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How old do you have to be to join the U.S. Marine Corps, Someone told me 18 but someone else told me 21?
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How old do you have to be to join the U.S. Marine Corps, Someone told me 18 but someone else told me 21?


You can join at 17 with your parent's signature. 18 is the normal acceptance age.
I joined and served at 17
It was either that or I was going to end up in prison if I continued my ways.

That's what I did.

Actually, early enlistment can happen at 17 with parental permission. 18 otherwise.

C. C
17 years old with parental consent

18.....17 with parental consent.

18 or seventeen with parents permission.

You can actually join at 17 with a parents signature. But, I wouldn't suggest it. In my opionin you should at least be 18.

Make sure you get a lot of info before joining. It is a very big decision that shouldn't be taken lightly. The marines have a very dangerous job.

I thank those who have served though!

It is 17 if you have graduated from high school and have parental consent. Someone mentioned having a GED. If you have a GED you are not eligible but it is waiverable if you have attained 15 College Credit Hours. Having those college credits at 17 is highly unlikely. Before going to Recruit Training you enter what is called the DEP or Delayed Entry Program. This includes going to MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) successfully getting the required ASVAB score, successfully completing the physical examination, and swearing in. From that point you are eligible to go to recruit training as of the point you recieve and official
highschool diploma. Although, at 17 before you may go to MEPS you must have parental consent.

18 and have a high school diploma

If you have your high scool diploma and are only 17 you can have your parents sign a paper and you can join at 17.Without your parents signature you have to be 18.

81st BCT Guy!
Lol... or you be smart and join the Army... Seriously, though, it's 18 w/ a Diploma or GED. Although I have heard it's 17 for Reserves w/ parental approval.

Living In Korea
This accurate type of information is unavailable on Yahoo Answers.

You must visit with, or telephone your hometown military Recruiters for the very latest information. (A visit is best when getting your information.)

Right now, start making a list of all the questions you can think of. When the time comes, take your list of questions with you to the hometown military Recruiter and "pick their brain" to ensure all your questions are answered.

Also ask what types of high school courses you would also need to graduate high school, which would be to your advantage for your potential future job, when enlisting in the military.

By federal law (10 U.S.C., 510), the minimum age for enlistment in the United States Military is 17 (with parental consent) and the maximum age is 42. However, DOD policy allows the individual services to specify the maximum age of enlistment based upon their own unique requirements. The individual services have set the following maximum ages for non-prior service enlistment:

Active Army - 42
Army Reserves - 42
Active Air Force - 27
Air Force Reserve - 34
Active Navy - 34
Naval Reserves - 39
Active Marines - 28
Marine Corps Reserve - 29
Active and Reserve Coast Guard - 27

However, prior service enlistees can receive an "age waiver." In most cases, the amount of age that can be waived depends upon the amount of time the individual previously spent in the military. For example, let's say that an individual has four years of credible military service in the Marine Corps and wants to join the Air Force. The Air Force could waive the individual's maximum enlistment age to age 31 (Maximum age of 27 for the Air Force, plus four years credible service in the Marines). For the Marine Corps, the maximum age of enlistment for prior service is 32, after computing the prior-service age adjustment.

17 Years of age with written permission from
1 or 2 parents or legal guardian and you have to have a High School Diploma in order to enlist into the United States Marine Corps!!!!
Otherwise the age is 18!!

When I was in the Armed Forces, the minimum age was 17, the same age for West Point and the other service academies.

Don B
18 would be correct

it's 18 with a high school diploma or GED.

jim by the bay

Trust me on this; it's 18. You can die for your country before you're allowed to have a beer; go figure...

it's definately 18 unless you are emancipated then i believe you can sign up after 16 yrs old. all military branches are 18, that's why they have the ASVAB test in your sophomore year.

saerakinz. <3
lol AniMeyhem!

Its 18 after highschool.

You have to be STUPID to join the USMC

age...for stupidity is 18 and up

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