Marine Corps Enlistment Requirements

* Updated January 2016

When a person is figuring out whether or not to enlist in the Marine Corps, several questions go through their minds such as wondering what all the requirements of joining are, along with the question of, am I fit enough? What are the physical requirements to join?. Here are some of the most important requirements of becoming a U.S. Marine.

You must be a United States Citizen or a permanent resident alien. If you were not born in the United States you will be required to prove your status.

Applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 28 to enlist. Individuals under the age of 18 will require parental consent to enlist.

You must pass a criminal background check and have no felony convictions. Depending on your desired MOS, or job title, there may be stricter regulations.

If you have any diseases or conditions that are life threatening or contagious they are probably going to disqualify you from service. However, not all conditions are disqualifying.

You must be in good physical condition. You will be physically trained at basic training but you will have to pass a physical prior to enlistment.

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You must possess a high school diploma. There may be a few Marine Corps positions available to those with a GED but the Marines are generally only accepting high school graduates, or those about to graduate.

You must score a 32 minimum on the ASVAB, or Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. Some jobs in the Marine Corp may require a higher score.

If you don’t initially meet every requirement, this doesn’t necessarily mean you are disqualified. If you have questions about your eligibility, contact a recruiter to determine if your circumstances warrant a special waiver.

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