Okay, so now you know a little about us, so
you're wondering how does my child join?

It's really quite simple, but cautiously slow going. We want children for the long haul, not one who thinks this would be cool, comes to drill once in a while, learns nothing, gains nothing, and is finally discharged for lack of attendence. The adult volunteer staff will have spent hours of their time and energy for nothing. There are two ways to begin the process. One is to go back to the Contact Page, fill out the form, and click "submit." The other is to read on here and see how the process works. Either way it does take some time and effort on your part.

You already know we are not a recruiting tool for the U.S. Marine Corps. Additionally, we are not the Scouts, Sea Cadets, JR NROTC, 4H, FFA, or any of the other youth organizations; I'm not saying there is anything wrong with those groups, their just not us. We are not a drop-off day care center, and we certainly are not baby sitters. To garner any benefit from this program requires commitment.

Look at the YM's as a stool with three legs. Take any one of them away or lessen its strength or length and the stool is useless. Our three legs are the unit staff (all volunteers with children in the program), your Young Marine, and you, the parent. This organization has some lofty goals for your child; goals that require the three of us to commit to the program. This doesn't mean you are expected to commit as much as our staff does; we realize you may have a job, other children, or other outside committments, but please understand, so do our volunteer staff; therefore, you are expected to help when and where you can. Complete lack of participation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.


You're first step is to download the Questionaire below (it's a Word.Doc), fill it out, sign it, scan it into your computer, and email it to me, my contact information is at the end of this website. Once received, our membership coordinator will contact via telephone to discuss your child and answer any questions you may have at that time. If you and your child are still motivated to join, we will email you a copy of our Parent Handbook. We'd ask you to read it thoroughly and call the membership coordinator with any questions. This Handbook is our way of alleviating many of the apprehensions new parents experience when joining an organization like the Young Marines. If at that time, you are willing to step up for your child's future, you need the sign the Confirmation Form that accompanies the Parent Handbook and return it to us. We will at that time invite the two of you to a drill for a "look-see;" you'll want to see us and we want to see and talk to you. If all parties are still convinced, you will then be provided with an the Obligation and Committment Form for you and your child to read, initial, and return to us at that drill. At that time your child can begin attending all drills and participate in our events. Once you and your child have shown committment to becoming a full-fledged YM, you will be provided the Recruit Enrollment Package to fill out and return to us with the enrollment fee.. At that time your child will be entered into the data base and becomes a Young Marine Recruit awaiting for the next scheduled boot camp.

I'm suspecting you are probably saying "Wow, how long will all this take?" It takes a while to show committment. We don't want you to cough up the enrollment fee and a few months later the child (or you) decide this isn't for either of you. We simply want you to be sure this is what you and your child want. We have had parents fill out the questionaire, we called to answer questions, we liked what we heard from the parent about their child, we emailed the handbook, the parent read it, emailed the form to us, the parent and child came to the next drill, (we drill every Saturday), filled out the enrollmment forms, paid the fee, the child was immediately enrolled into the system, and then the child shows up once in a while, learns nothing, we become nothing more than a periodic baby sitter and is finally dischargesd for lack of attendance. We do not want that to happen to you. So, we want to see committment before we have you pay the enrollment fee.



I'm sure you are wondering about cost. The initial enrollment fee is a non-refundable $200. That gets your child everything: guidebook, two YM T-shirts, one national T-shirt, PT shorts, arch tab, unit patch, name tapes, drug demand reduction cards, and a complete camouflaged Marine uniform (cover, blouse, trousers, belt w/buckle, blousing garters, and leather boots). That’s it; however, he/she gets these items in two increments, some immediately and the rest upon completion of boot camp and promotion to YM/Private. This issue is subsidized by the unit to maintain a constant price. The only other required cost is an annual re-registration fee of $20, (actually a dues), which we all must pay, staff included. We realize this a lot of money to cough up at one time, so if it presents a financial problem we can always work out a payment plan that suits your budget. Let's be honest here, it's all about the children, not the money!
Courtney Gutierrez
Unit Commander
  

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