Mission and Goals
The Young Marines is the official youth program of the Marine Corps League. Founded in 1958 to promote the mental, moral and physical development of young Americans, the Young Marines offer a variety of activities specifically designed to develop greater self-esteem, discipline and self-confidence in its members.
Character building is one of the most important objectives of the Young Marine program, and all of its activities emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, and a sense of devotion to God, country, community and family.
Physical Fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and respect for one's body are important tenets of the Young Marines
In July of 1993, the United States Marine Corps officially designated the Young Marines program as “the focal organization for fulfilling its participation in the Department of Defense’s drug demand reduction activities.”
Young Marines make a pledge to maintain a drug free lifestyle and are encouraged to influence family, friends, and schoolmates to share this commitment.
Drug education and prevention classes are an integral part of the Young Marine education and training program. These classes are frequently conducted by qualified agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
For more information regarding the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League, visit the Internet home of the Young Marines or write, call, or Email:
Young Marines of the Marine Corps League
P.O. Box 70735
Washington, DC 20024-0735
(800) 717-0060 or (202) 889-8745