The Young Marines is the official Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program of the United States Marine Corps, for the Department of Defense. Although we employ and use certain military disciplines, we are not a military-recruiting organization. The Young Marines program has a strong emphasis on leadership & character development, discipline, service to the community and veteran population and encourage a healthy drug free lifestyle with regular "Drug Demand Reduction" classes. Our members pledge to maintain, and actively demonstrate, a drug-free lifestyle within their community. Adult Volunteers aid in instilling the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment so inherent to the American way of life, by teaching Leadership Skills that will last a lifetime. Our program includes weekly drill, community service to Veterans' and other Patriotic organizations, Drug Demand Reduction, Encampments, Physical Fitness, a Marksmanship program, Rank and Ribbon achievement and a large variety of other activities designed to motivate and inspire our youth to succeed.
What the Young Marines Is Not
We are not an alternative to the Juvenile Justice System. Meaning, we do not work with Probation, Family Court or Law Enforcement or act as a "Scared Straight" Program.
We are not a program for high risk or violent youth with an extensive criminal history.
We are not an alcohol, drug or addiction rehabilitation program.
Please see our links page for programs qualified to handle these issues
"Closing the Gate on Drugs"
In 2014 the Young Marines launched a new offensive in the battle against teen drug abuse. The program is called "Closing the Gate on Drugs". This is an expansion to the Young Marines ongoing "Drug Demand Reduction" efforts. The program targets the "gateway drugs", alcohol, marijuana, inhalants and over the counter and prescription drugs with the belief that by stopping our teens from experimenting with these substances we can eliminate the use of harder substances such as cocaine, heroine and crack to name a few.
RECRUITMENT NOW UNDERWAY:
- A copy of the recruits Social Security Card (for SSN verification only)
- A copy of the recruits Birth Certificate (for verification only)
- A copy of the recruits current medical insurance card (front and back)
Recruits: sneakers, jeans or similar pants, plain white t-shirt, belt.
Young Marine: Boots, black socks, trousers, blouse, red YM t-shirt, khaki web belt, cover.
Young Marine Inspection/parade uniform: During formal events or when specified, the above is worn with red t-shirt and ribbon rack.
Young Marine PT Uniform: Red YM national t-shirt, black shorts or grey sweats depending on the season, white socks, sneakers.(Females hair does not have to be in a bun when in PT gear.)
The Hudson Mohawk Young Marines is a proud supporter of the NRA. The Unit is an NRA Recruiter and anyone can join the NRA by clicking the above link. By joining through us, the NRA makes a donation to the Unit for each new or renewed member. If you are not a member please consider joining, and if you are please renew through us. Your membership not only helps support the programs of the Young Marines but the NRA as well, such as the NRA Grant Fulfillment Program. In 2014 the Hudson Mohawk Young Marines received a very generous grant from the NRA. The unit was given several small bore rifles, ammunition, safety equipment and a storage safe. This gift has enabled the Unit to begin a Marksmanship Program to educate the Young Marines in safe and responsible firearms handling and introduce them to the exciting world of the shooting sports