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Marine Corps Enlistment Requirements

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.

A single person cannot have any dependents. A married person cannot have any more than two dependents. A spouse will not count as dependent if they have their own income.

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 29 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.

Your vision must be at least 20/400 or 20/200 corrected to 20/20 with contact lenses or eyeglasses. You will be tested for depth perception and color blindness as well, normally during your enlistment physical.

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.

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