Marine Corps Entry Requirements


Before men and women can have the honor of calling themselves United States Marines, they first must prove their eligibility. Education, testing, medical and physical requirements are used by the Marine Corp to ensure that every Marine Corp member meets standard physical and mental requirements. Those who do not meet the requirement cannot enlist in this branch of the military, hence the USMC's advertising slogan, "The Few. The Proud. The Marines."

Age Requirements

  • To enlist in the Marines, you must be between the ages of 17 and 28, and enlisted members usually serve four years. If you are older than 28 years of age, you may be able to obtain a waiver, depending on the decision of your local recruiter. Waivers are not available if you are under the age of 17, and the absolute maximum age for entrance is 35 years old, after which a waiver cannot be obtained.


  • To enlist, you also must obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent, and you will be required to complete the military entrance exam. However, it must be noted that Defense Department guidelines require that 90% of enlisted Marines be high school graduates, and 60% must score in the highest categories of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Test (ASVAB).

    To become a Marine officer, you must have some coursework towards a Bachelor’s degree completed, or have finished an undergraduate program. If you are still an undergraduate, you will join the Platoon Leaders Class. If you have completed your undergraduate coursework, you must complete the 10-week Officer Candidate Course. To become an officer, you must speak with an Officer Selection Officer, who will choose your program track.

Medical and Physical Testing

  • To gain admission into the Marine Corp, you must undergo physical and medical testing at the Military Entrance Processing Command. Physical examinations consist of urine and blood tests, drug tests, height and weight measurements, hearing and vision examinations and a complete physical exam. Physical requirements are in accordance with the Department of Defense Directive 6130.03. Certain medical and physical conditions can be waived, but you will first have to contact a local recruiter to have your application evaluated on an individual basis.

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