U.S. Marines – United States Marine Corps

What are the legal requirements to joining the Marines?

I am not a citizen of the United States, but I would still like to be in the Marines. Is this possible?
You can join the Marines when you reach 17 years of age, and also upon entering your senior year in high school, as long as you have your parents’ consent.
In most cases you must be a United States citizen or resident alien to join the Marines. Upon establishing permanent legal residence in the U.S., you should address specific questions regarding your enlistment to your local Marine Corps recruiter.

1 Comment for this entry

  • Christopher Lembke


    I’m from Sweden, 17 y.old. and I’ve always wanted to become a marine. This because I want to protect the democracy and I want to become one of the best in the best army on this earth. I’ve heard and understood that Marines take care of each other and their motto is to never leave anyone behind. My question is, how am I supposed to do, how can i become a Marine?


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