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."

How to Become an Officer in the Marine Corps

Learn the different ways to become a Marine Corps Officer.

Published on 12/8/2022

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.

Wake Island

December 8, 1941, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 12/8/2022

On December 8, 1941, Japanese forces launched an attack on American sailors and Marines stationed on Wake Island, roughly 3,000 miles west of Honolulu, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. For more than two weeks, Marines from the 1st Defense Battalion and Marine Fighting Squadron 211 fought off Japanese forces, until being forced to surrender on December 23.

Services Near Marine Corps Bases

Looking for a SERVICE or TRAVEL near Marine Corps Bases?

Published on 12/8/2022

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!

Giving Tuesday: Charity Donations

Support With Your Donation

Published on 12/7/2022

Our goal is $10,000 for Giving Tuesday 2022. We need your support to continue to serve Marines and their family members.

After 20 years of service, we've struggled to recover from the shutdown of our outreach programs and Marine Corps boot camp graduations during the COVID pandemic. Our programs are up and running now. Donating to the organization that has supported millions of Marines and their family members is more critical than ever. We want to continue to serve Marines and their family members.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Lindsey, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 12/7/2022

On Friday, December 2, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Lindsey, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Golf Company to become a Marine.

Thank you for everything and all of your support! It was an amazing experience that I was blessed to be a part of and witness. I am so very proud of my Marine. Lindsey, New Marine Mom

Pearl Harbor

December 7, 1941, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 12/7/2022

On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces launched a surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor near Honolulu, Hawaii. The attack began just before 8:00 am local time, and in the two hours it lasted, nearly 20 American ships and more than 300 aircraft were destroyed. 2,000 American troops died in the attack and a further 1,000 were wounded. The following day, the United States declared war on Japan, marking its official entry into Worl War II. For the next three-plus years, American soldiers, sailors, and Marines battled Japanese forces across the Pacific, until Japan surrendered in August of 1945.

Wrap it Up 2022 Run/Walk

December 9-11, 2022

Published on 12/7/2022

It's time to Wrap it Up and finish strong! It's the finish line of the 2022 running season. Tally up your events and medals, do one last event, and share your successes for the year! Participate virtually with other Marine family members around the globe.

YOU choose the fitness activity and distance, whether biking, running, walking, or your favorite exercise equipment! Start slowly and build up your distance each month. For a “virtual run” there is no travel involved; you’ll complete your activity in your own community, your local gym, or even your own backyard.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Structure

Training Battalions, Companies, and Platoons

Published on 12/7/2022

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.

15 Reasons to Shop at the EGA Shop

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

Published on 12/6/2022

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.


December 6, 1928, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 12/6/2022

On December 6, 1928, a small detail of Marines under the command of Captain Maurice G. Holmes defeated Nicaraguan bandits near Chuyelite.

Captain Holmes was awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry, and Gunnery Sergeant Charles Williams was killed during the fighting.

Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

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

Published on 12/6/2022

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.

Search For Your Marine's Unit Information Page

This is how you can learn more about your Marine's Unit

Published on 12/5/2022

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 (Permanent Duty Station). The page includes the unit history and location, USMC contact information, and websites for each unit.

We encourage recruit family members to bookmark this page to use after graduating from boot camp. Your soon-to-be Marine will identify with his first unit for the rest of his life. It's kind of a thing for Marines.

The Website

Navigating Boot Camp for 20 Years

Published on 12/5/2022

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

What Comes After the Corps?

Is Your Marine in EAS Mode? What is that?

Published on 12/5/2022

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

Video Marine Corps

MARSOC Tactical Driving and Shooting Course

Published on 12/4/2022

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.


December 4, 1950, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 12/4/2022

On December 4, 1950, after four days of fighting their way through the Taebek Mountains, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond G. Davis, and the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines arrived in Hagaru-Ri, in present-day North Korea. Their victory over the numerically-superior North Korean and Chinese forces helped clear the way for the 5th and 7th Marines, and Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism.

