The Young Marines was founded in 1958 by members of the Marine Corps League. The program was
founded 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.
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.
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
Young Marines make a pledge to maintain a drugfree lifestyle and are encouraged to influence
family, friends, and schoolmates to share this commitment.