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 MarineParents.com "in the news."


Marines Assault Saipan

June 15, 1944 in Marine Corps history.

Published on 6/15/2024

On June 15, 1944, the V Amphibious Corps assaulted the west coast of the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The assault was preceded by hours of naval gunfire and airstrikes and by nightfall the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions had established a beachhead 10,000 yards wide and 1,500 yards deep despite heavy Japanese resistance.


June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

To encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD

Published on 6/10/2024

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month, a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans.


Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay

June 10, 1898 in Marine Corps history.

Published on 6/10/2024

On June 10,1898, the First Marine Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Huntington, landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The next day, Lieutenant Herbert Draper raised the American flag over Camp McCalla where it flew for the next eleven days. Huntington later sent the flag to Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood informing him (Heywood) that, "[w]hen bullets were flying, ...the sight of the flag upon the midnight sky has thrilled our hearts."


OCS/TBS - Graduations

Upcoming graduations for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.

Published on 6/10/2024

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.


24th MEU Rescues Air Force Pilot

June 8, 1995 in Marine Corps history.

Published on 6/8/2024

On June 8, 1995, a Marine recovery team from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed on board the USS Kearsarge rescued American pilot Captain Scott O'Grady, USAF, who had been shot down over Bosnia six days earlier.


German Troops Attack American Forces in France

June 2, 1918 in Marine Corps history.

Published on 6/2/2024

On June 2, 1918, the German 28th Division attacked American troops on the Paris-Metz Road, hitting the American 2nd Division, including the 4th Marine Brigade. The Marines opened fire with deadly accuracy, helping hand German troops a setback that set the stage for Marine victory at Belleau Wood which would soon follow.


Dale Larson, in Memory

Our long-time Volunteer passed away June 1, 2020.

Published on 6/1/2024

It is with great sadness that we share with you, Dale Larson passed away on Monday, June 1, 2020. Dale was the Manager of our outreach program, Warrior Support Team, at Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.


Memorial Day: Reflection, Remembrance, and Honor

Monday, May 27, 2024 is Memorial Day

Published on 5/27/2024

Monday, May 27, 2024, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members who died in service of this country. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.

Please ask those you are gathered with today to pause for a moment of silence to honor and remember the sacrifices so many have made for our freedom. We can never forget those who gave their lives; the past, present, and future generations of America's warriors.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, we make up for what we lack in size with consistency. For more than 20 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform and their family members.

Whether it's been sending family members to boot camp graduations, providing financial assistance to military families, helping troops and their family members through difficult times in other ways, and providing a place to connect and share, we're here.

None of what we do would be possible without our freedom. Our freedom would not be possible without the ultimate sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. Today is the day to remember and honor those who gave all.


MPTA Helps Marine Father, Steven, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 5/24/2024

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

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


Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day

Learn the differences between these military holidays!

Published on 5/24/2024

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.


How to Become an Officer in the Marine Corps

Learn the different ways to become a Marine Corps Officer.

Published on 5/24/2024

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.


V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut

May 23, 1988, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 5/23/2024

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


Marine Aviation Program Begins

May 22, 1912 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/22/2024

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


Marines Attack Half Moon Hill

May 16, 1945 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/16/2024

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


John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor

May 15, 1862 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/15/2024

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


Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa

May 10, 1945 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/10/2024

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


Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims

May 8, 1995 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/8/2024

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


Marine Corps Pay and Allowances

Information regarding your Marine's pay

Published on 5/8/2024

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


Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon

May 5, 1983 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/5/2024

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


Congratulations to Georgann Perry, our newest Volunteer!

Georgann completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 5/3/2024

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


Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

May 2, 1946 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/2/2024

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


May is Military Appreciation Month!

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

Published on 5/1/2024

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


THANK YOU to our Volunteers

Please Take a Moment to Share Your Appreciation

Published on 4/26/2024

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

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

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


Merritt Red Mike Edson Born

April 25, 1897 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/25/2024

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

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


Marine Corps Challenge Coins

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

Published on 4/23/2024

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

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


Congratulations to Patricia Scheffel, our newest Volunteer!

Patricia completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 4/23/2024

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


Your Recruit is a Recruit, Not a Marine

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

Published on 4/23/2024

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.


Battle to Belong - U.S. Marine Corps Commercial

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

Published on 4/22/2024

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.


USMC on Mobile Apps

The Official Marine Corps App has landed!

Published on 4/22/2024

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.


Recruit Training

Prac App Test & Written Testing

Published on 4/22/2024

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


Deployment: Embassies

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

Published on 4/21/2024

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


Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War

April 21, 1951 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/21/2024

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


Mail and Packages During Boot Camp

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

Published on 4/21/2024

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.


