Do You Have What It Takes To Be In The Marine Corps Infantry?

The infantry of the U.S. Marine Corps is known across the world scene for its bravery and courage, and courage under fire. Much of the Marine Corps reputation is built on the fact that the Marine Infantry is better than any other force in the world at close combat, and at Combat Arms, Marine style. The MOS field of Combat Arms covers a large area. These areas include; Armor, Artillery specialties, and Infantry. The Marines that choose to pursue this MOS field are considered to be experts in weapons, survival, martial arts, and various battlefield tactics. As a member of Marine Combat Arms, you will join an elite company of soldiers that include: Infantry: Machine gunner, mortar man, Infantry Rifleman, Anti Tank Missile operator.

Artillery: Field Artillery Fire Control, Radar operator, Field Artillery cannon operator. Armor: Amphibious Assault Vehicle Crewman, and Tank Crewman.

Marines in the Close Combat area can also receive training as snappers. Snappers are the soldiers who are responsible for clearing the pathway into a combat area. They use skill, training, cunning, and soldier ability to defeat the enemy and penetrate the enemy defenses. A Sapper course gives Marines a chance to learn new techniques; close arms combat skills, and how to deal with things such as high explosives and field maneuvering. The term itself, snappers dates back to 1501. snapper training is to give Marines an understanding of mobile foot breaching, handling demolitions, and how to deal with IED explosives, said Marine Staff Sgt. Shaun Anderson. A Marine Sapper school graduate has had their abilities elevated, and their power and their mind enabled. Sapper school teaches both advanced and basic Combat engineering techniques. The Sapper course is a six-week long training program taught at Camp Pendleton, California.

You do not have to be a combat engineer to take Sapper Training. Pretty much any Marine in the Combat Arms MOS is able to sign up for Sapper Training.Said Sgt Anderson. “We have had artillery Marines, and various infantry Marines, we even have had Combat Cooks come to Sapper training, said Anderson. Sapper Coursework is comprised of five different elements that push Marines to their limits and tests their abilities.

First Phase. Land navigation and Communication. Second Phase. Patrolling Techniques. Third Phase. Reconnaissance. Fourth Phase. Land mines and mine warfare. Fifth Phase. Explosives and demolition.

After completing all of the different phases, Marines have an exercise to test their skills. The five-day exercise tests the Marines to their limits.




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military dot image Maria Kaniewski    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

actually i have a ? For anyone that wants to answer. I am 14 the second i get out of highschool i want to go to the marines. I want to go into combat and be a sapper. What courses should i read up on and eventually take?

military dot image Daniel Erman    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i’m now 16 attending Job Corps i feel i’m ready for a big stepp in my life in joinning the marines

military dot image Dion Holland    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am Ssgt i have served two tours in iraq and 1 in afganastan as infantry now im a recon scout sniper infantry is the way to go theres no better feeling then killing a terrorist ohrahh

military dot image james miller    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im 16 and i have 2 more years in highschool and i want to go to the military now! i wanna go to the marines but my family dont want me to..what do i do?

military dot image Rob Redmond    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well you cant leave unless you graduate so make sure you graduate first or else you will have to wait even longer if you dont. You need a diploma. But i had to wait a while as well and i am finally leaving this june for basic. So trust me your time will fly and you will soon be apart of the best branch of the military. Just make sure you graduate!!!
Semper Fi

military dot image Dustin Carter    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What are all the requirements on becoming a scout sniper /?

military dot image jj    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im 18 n im a marine. 0311 infantry best job in the corps..

military dot image swedeviking    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

dont worry bout what your parents say its your life live it the way you want too!

military dot image ZUBER    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0


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military dot image Sam Frye    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey I am thinkin about joining the marines but i wanna make sure that i get to fight in the infantry i dont wanna sit at a desk will i get to choose my field or how does that work

military dot image HELLCAT    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im in the corps ive done 2 tours only thing i hate is i would make a kick ass grunt but i cant be one because i am a female but Semper Fi to all the Devil Dogs

military dot image pat    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im 17 and join the marines in less than a month i cant wait and im going to be a rifleman. i cant wait to join. what are some tips for me before i leave next august (im still a junior in highschool just joining early)

military dot image Donall Fitzgibbon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m 16 years old and a irish citzin i’m focused on joining the US military, I refuse to fight for the English since they stole and country and the Irish army because they dont do any real fighting except peacekeeping. Would i have to become a US citizen before i can join?

