If you are looking to enlist in the Marine Corps, then you may qualify for enlisted advance rank. If you are in a certain number of categories, it may be possible for you to leave basic training with advanced rank, you can graduate at E-2 as a Private First Class, or even E-3 Lance Corporal. You can qualify for these advance rank levels because of certain qualifying factors that you must meet before you enlist in the Marine Corps. The specific level of advanced rank will depend on your amount of qualifying factors and your specific situation.
Some of the categories that may qualify you for advanced rank include:
Prior Service: If you served and were discharged honorably in a previous military commitment with at least six months of active duty service, not including your military service school or initial training then you may qualify. Prior service in the enlisted specialty that you are aiming for in the Marine Corps is especially valued, as this will mean less training is necessary to make you into a current Marine Corps Asset. ROTC: If you have served as a junior ROTC candidate with at least 2 years completed, or as a regular ROTC candidate with two or more years of experience you may qualify. Both Junior ROTC and ROTC credit takes for granted that you will have graduated successfully from high school before your ROTC experience and Marine Corps enlistment.
Scouting: If you have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, in either the Boy Scouts or as a Girl Scout in the United States, you may qualify for advanced rank placement in the Marine Corps. This is because of the training and discipline necessary to achieve Eagle Scout, that such experience is judged valuable to the Marine Corps. College Coursework: If you have worked to complete 12 semester hours, or 18 quarter hours of college level coursework with a C average or better you may be qualified for advanced rank You can in some cases also qualify for advanced rank after boot camp if you successfully refer two candidates for enlistment. The Marine Corps has been proud to meet its recruitment goals over the years, and values quality candidates so if they successfully enlist two people that you refer they give you the ability for advanced rank placement when you graduate from boot camp.