St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery

Learn the history as it relates to the Marine Corps

Published on 12/4/2022

Today, artillerymen worldwide recognize Barbara as the patron saint of their craft. Once a year, Marine artillerymen gather to honor Saint Barbara and celebrate the day of her feast (December 4), a tradition for all professional artillerymen. Artillerymen are a peculiar breed. Part grunt, part Motor T (transport), part communications, and part deaf, they have a long lineage dating back to the Roman legions in 399 BC.

Video Marine Corps

Marine Corps Force Fitness Program

Published on 12/3/2022

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)

School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

Here is some basic information about Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

Published on 12/3/2022

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.

Páginas de en Español

Pages of in Spanish

Published on 12/3/2022

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.

The Matrix and Recruit Parent Articles

The Perfect Starting Point for Parents of Poolees & Recruits

Published on 12/2/2022

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.

Bulldogs in the Marine Corps

We've added a few photos of Marine Corps mascot bulldogs

Published on 12/2/2022

Photos are worth a thousand words and who doesn't love seeing photos of mascot bulldogs? Ooh Rah!

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Jody, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 12/1/2022

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Jody, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Alpha Company to become a Marine.

Thank you so much to the Marine Parents Travel Assistance program for helping me get to my oldest son's graduation. This is a very important accomplishment in his life and I'm so happy I was able to be there to witness it. I couldn't have done that without your travel assistance program. Again, thank you so much! Jody, New Marine Mom

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Shacole, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/30/2022

On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Shacole, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Alpha Company to become a Marine.

I am so grateful for a chance to see my son's graduation and attend family day. My Marine is the first in my immediate family to join the military. Thank you all for the assistance! Shacole, New Marine Mom


Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?

Published on 11/30/2022

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.

MPTA Helps Marine Aunt, Brandi, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/29/2022

On Friday, November 18, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Brandi, Guardian/Aunt of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Mike Company to become a Marine.

We are so proud of our Marine and his chosen path. I always told him that you don't have to take the same path as others. You take your path. You choose your life. We now see the remarkable path he has chosen as a Marine. He took the words I told him and applied them, and I know that he's going to go far with his career. That makes me proud because any cycle can be broken as long as you're strong enough. Thank you. Brandi, New Marine Aunt

USMC on Mobile Apps

The Official Marine Corps App has landed!

Published on 11/28/2022

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.

OCS/TBS - Graduations

Upcoming graduations for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.

Published on 11/28/2022

Do you have a family member in training to be a Marine Corps officer? We have a growing section of our website dedicated to helping you find the information you need. That includes this page, which includes report/graduation dates for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.

Links and Resources by States

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

Published on 11/28/2022

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.

Travel Plans for Graduation

Marine Corps Recruit Depot: PI & SD

Published on 11/27/2022

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?

Chosin Reservoir

November 27, 1950, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/27/2022

On November 27, 1950, eight Chinese Communist divisions in Korea launched a massive attack intended to destroy the 1st Marine Division. This led to one of the most well-known chapters in Marine Corps history as the Marines successfully fought their way southward out of Chosin Reservoir to the coastal port of Hungnam.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Rebecca, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/27/2022

On Friday, November 18, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Rebecca, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Mike Company to become a Marine.

My son has wanted to be a Marine since he was a little boy. I was so worried that I wouldn't be able to be there to see his dream come true. I am so very grateful to the Marine Parents Organization for helping to make it all possible! I loved the shirt and banner they sent! Rebecca, New Marine Mom

Toys For Tots: 75 Year Anniversary

Marine Reserves Delivering Hope to Less Fortunate Children

Published on 11/26/2022

The 2022 holiday season marks the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program! Please join them in a special Nationwide celebration of this significant milestone.

For over seven decades, the Program has evolved and grown exponentially, delivering hope and the magic of Christmas to over 281 million less fortunate children. Now in its 75th year, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program also provides year-round support to families experiencing challenges and exceptional circumstances, thus helping to fulfill the hopes and dreams of millions of families and children in need across our great Nation.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Cara, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/26/2022

On Friday, November 18, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Cara, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Golf Company to become a Marine.

This was the most amazing experience. I wasn’t sure how his grandpa (Air Force veteran) and I were going to get there. This was too important to miss! Thank you MarineParents Travel Assistance! Cara, New Marine Mom

Marine Corps Challenge Coins

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

Published on 11/26/2022

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.