military dot image Martin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I plan to join the marines for 42 years in the infantry I want to be in the field .

military dot image anthony    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

is it hard to get into a 0311 spot and are the infantry jobs overflooded with people?

military dot image Ryan Pettis    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Dion Holland you are my hero, im leaving for boot in 2 weeks and i have a guaranteed recon tryout, my goal is to go sniper, but in the marines nothing is guaranteed! Thank you for serving and i hope to get as much respect as you when i go to serve!

Semper Fi

military dot image Dylan Turnbow    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

To Daniel Erman, sorry to say but if you are finishing high school at job corps through SIATech, the marines will not accept your diploma due to the fact that you did not get it from a traditional high school. I too went to Job Corps and obtained my diploma from the high school there and was turned down by the marines. That is why I am now enrolled in general ed in college. this way I can get 15 college credits so that the marines will accept me

military dot image Sandman    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I think if you really want to join the Marine Corps family you should find a local recruiter. Set up an appointment and go over the outcomes and posibilities. I wanted to join the the military since i was a kid. Now i finally got that chance to serve as a marine with the few the proud. I chose infantry as my job but there are more to choose from that best suits you. If you want to make a difference and serve you country then go for it. People go through life wondering if they made a difference but marines don’t have that problem. I feel like i made a difference and im proud of it.

military dot image Tmills    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am almost 14 years old, cant wait to be a Marine Scout Sniper. Whens the earliest i can join?

military dot image jwid    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

you can join at the age of 17 with the consent of your parents.,or wait until your 18 and sign up your self

military dot image Michelle Sudul    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m 16 years old. My goal is to be in the marines. The only problem is, since i’m a female i don’t know all the jobs i’m allowed to participate in. The main thing for me is that I don’t want to be behind the scenes or sit at a desk. I want to be part it everything and help where my talents will be put to good use. sitting around is not a talent or an interest of mine.
Also thank you and god bless to everyone who has severed and is serving now.
Semper Fi

military dot image ???    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

well, im a 17yearold female about to be 18 in a month. im dating this guy, he was in the marines infantry, he says he loved the marines and hes glad he got to live the experience of being one of the few and the proud… i just wanna say thank you to all who risked it and are or were fighting for us!!! :) me and my boyfriend keep you guys in our prayers every day and night!

military dot image Gabriel    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 15 and still have 2 years of school left. i wanna join infantry as soon as i graduate what will i have to do to complete my goal??????

military dot image taylor    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

some people are made for it though. For all you under 16ers, you need to realize what you are getting into. I totally support our military but to many times ive seen gungho teenagers enlist and they hate it after 6 months. Ask real combat veterans about there experience and what they think about it. dont just ask about the combat tho, ask about living conditions,food, offtime, etc. then make a decision

military dot image mark    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Semper Fi… cannot believe some of the comments i have read. dont glorify the situation. every phase of training is a test of will and strength. mental fortitude. if you want to find out how hard you can be, how strong, how tough, or if you even have a breaking point, go corps. when you find out out that boot is no joke, will you keep on with your dream of being a marine. ask yourself a couple questions. did mommy and daddy make you cry by raising their voices to you? have you ever given up because something was to difficult?
Dion Holland, what has gotten into that **** bucket you call a head? how are you going to try and tell someone how great a feeling it is to pop a terrorist? have you ever walked into combat? its not a tv show maggot. these are real people trying to form an educated decision and dont need a wannabe rambo panzy talking out his blowho. the cold hard truth is that people die in combat. the enemy and our brothers in arms. ask any of the 10000 soldiers killed since 9-11. hard to do.
please stop throwing the words semper fi around like you earned the right to do so. its latin, Semper Fidelis, it means always faithful. it is reserved for marines. not those who wish they were, who want to be, or just pretend to be in order to sound important to some teenage kids.
dont like my attitude, THEN YOU DONT NEED TO BE IN MY CORPS!

