Welcome to the Jimmie Dyess Young Marines
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We are the Jimmie Dyess Young Marines, part of a national nonprofit youth organization for children ages 8 through 18. Any child can join the Young Marines, no matter their social, health, or economic backgrounds. The Young Marines is a leadership program modeled off the Marine Corps, instilling the Marine Corps values of leadership, teamwork, discipline, honor, courage, commitment, and hard work into our youth. More importantly the Young Marines instills a drug-free lifestyle in today’s youth by building strong young adults who say no to drugs. The Young Marines is a high adventure program and sets itself apart by the sheer number of amazing opportunities offered, the extreme pride, the high-esteem, and the extraordinary ability to make productive young leaders for tomorrow's future.
Upon joining our Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation is called Recruit Training. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marine Recruit Training, the youth can learn even more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards. Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education. We give each child an opportunity to have a voice and challenge every child to better the world around them.
Our Unit goal is to develop a heroic unwavering audacious group of children who are ready to show the world what they can do. They are leaders, they are drug free, they are the future, they will change the world and they will rise to face every obstacle with strength and a union impossible to break. They are Young Marines!