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posted Jan 23, 2012, 3:34 PM by Thomas Gates   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 7:42 PM ]

After clicking on the title you will receive more information for prospective Young Marines and their parents.  Most of the common questions are answered  Apply now BEFORE the deadline arrives.

East Valley Young Marines

Recruit Training

(We do not use the term "Boot Camp" this unfortunately refers to those places sponsored by certain states for "At-Risk Youth" and we are not that type of program.  We are not here to cure serious or minor discipline problems and we are not a summer time only youth program).


"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek."

— Mario Andretti


There is a mandatory Parent and Young Marine Orientation on Saturday, 4/1/2017 from 1100-1300.  Recruit Training will begin the next Saturday.  This recruit class will be meet most Saturdays from 0800-1200 until graduation in December.  The National Headquarters standards are 26 hours of recruit training, our unit has advanced training standards for our Recruits and our Recruit hours exceed 38 hours.

The Unit Commander has the final say on who is eligible to attend Recruit training.  

Recruit Training consists of:

  1. Young Marine History
  2. Marine Corps History
  3. Marine Corps General Knowledge
  4. Marine Corps & Young Marines Rank Structure
  5. Young Marines & Marine Corps Customs & Courtesies
  6. Drug Demand Reduction
  7. Land Navigation Compass & Azimuths
  8. Land Navigation Map, Compass & GPS (Military Lensatic Compass)
  9. Nutrition & Health
  10. Drill  (marching)
  11. The U.S. Constitution
  12. The Declaration of Independence
  13. The American Flag (Courtesies and care)
  14. Physical Conditioning
  15. Introduction to wilderness survival
  16. US History
  17. USMC 14 Leadership Traits
  18. Anti-Bullying
  19. Leadership training (Guided Discussions)
  20. Self Discipline
  21. Respect and Etiquette

The Registration fee for new Recruits is between $250.00.  This is a one time fee (and depends on the supply and demand for uniforms and other items). A non-refundable deposit of $40 gets the Young Marine Recruit registered with our National HQ and covers initial Recruit fees.  The total cost of Young Marine Recruit Training can be broken up into three separate payments and paid for throughout Recruit Training. This fee is necessary to supply and uniform the new recruits for the Young Marines program. This fee includes the following:

Supplied by the Unit:

  • Woodland Camouflage Blouse (top)
  • Woodland Camouflage Trousers (bottoms)
  • Unit T-Shirt Green (PT)
  • Unit T-Shirt Green (Worn with Camouflage uniform)
  • Black Jungle Boots
  • Name tapes (green for Camouflage utilities)
  • Young Marines ID Card
  • East Valley Young Marines Recruit Training Manual (RTM)
  • Online secure Practice testing, (coming soon)
  • Encampment fees for Recruit Training
  • Two Overnight Encampments meals paid for
  • Woodland Camouflage Cover
  • Web Belt
  • Boot Blousing Bands
  • All Required Young Marines Patches
  • Young Marines Basic Guidebooks
  • National Liability Insurance




Recruit gear list

ALL Recruits need:

  • Gear Bag (duffle bag, back pack, black or green)
  • Notebook paper
  • PT gear (good running shoes, solid black mesh shorts)
  • Pen & pencil
  • Small towel
  • Sunscreen

Things not to bring or to be worn at Recruit Training:

    • Hair Gel (Will not be worn by Male or Females)
    • Makeup
    • Knives
    • Earings
    • Rings
    • Cell phones
    • IPods, ITouch, IPads, MP3's, PSPs

Any medications need to be given to the Unit Adjutant with a signed release.

Asthma Inhalers are to be carried by recruits at all times.


The Annual Registration fee:

Currently the Annual registration fee is approximately $50.00 per year This yearly registration fee is collected every mid-September. Our unit will be conducting fundraiser's all year long to help offset this cost.

The Young Marines are a non-profit youth organization, a 501(c)3. Donations are tax deductible.

 Click Here for Enrollment Form

These forms must be printed out and filled in you will need to hand these forms in at the Parent Orientation meeting.  If you have any questions you can bring them to the attention of the Unit Adjutant at that time. All forms must be completed BEFORE Recruit Training begins.  Failure to provide the proper paperwork on time may deter your prospective Young Marine Recruit from joining at this time. Please do not send a substitute in your place for the Parent Orientation.  A Parent or Legal Guardian MUST BE PRESENT.



East Valley Young Marines Recruit Training FAQ's:

How do I join?

Parents can start by emailing the Unit Executive Officer at and requesting a reservation at our Parent Orientation. All parents or legal guardians must attend the Parent Orientation class before their Young Marine can join this is a mandatory class.

Is there yelling?

Yes, children will discover their “ADULT VOICE” and respond to “ADULT VOICES”.  Initially there is a lot of yelling but then it tapers down as the weeks go by as everyone begins to learn the skill of teamwork.

Can I miss any days in Recruit Training?

Since the Academics in Recruit Training are stringent you are allowed only (2) excused absences from Recruit Training if you miss more than (2) days you may be recycled to the next Recruit Class.

What can I do to prepare for the Recruit Training?

You can begin by getting yourself in good physical shape (Please see a doctor for a good healthy diet change), stay healthy, begin an exercise routine and most importantly, “prepare your mind”.  You can do this.

What should my parents know?

They should ensure all Medical documents are prepared and ready (to include blood type). They should be ready to hear that you hate it but that it will be ok (keep taking you to recruit training). Have Emergency contacts. Mark down on the Calendar when the parent meetings are. If they miss the Parent Orientation they may have to wait until the following year’s Recruit Class .You must remember that once Recruit training is over it is all fun and adventure after that ... but you have to learn first and earn the title of “Young Marine”

Do I have to study?

Oh Yes!! We have a difficult academic schedule and you will learn a lot.  You will learn to listen and take notes in your Recruit Training Manual. You will do just fine. The EVYM Registered Adults and Young Marine Training Staff are there to help you succeed!

Can I get promoted in Recruit Training?

Per the National Regulations the Unit Commander may promote the top 10% of each class to the rank of PFC (Meritoriously).


How can I be a Guide or Squad Leader?

Your attitude and behavior will earn you a look by the Young Marine Training Staff. If selected, you must maintain a high level of bearing, motivation and leadership. If you get fired try and get the job back, don't take it personally, don't quit Recruit Training. You must be organized and have the ability to get up in front of others and take charge, be academically above your squad, maintain a high PFT and be able to follow orders.  Above all, you must want to learn and maintain a "C" average or higher in your local school as well.

Is Recruit Training hard?

Yes, or we might be confused with another youth outdoor program.  Recruit Training will challenge you Physically, Mentally and Academically.

What time do we meet and how long is the training?

Recruit Training is every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 8am to 1:30pm and the Thursday evenings between Saturday Drills from 6pm to 8pm. After Recruit training we meet primarily on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of every month. There will be two overnight encampments during Recruit Training. These two overnight encampments are mandatory classes to graduate recruit training.

Do we get to do a lot of fun things?

Yes, we travel all over and we do many adventurous things. Some of which you will be doing in Recruit Training. We are a very busy unit and you can join in on any Adventure you like.  The Unit Commander asks only that you show up to Drill's, Community Service and Fundraiser's.  If you fail to show up for the work stuff, you may not be eligible for the fun stuff.  


For more information on our recruit training please email the Unit Executive Officer at

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