Young Marines of the Palm Beaches

Recruits (Youths aged 8 to 18--or completion of high school)

After enrolling, our recruits go through a 10- to 13- week training program learning history, citizenship, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, military rank structure, and more. Our recruits improve their leadership skills, fitness, and gain a sense of pride and personal accomplishment that can increase confidence and self-esteem. Recruits will participate in camping, community service, parades, and other activities. Our recruit training sessions typically begin in early September and early Feb and early June; contact us for more details.

Graduation Day is a proud, rewarding, and memorable occasion. This is the day a recruit becomes a "Young Marine" and may wear the uniform with honor. After graduation, Young Marines may learn new skills, earn leadership awards, earn rank, participate in a variety of regimental and national events including, perhaps, trips to Parris Island, SC or the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.

Summer Programs of Adventures, Challenges, Encampments, and Schools (SPACES)
are available to Young Marines. Adventures have a focus on history and are geared our younger youth. Challenges are geared to older Young Marines and include survival skills, wilderness training, and water-based activities. Encampments gather as many as 700 youth for camping experiences. Schools are leadership courses. Over 3,000 Young Marines participate in in SPACES every year.

Regular Meetings

Place: Navy/Marine Reserve Center in central Palm Beach County
Time: Wed. nights, 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. (Special events at other times.)
Want to learn more? Contact us to visit on a Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Youth should wear a white t-shirt and jeans with sneakers and bring a parent.
Ready to join?
Contact us at and or use the form below. 
Then, print out and complete the Enrollment Form (see link above). Bring it with registration fee, $75, a recent physical and immunization records (or a waiver form), and copies of the youth's medical insurance card to our orientation.
A social security number is required to register.
Contact Information

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 The Young Marines program is NOT...  ...for children with major discipline problems.
                                                         ...a promise nor an obligation to serve in the military.
                                                         ...teaching warfare nor tactics.
                                                         ...a program for couch potatoes.

The Young Marines program DOES...  ...share the positive values and experiences of the Marine Corps.
                                                        ...wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on our uniforms.
                                                        ...take pride in our appearance and conduct.
                                                        ...require youth to EARN the right to be called a Young Marine.
                                                        ...give youth opportunities to earn awards and thus build self-esteem.
                                                        ...offer challenges, excitement, and a commitment to excel.

$400 registration fee
pays for uniform and a variety of gear. $75 is due at enrollment; the remaining $325 is due about the 5th week of recruit training before gear is ordered for graduation.