military dot image kassy stevenson    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi my name is kassy im 15 fixin to be 16 ive always wanted to be a marine but im a girl and i wanna go into infantry but idk if women are allowed and ughh!my family is telling me im not strong enough to make the cut but thats total bull crap i am mentally and physically and i know i can survive the cut but if something happens and i cant i wont give up ima keep trying i dontcare what anyone says they dont know my breaking points so the cant tell me anything geezz anyone got any advice for me cause i dont know which path to take should i listen to my family and friends or listen to me ?

military dot image Walter R    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

All of you that want to join the marines, must have a diploma High school finished.. Doesnt matter were you get your High school diploma in any way you will be enlisted ;) dont worrie about little things.. Infatry is one of the high respect job.. We all want to get that job, Just a few choose this job as their MOS, but there’s one thing you must do before getting this job…Boot camp ;) You will enjoy your first friday in the MCRD :D good luck!

military dot image Isaac    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Today I had the oportunity to go down to sign up. I have always apprecited how professional the Marines have been towards me (one reason why I didn’t go with the other branches), I have waited for this moment for 3 years now making me 21 do to other commitments. I appreciate all those that have served and that will help me become a United States Marine so that I too can serve. I am doing infantry as a rifleman in the reserves… not for money or college benefits but so I can spend some time with my family. I know my *** will be chewed and moments I may hate it but if that’s what it takes i’m going to give it my best. It looks like by november or December I should be off to bootcamp.

military dot image GRUNT    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im a 25 year old marine that just left active duty after my 4 years were up. Im an 0311 and served 2 combat deployments in iraq. It sounds cool right? BUT…..once your there i promise there will be times when you completely hate life due to almost everything. Between constant work and the crap your chain of command puts you through, and the living conditions, combat is only a fraction of the things that will make you want to punch out your recruiter. But if you dont give up and keep going, you will have the rest of your life to look back on those times and think “man i did it… was the most horrible experience yet the most rewarding”. You may decide to ignore this and think “well that guy is just weak”, but if you do that and join and actually become an infantry marine, im sure you will remember what im typing right now.

military dot image Shawn    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Mark. Well put my fellow Marine. It really is sickening to see these people and watch them as they try to tell us what it’s like to “pop a terrorist”. It’s not fun. That kind of stuff sticks with you for a while. I’m sorry but, females, you can do pretty much anything but infantry. Except MARSOC or Recon. Personally, I’m Motor T. Without 3500’s, 03’s do nothing but complain all day because they have to walk everywhere. The training leading up to the Fleet, is hard. Don’t get me wrong, the Marine Corps is a grown up gun-club. If you think you won’t get hit/pushed around, or cussed at, you are sadly mistaken. I love my Marine Corps. But I can’t stand it at the same time. 6th Marines Rah.

military dot image Kyle    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

First off, I agree with Marc, just because you are all motivated and “want” to be a Marine does not give you the right to say things like “Semper Fi” or “OOHRAH” so please stop, those phrases are something you earn once you actually become a Marine. To all who want to be a scout sniper, recon, or MARSOC marine…………get over your shortcomings because you will not make it……….the selection process is a pain, if you can’t run or swim than don’t bother, Snipers have a very limited number of openings and even the guys that do make it to snipers platoon rarely pass snipers school, therefore they were never a “scout sniper” just a marine in Sniper Platoon that get treated like boots their whole enlistment by the actual Scout snipers. and lastly, MARSOC currently is only accepting marines that are E5 and above, A rank many of you will not see in your first enlistment, and if you do you still have to be screened and selected.
Females, you are not allowed in the infantry, enough said. If your family says you are too weak to be a marine……….they are probably right. I have helped to separate quite a few Marines that thought they were hard core, until they completed a deployment and all the sudden they had “Mental” problems.
In closing, To all of you who disagree with me and actually make it through basic training AND MCT/SOI……………..Sometime, during your enlistment, you will come across a Marine like me, one who will either make you regret the very breath you breathe and expose you to who you really are, or he will motivate you to emulate him and be the best Marine you can be. The biggest challenge in the Corps besides the Mental stress is perseverance…………Do what you do to the best of your abilities and see everything you do through to the end, never stop short and never question whether you made the right decision, questioning yourself gets people killed. One last thing, If you or someone you know GOT KICKED OUT of the Corps for anything but a medical reason, you are not a Marine in my books, you just slipped through the cracks only to be weeded out in the fleet. Semper Fidelis………….SGT USMC 0311