Spouse Registration After Marriage

Learn the process for a Marine registering their spouse into DEERS.

Published on 11/25/2022

After a Marine is married it's important that they enroll their spouse in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) so that they will be eligible to receive the benefits available to them.

Native American Heritage Day

To Honor and Preserve Their History and Contributions

Published on 11/25/2022

Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. American Indians are accorded special honor on this day, celebrating their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage. Perhaps the best-known military service for Native Americans is the Code Talkers.

Operation Lancaster II

November 25, 1968, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/25/2022

On November 25, 1968, the conclusion of Operation Lancaster II ended 10 months of military action against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops in the west-central region of the demilitarized zone region. Over 1,800 enemy troops were killed, 42 captured, and 913 weapons seized during the operation.

Subic Bay Closes

November 24, 1992, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/24/2022

On November 24, 1992, Marines lowered the flag at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Facility in the Philippines for the last time. The lowering took place during ceremonies to turn over the facility to the government of the Philippines, ending almost a century of U.S. presence in the country.

Happy Thanksgiving from!

We are thankful to be providing services for 20 years!

Published on 11/24/2022

The mission of, Inc., is to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and create opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs. We are truly honored and thankful that we have been able to fulfill this mission since 2003 and it would not have been possible without YOU.

Life in the Corps Website Map

Marine Corps Knowledge, Marine Life, History, and Tradition

Published on 11/24/2022

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

Find a Well of Fortitude to Drink From

An Article Written by the Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia

Published on 11/23/2022

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: Toys for Tots Commercial

You Tube Channel Marines

Published on 11/23/2022

A Marine Corps commercial from 1997, "Toys for Tots -- Guard Duty."

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Amanda, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/23/2022

On Friday, October 28, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Amanda, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Kilo Company to become a Marine.

Without Marine Parents, this wouldn’t have been possible. My son is everything to me and it would have been devastating to not be there for him at one of the most important moments in his life. I have been there every step of the way for the last twenty years. It meant everything to both of us for me to be able to make it to his graduation! There are no words for how grateful I am! Thank you! Amanda, New Marine Mom

The Website

20 Years of Information in Civilian Terms

Published on 11/22/2022

We've been helping Marine Corps family members navigate the Marine Corps for 20 years. We're your trusted source for information in civilian terms. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on a Place to Connect & Share®.

Complete Care During Boot Camp

From Health and Wealth to Religious Ministries

Published on 11/22/2022

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.

Video Marine Corps: We Call Them Doc

You Tube Channel Marines Published on July 1, 2018

Published on 11/22/2022

U.S. Navy Corpsman reflects on the 120th Hospital Corpsman Birthday on June 17, 2018. Corpsmen are a vital part of the Marine Corps team and continue to serve alongside their Marine brothers and sisters in every clime and place. (U.S. Marine Corps video shot by Sgt. Royce Dorman and edited by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)

Thank You for Choosing on Amazon Smile!

Shop Amazon Smile and Choose as your charity.

Published on 11/21/2022

When you're shoppong this holiday season, if you use Amazon, we hope you'll choose Marine Parents as your charity partner! Thank you to everyone who chooses Marine Parents as their Amazon Smile Charity Partner! 2nd Quarter Update from Amazon 10/27/2022: Purchases on AmazonSmile with selected as the charity partner resulted in $1,488.44 between April 1st - June 30th, 2022.

Want to help out? Shop through Amazon Smile and choose as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Beginning the Transformation to Marine

You Tube Channel Marines Published on April 7, 2011

Published on 11/21/2022

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.

Battle to Belong - U.S. Marine Corps Commercial

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

Published on 11/21/2022

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.

Tradition of the Yellow Footprints

Excerpt from an April, 2009 Marine Corps Article

Published on 11/20/2022

4/10/2009 by Lance Corporal Ed G., MCRDPI.

As the air brakes hiss, hearts beat faster, palms sweat, breaths become shorter and a bus of hopeful recruits are unified by the fear of the unknown.

These are the experiences of so many recruits who have passed through Parris Island's main gate.