Medical Care and Emergencies

Injury, Illness, or Incident of Your Marine or Recruit

Published on 4/20/2024

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


Video Marine Corps

Following the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor: The Legacy

Published on 4/20/2024

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.


Corps Respect: A Family Value

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

Published on 4/20/2024

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.


Structure of a Marine Corps Regiment

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

Published on 4/19/2024

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


Red Friday: Our Historical Participation

Written by Tracy Della Vecchia, Our Founder

Published on 4/19/2024

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


Complete Care During Boot Camp

From Health and Wealth to Religious Ministries

Published on 4/19/2024

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.


OPSEC: Operations Security

An Overview for Parents and Family Members of Marines

Published on 4/18/2024

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


Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon

April 18, 1983 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/18/2024

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


Power of Attorney Before Boot Camp?

An article written by a Marine on staff.

Published on 4/18/2024

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.


What's After Boot™ FAQ

Got questions? We've got answers!

Published on 4/17/2024

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


Joe Foss, Future Medal of Honor Recipient, is Born

April 17, 1915 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/17/2024

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

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


Oath of Enlistment

Learn about the Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment.

Published on 4/17/2024

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.


CACO Terminology

Casualty Terminology During Deployment

Published on 4/16/2024

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

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


Marine Corps Physical Fitness

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

Published on 4/16/2024

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


Addressing Letters to Recruits

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

Published on 4/16/2024

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

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


Individual Ready Reserve Information

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

Published on 4/15/2024

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


Marine Parents Tribute to R. Lee Ermey

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

Published on 4/15/2024

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

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

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


Graduation Photos, Videos, & Yearbooks

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

Published on 4/15/2024

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


School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

Basic info about SOI East + Grad Date Schedule

Published on 4/14/2024

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.


Sole Surviving Son

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

Published on 4/14/2024

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


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

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Command Museum

Published on 4/14/2024

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


History of the Marine Corps from Marine Parents

A Learning Opportunity for Proud Marine Parents

Published on 4/13/2024

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


The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

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

Published on 4/13/2024

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

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


Official Links to SOI Websites and Resources

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

Published on 4/12/2024

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


4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

April 12-13, 1918 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/12/2024

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


Funding to Travel to Boot Camp Graduation

Learn how to Help Others or Ask for Help

Published on 4/12/2024

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

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


Types of Deployment

Learn the different types of deployments for Marines.

Published on 4/11/2024

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


Grupos Oficiales de Marine Parents en Español

Official Marine Parents Facebook Groups in Spanish

Published on 4/11/2024

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

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


Licencia de 10 Días

Después de la Graduación de Boot Camp

Published on 4/11/2024

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


Marine Reserves and Education Benefits

Factors that Dictate Eligibility

Published on 4/10/2024

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


Lieutenant Colonel John H. Glenn Selected for Space Training

April 10, 1959 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 4/10/2024

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


Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

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

Published on 4/10/2024

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!


Deployment, OPSEC & PERSEC

A Message from the Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia

Published on 4/9/2024

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


IRR Obligations and Requirements

Learn about the requirements for the Individual Ready Reserve.

Published on 4/9/2024

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

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


Graduation & Travel

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

Published on 4/9/2024

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

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


WAB: What Comes After Boot Camp?

Published on 4/8/2024

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

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


Links to Official Marine Corps Websites

Find links to Marine Corps websites and resources.

Published on 4/8/2024

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

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


Confirming Information During Boot Camp

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

Published on 4/8/2024

MarineParents.com 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.


Marine Parents Learning Center

Come learn about the Marine Corps with us!

Published on 4/7/2024

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


SOI: School of Infantry

It's What's After Boot Camp

Published on 4/7/2024

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


10-Day Leave After Boot Camp Graduation

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

Published on 4/7/2024

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


First Phone Call at Boot Camp

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

Published on 4/6/2024

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

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


Marine Corps Video

An Inside Look at Mascot Cpl Chesty XII

Published on 4/6/2024

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


Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

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

Published on 4/6/2024

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

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


1st Marine Division Clashes with Communist Chinese Forces

April 5, 1947 in Marine Corps History.

Published on 4/5/2024

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


April 5th is Gold Star Spouses Day

Designated in 2017 by the US Senate

Published on 4/5/2024

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


Recruiter Assistance After Boot Camp Graduation

PRASP: Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program

Published on 4/5/2024

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


Video Marine Corps

Marine Corps Force Fitness Program

Published on 4/4/2024

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)


Memories: Family Day at Boot Camp

How many photos did you take or will you take?

Published on 4/4/2024

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

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


Official Marine Parents Memes

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

Published on 4/4/2024

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.


TAPS/TAMP - Transition Assistance Programs

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

Published on 4/3/2024

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.


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