military dot image Brandon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

what is best to go in to

military dot image poolelatham    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am a dep and leave may 21, im in between jobs right now but that doesnt matter..if your trying to enlist try not to get into any trouble. i have one misdemeanor ive wrote 10 waivers in all caps for district and was close to not even getting excepted. ive been waiting for a year and had to go through a tough time with the waiting game but it was all worth it. all im saying is if you have any chargers (minor to) you will have to explain them all in detail a 100 times to an investigator.meps, and your recruiter and its a grueling proccess.

military dot image Ralph    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Well Brandon ill see ya at Boot camp… i also ship may 21. This is so true. i had many waivers myself they are a pain in the butt. clean slate now. its true they do pretty much waiver everything these days. Unfortunately i wasn’t able to get my mos of choice. which was (infantry, or infantry 5 year contract ) in stead i got com. not bad at all though i hear its a great job. My questions are to any marines on here that have any knowledge on the chances of me getting infantry? Im not all about the 0311. I personally would like to be a 0351. any advise would be much appreciated

military dot image Tyler    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey I’m an 18 year old male who tried to join the Corps recently with a cyber school diploma. I was turned down but found out President Obama passed a bill on Dec. 31st stating that all cyber school diplomas will be seen equal in the eyes of the military to tradition diplomas. The recruiter still denied me but he was a new recruiter. What can I do to ensure I get my chance to join the few and the proud? Being a Marine is all I ever wanted to do and nows my chance. Help me in my current situation?

military dot image Zisan Hernandez    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a female and I really want to be in the marine corps but my dream is to be in the infantry but females are not allowed in the infantry (yet…apparently they’re gonna do some tests about it to see if womens are worthy to be in infantry) so if i dont get to the infantry, what other jobs i can do? why arent they allowed in combat anyway? not all woman are like *weak* :D

military dot image Timo    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was Motor -T/infantry and like shawn said above it is hard each course and school you go to is designed to challenge you, don’t wait to apply what you learn like i did, everything that is taught to you in the corps can be applied to civilian life and just like anything else in life it is what you make it semper fi cpl-T.

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military dot image Gary    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 18 years old and graduateing from high school in January 2012. I have wanted to be a marine since I was 11 years old. Every body is telling me that I am not strong enough to join the marines and I will not make it or I will get killed. I know in my heart that I can do this and nobody will stop me or talk me out of it ever. I may not be strong enough but I am going to give 150% untill I am strong enough. When I get in the marines I will still give 150% and I know there is a possibilty that I could get killed or permantly injured But in my heart I know it is worth no matter what the outcome is.”freedom comes at a high cost” I want to help pay this bill. I am writeing this because I desperatly need some incouragement instead of people telling me I cant I need somebody to tell me I know you can,like I know I can

military dot image Wilson    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

When I am done with high school marines is the first place I am going. Always wanted to be a Semper fi man. By the way Sapper is army kid

military dot image Ethan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey guys I’ve been looking for opioion about what mos to pick. I’ve already signed up for infantry but my family wish I did something safer like artillery. Could I have some of your options on what to do.

military dot image Future US Marine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im 15 and already am ready to be 17/18 NOW. I have researched a lot and am still working on all the information that needs to be memorized, i got the Marines Hymm, Enlisted/ Officer ranks, and characteristics of the M16A4. Also, my buddy says i should memorize the M4 too. I want to go into infantry as either a Rifleman, Machine Gunner, or LAV Crewman. And i also wouldnt mind being an AAV crewman or Tank crewman as well. It seems like i have a backup plan for everything. Just like if i can make it in the Marines (which would be extremely unfortunate), i would go into the Navy as either a Boatswain’s Mate, Quartermaster, or Gunner’s Mate. I could even pass the Initial Strength Test right now if i wanted to.
Good luck to all in our great country’s military.
Regards, ‘MERICA-MAN

military dot image Future US Marine    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

*Cant make it in the Marines*

military dot image Stephen hughes    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

How does an irish citizen aged 27 years with a degree in sports science get to join the military

military dot image Haley jean    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I love the army and I really want to go and fight I love it so much !!!!! And when I turn 17 im gone .Cant wait till I can kick some A** LOVE ARMY

military dot image courtneymae    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hey i`m wanting to go to the air force after high school after high school what should I do

military dot image courtneymae    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

2 more years until I go to the air force ill see you guys there

military dot image courtneymae    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

but first im going to colledge to get my batchlers degree.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Cortney… great & awesome plan! Earn more money and jobs/career after the military offer more opportunities and more money!

