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Young Marines

 The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. 


The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. 


The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts


The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a
healthy, drug-free lifestyle.


The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through completion of high school. 


The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school.


 Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings, in 1958, with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to over 300 units with 10,000 youth and 3,000 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Germany, Japan, and affiliates in a host of other countries.