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Enlisted Options: Marine Corps Enlisted

You can enlist in the Marine Corps for three, four or five years. Young men and women enlisting in the Corps must meet exacting physical, mental and moral standards.

Candidates must be between the ages of 17 and 29, U.S. citizens or registered aliens, and be physically fit.

Applicants take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to assess applicants' vocational aptitudes and academic abilities. If you have not taken it, a Marine recruiter can set one up for you.

If you receive a high enough ASVAB score, you can qualify for the Quality Enlistment Program (QEP). This program gives the recruit the choice of East Coast, West Coast, or overseas duty and choice of an MOS field. You must enlist for 6 years to get the benefits of this program.

Applicants can be guaranteed training and duty assignment with a wide variety of options, depending upon a person's education and qualifications. Women are eligible to enlist in all occupational fields, with the exception of combat arms specialties: infantry, artillery, and tank and amphibian tractor crew members.

In addition to regular enlistment, the Marine Corps offers special enlistment programs.

Delayed Entry Program
Students who wish to complete the Marine Corps enlistment process before graduating from high school or a community college may enlist in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP). Enlistment in the DEP allows applicants to postpone their initial active duty training for up to a full year. Enlisting in the DEP has two principal benefits: the student can finish high school or community college and get into training as it becomes available.

Musician Enlistment Option Program
The Musician Enlistment Option Program gives graduates with musical talent an opportunity to serve in Marine Corps bands or the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps. The program's incentives include formal school training, accelerated promotions and duty station choices.

Enlistment Options Program
The Enlistment Options Program guarantees well-qualified applicants an assignment to one of almost 30 occupational fields. The occupational fields contain available jobs in the Marine Corps, ranging from combat arms to motor transport to high-technology avionics, electronics and computer science. Some enlistment options feature cash bonuses as well as formal training programs.

Quality Enlistment Program
The Quality Enlistment Program provides incentives, including choice of geographic assignment, to all qualified high school graduates or seniors who enlist for six years.

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