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

See earlier email. If possible, always pursue an ‘education’. The military vastly rewards same. My best, Larry

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi Haley, go for it! My son in now in the Army and loves it. Better hustle and have good qualifications as the current administration is proposing dramatic cuts to the Army manpower. To make matters worst, there are rumors in the Pentagon that the President wants to cut the Army’s man power AGAIN in the years to come (from now proposed 450,000 Army troops to 380,000). All to say, research what the Army is hiring and jobs that the Army is hiring in the present AND FUTURE. Be brave but smart! Good [email protected]! Larry

military dot image Daren Greer    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

For all of you that plan to graduate then go join the Corps, that is not the way to go. To join the Marines you must be in the dep for at least 3 weeks correct me if I’m wrongoing but the marines have a limited number of positions available in each mos so it is best to join after your junior year as the next fiscal year is beginning allowing more positions go to meps and get your ship date and mos and have a year of pt and poolee functions to get better do not sign an open contract unless you’re fu*king retarded. Also your recruiter might not do a lot of pt so you will need to take the extra step and work out on your own. Good luck

military dot image Clay Cameron    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m 15 bout to be 16 in less than 4 months and I’m in 10th grade but I’m soon joining cyber. I’m wandering if the us marines take cyber grads

military dot image Downs    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I was wondering if there’s a way i can train to be perfectly ready to try to be a recon/scout?

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Just google “what it takes to become a marine recon’ or just ‘marine recon’… smart of you to do the research now PRIOR to volunteering!

military dot image Kelli    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

This is to all of you girls (yes, I said “girls”) who want to serve in infantry and are complaining about women not being allowed in combat. I served in the Air Force and I’m going to tell you WHY WOMEN SHOULDN’T be allowed in combat. You’re probably surprised that I don’t believe women should be allowed in combat, but you know what? I’m a lot older and wiser than you are (Honorable Discharge, 1996) and here’s the thing: Women aren’t made for combat, that’s just a fact. When you’re in combat, you have to rely on each other for everything. You have to have each other’s backs and if you don’t, you’re going to die. Most men I served with weighed anywhere between 175-225 pounds or more. I weigh 135. Let me give you just one example, but please know I could give you many more examples to prove my point. If I’m in combat and my partner is a guy who weighs 225 and he happens to get shot or otherwise injured, I KNOW I’m not going to be able to carry his 225 pound body to safety so he can get help, no matter how strong I am (or think I am). Let’s be realistic, even if I could lift 225 pounds, I couldn’t carry a limp body that weighs that much, plus my pack and my rifle, AND provide cover for both of us at the same time. My partner knows that too. In addition to that, there are many things that you don’t know about yet (because you aren’t in the military) that women are just not capable of doing in combat, both physically and mentally. It’s not fair to make your partner pick up the slack or wonder whether or not you’ve got his back if/when something goes down. Now, I know you’re all going to come back and say you can do all that, but you and I both know better. You just don’t or won’t admit it. I was once young and stupid like you (no offense, because it’s true. You have a lot of growing up to do.) and it took me a long time to realize that I don’t belong in combat, but once I did, I knew it was the truth and I accepted it. So, like it or not, want it or not, I don’t believe women should EVER be allowed in combat. I refuse to risk the lives of those I serve with because of my own stupid pride, and so should you!!

military dot image Jonathon Brown    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My name is Jonathon Brown, I’m 17 years old and I planned on going to the Marines Corps, because I want to serve my country and change my life. I wanted to start something with my life that I can be proud of. So I sign up and pray that I do good through out my life, and good luck to ya’ll bro’s.

military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Love your attitude Jonathon. People like you is exactly what made America great! So proud! Making today and everyday count! You rock!! Larry

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