

When Will I Know My Recruit's Platoon Number?

An Article from our Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia

Published on 3/6/2023

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.

Website Map for Families of Officers

Use this as a guide to navigate the officers section

Published on 3/5/2023

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

Boot Camp Survival Tips for Parents

If you read nothing else, read this article.

Published on 3/5/2023

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.

Video Marines Singing Elijah

YouTube Channel Published on Sep 17, 2014

Published on 3/5/2023

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.

After the Corps: The GI Bill

Good to Know BEFORE Leaving the Corps

Published on 3/4/2023

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.

National Hug a G.I. Day

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

Published on 3/4/2023

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

Published on 3/4/2023

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.

The Recruiters

Are They Your Resource for Questions?

Published on 3/3/2023

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.

Uniforms of the Marine Corps

Learn about YOUR Marine's Uniforms: 3 Different Types

Published on 3/3/2023

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.

Services Near Marine Corps Bases

Looking for a SERVICE or TRAVEL near Marine Corps Bases?

Published on 3/3/2023

Looking for a SERVICE or TRAVEL near Marine Corps Bases? Below you'll find lists of vendors and hotels near Marine Corps Bases. Links on this page are either recommendations from other Marine Corps family members or paid advertising.

Would you like to add your Marine Corps Base-Friendly Services (cake or meal delivery, package delivery) or travel (hotels, rental cars) to this page? We need to hear from you!

History of Women in the Marine Corps

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

Published on 3/2/2023

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

Published on 3/2/2023

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)

Protein Bars in Boot Camp

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

Published on 3/2/2023

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.

OPSEC in Boot Camp

Is it REALLY Necessary NOW?

Published on 3/1/2023

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.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Established in 2005 to increase public awareness of brain injuries

Published on 3/1/2023

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.

The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)

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

Published on 3/1/2023

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.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Structure

Training Battalions, Companies, and Platoons

Published on 2/28/2023

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.

Páginas de en Español

Pages of in Spanish

Published on 2/28/2023

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.

Videos to Share at

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

Published on 2/27/2023

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.

MCRD Support Battalion is not RTBN

More Acronyms: STC, MRP, PCP, EHP

Published on 2/27/2023

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).

Marine Corps Social Networking

Social Media Guidance for Unofficial Posts

Published on 2/27/2023

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.

The Crucible During Recruit Training

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

Published on 2/26/2023

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 significance of the Battlefield Cross.

Published on 2/26/2023

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.

Published on 2/26/2023

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.

Links and Resources by States

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

Published on 2/25/2023

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.

What’s next in Marine Corps innovation?

A video from MilTech on Defense News

Published on 2/25/2023

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.

Letters Sent Home from Recruits

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

Published on 2/25/2023

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.

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