A local chapter of Young Marines attended the September 2015 Vet Fest event. It was delightful crossing their paths. One could tell they were a sincere, dedicated bunch of young adults.
Young Marines is a national organization with a focused goal as it: “. . . strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honouring our veterans, good citizenship, community service and living a health, drug free-lifestyle.” A drug-free lifestyle is certainly the organization’s primary focus. However, the organization’s heart is also vested in supporting Veterans: “Honoring veterans is not just something Young Marines talk about, it’s what they do!” Seriously devoted to the Veteran cause; members go above and beyond the call of duty and travel to such distance places as “Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor and the home of Navajo Code Talkers, Window Rock, Arizona to ‘honour those surviving veterans and their families for their historic and dedicated service to the United States.’” Annually, in November, there is a Young Marines’ Veterans Appreciation week. This week is intended to “challenge” Young Marines to put their best foot forward in recognizing our military. Simultaneously, nationwide, local chapters during this particular week have the opportunity to “design their own project that is most fitting in their local community.” Though a National Organization, the organization also promotes awareness regarding local Veterans.
Prevention starts early. To that end, Young Marines “is open to all youth ages 8 through completion of high school.” The only criteria for entry into the program is “the youth must be in good standing at school.” Fair enough an entry standard one would think. Regarding training: “Upon joining a local Young Marines unit, recruits undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings.” Topics in the curriculum? “history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure”. Post graduation “Young Marines have the opportunity to learn even more new skills. . . . “
This is an organization designed to foundationally assist youth in confidently crossing over into young adulthood and by the sounds of it an organization adolescents and teens could largely benefit from.
Backed by the Drug Enforcement Agency this national organization of young members upholds the standard for drug prevention in a modern day addicted society. A very worthwhile cause for youth interested in learning about the military, our military history, our veterans and particularly for those who are interested in staying on the straight and narrow path.
For more information see the organization’s website @ https://www.youngmarines.com/
“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” ― Ronald Reagan.
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