Marines Secure Tarawa

November 20, 1943, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/20/2022

On November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division, commanded by Major General Julian C. Smith, landed on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands.

After three days of bitter fighting that saw more than 1,000 Marines lose their lives and a further 2,100 wounded, Major General Smith declared the island secure.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks

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

Published on 11/19/2022

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.

Video Marine Corps

Following the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor: The Legacy

Published on 11/19/2022

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.

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Purple Heart Recipient LCpl Sean Carroll's Story

Published on 11/19/2022

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.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Rafaela, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/19/2022

On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Rafaela, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from November Company to become a Marine.

I'm grateful for the Marine Parents travel assistance. I was able to see my Marine graduate not only as my first to go into the military but to see her also being part of the last all-female company to graduate. The emotions were overwhelming in a good way. I am so proud of her and all the other Marines that graduated with her. Without help, I would have missed her biggest milestone and I am grateful for the help. The shirt and banner were a bonus as I wasn't expecting either. I love them so much. Thank you. Rafaela, New Marine Mom

We're on Instagram

@MarineParentsInc and we'd love you to join us!

Published on 11/18/2022

We've got great stuff on Instagram and adding more content daily. Take a minute to follow us and see what's up!

VIDEO: A Day at the MEPS

Video by John Toniolli Published on February 1, 2018

Published on 11/18/2022

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.

MPTA Helps Marine Father, Vang Xeng, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 11/18/2022

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Vang Xeng, Father of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.

Being able to see our Marine accomplish such an amazing thing makes me so proud. He has really grown so much, from being someone who could barely hold a conversation to building such graceful confidence in himself. It makes me so happy to be able to witness such a beautiful transformation. I just want to say thank you so much for making this trip possible! Vang Zeng , New Marine Dad

Honor Veterans Run Photos and Finish Times

Congratulations to our Participants!

Published on 11/18/2022

We had 18 participants register for the 2022 Honor Veterans Run. They've shared their finish times and inspiring stories! Learn why they wanted to honor veterans with our virtual run/walk.

The Commandant's Reading List

What is it and why is it important?

Published on 11/18/2022

Reading Books from the CRL (Commandant's Reading List) can help with promotions. How a Marine demonstrates completion of this annual requirement will be at the discretion of the commander, whether it be through a book report or guided discussion.

Photos of Your Recruit

Where can I see photos of my recruit in training?

Published on 11/17/2022

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.

4th Marine Regiment Begins March to Germany

November 17, 1918, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/17/2022

On November 17, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade, as a part of the 2nd Division American Expeditionary Force, began marching toward the Rhine River to provide support to American forces occupying Germany. On their march toward occupied Germany, the Marines passed through Belgium and Luxembourg.

School of Infantry: Foot Patrol

Because Every Marine is a Rifleman

Published on 11/17/2022

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.

Your Recruit is a Recruit, Not a Marine

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

Published on 11/16/2022

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 Social Networking

Social Media Guidance for Unofficial Posts

Published on 11/16/2022

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.

Combat Marksmanship

SOI: Marines will undergo combat marksmanship training

Published on 11/16/2022

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.

The GI Bill and How it Works

Educational Benefits Earned by Members of the Armed Forces

Published on 11/15/2022

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.

Official Marine Corps Publications

This page includes links to official Marine Corps publications

Published on 11/15/2022

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.

Learning About the Red Cross

How they help family members during an emergency

Published on 11/15/2022

If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment or while your recruit is at boot camp, and feel you need to contact the recruit/Marine, your best course of 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.

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

Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills

Published on 11/14/2022

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

Power of Attorney Before Boot Camp?

An article written by a Marine on staff.

Published on 11/14/2022

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.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps Virtual Experience

Explore the sights and sounds of the museum on your computer

Published on 11/14/2022

The Virtual Experience includes interactive 3-D models of aircrafts and other artifacts, oral history recordings, walking tour narratives, zoomable HD photos of special exhibits and more. General James T. Conway gives an introduction to the Virtual Experience in a video featured on the Virtual Experience website.

Stages of Your Marine's Career

We are here for you at every stage!

Published on 11/13/2022

The mission of is to provide support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops over the course of the life-cycle of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps.

This sentiment is reflected in our Marine Corps Career icon. From the time your future Marine is a poolee, through boot camp, the school of infantry and military occupational schooling, permanent duty stations, and deployments. Then after your Marine's time in the Corps or if he or she is recovering from wounds or injuries sustained while serving, we have information for every step of the journey.

Structure of the Marine Corps

Learn More About the Corps in Civilian Terms

Published on 11/13/2022

The USMC is organized with two parallel chains of command, service and operational. The Service chain begins with the President, through the Secretary of Defense, and continues through the Secretary of the Navy and the Commandant of the Marine Corps. The operational chain runs from the President, through the Secretary of Defense, directly to commanders of combatant commands for missions and forces assigned to their commands.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated

November 13, 1983, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/13/2022

On November 13, 1983, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, containing the names of more than 13,000 Marines who lost their lives in Vietnam, was dedicated during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The dedication, and the parade preceding it, were part of a week-long salute to veterans of the Vietnam War.

Corps Respect: A Family Value

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

Published on 11/13/2022

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.

Sgt Major Bradley Kasal, Legendary Marine

34 Years in the Marine Corps and the Finest Leadership

Published on 11/12/2022

Sergeant Major Bradley Kasal is one of the most legendary Marines in Marine Corps history. While he is most well-known for the iconic photograph of him being helped from a building in Fallujah, Iraq by two of his Marines, he is equally well-known by Marines for his leadership and courage.

TAPS/TAMP - Transition Assistance Programs

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

Published on 11/12/2022

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.

US Dept of Navy and Marine Corps

Learn the structure of the Navy and Marine Corps

Published on 11/12/2022

It's a question often asked by new Marine and Navy parents, what is the relationship between the Navy and the Marine Corps? The Navy provides support to the Marines through Navy Docs, Chaplains, and Transportation by ship, among other things. This page on our website looks at the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps organization.

Marine Corps Acronyms & Abbreviations

Here is a starting point for recruit families to learn the thousands of acronyms for the Marine Corps.

Published on 11/11/2022

This page is a great reference for those who want to learn military acronyms and abbreviations. The military uses many acronyms that troops must learn. There are some that are specific to a branch, including the Marine Corps.

Oath of Enlistment

Learn about the Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment.

Published on 11/11/2022

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.

Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day

Learn the differences between these military holidays!

Published on 11/11/2022

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.


November 11, is Veterans Day, Tell a Vet Thanks!

Published on 11/11/2022

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation.

Armistice Day: World War I Ends

November 11, 1918 in Military History

Published on 11/11/2022

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Though the Treaty of Versailles, signed on June 28, 1919, marked the official end of the war, the public still viewed November 11th as the date that marked the end of the Great War.

Mail and Packages During Boot Camp

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

Published on 11/10/2022

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.

First Celebration of Marine Corps' Birthday

November 10, 1921, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 11/10/2022

November 10, 1921, marks the date of the first formal celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday as November 10. On October 21 of that year, Major Edwin McClellan sent a memo to then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune, proposing that the original date of the founding of the Marine Corps, November 10, be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated by Marines across the globe. Less than two weeks later, on November 1, Commandant Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47 summarizing the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to all Marine commands each year on November 10.

Happy 247th Birthday Marines!

Celebrating the Birth of the United States Marine Corps

Published on 11/10/2022

Since before the United States of America was a country, the Marine Corps has provided patriotic young men and, since 1918, women with the chance to fight for and protect our freedom, instilling them with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment along the way. By refusing to be anything or accept anyone other than the best, the United States Marine Corps has established itself as America's elite fighting force.

The Marine Corps Hymn (Slow Version)

United States Marine Band

Published on 11/10/2022

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!)

Recruit Mom Meets Fundraising Goal

Sarah raises $600 to help the Outreach Programs of MarineParents!

Published on 10/19/2022

Team Marine Parents Participant Sarah Yturbide surpasses her fundraising goal of raising $600. Sarah set her goal at $500, wanting to help the outreach programs of MarineParents.

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