Congratulations to Valerie Nelson, our newest Volunteer!
CONGRATULATIONS to Valerie Nelson who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!
On December 4, 1950, after four days of fighting their way through the Taebek Mountains, Lieutenant Colonel Raymond G. Davis, and the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines arrived in Hagaru-Ri, in present-day North Korea. Their victory over the numerically-superior North Korean and Chinese forces helped clear the way for the 5th and 7th Marines, and Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism.
St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery
Today, artillerymen worldwide recognize Barbara as the patron saint of their craft. Once a year, Marine artillerymen gather to honor Saint Barbara and celebrate the day of her feast (December 4), a tradition for all professional artillerymen. Artillerymen are a peculiar breed. Part grunt, part Motor T (transport), part communications, and part deaf, they have a long lineage dating back to the Roman legions in 399 BC.
School of Infantry: Foot Patrol
While attending the School of Infantry (SOI), Marines will be instructed on how to conduct foot patrols in both urban and rural environments. Learning the proper techniques of foot patrolling is a critical component to becoming a rifleman, as patrolling is a key element of asserting combat power and gaining battlefield dominance to accomplish the mission.
Video Marine Corps
Marines attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command, practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, 2015. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and war fighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.
DD 214 Information
The DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, generally referred to as a "DD 214", is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active-duty military service.
Giving Tuesday is November 28
November 28 is Giving Tuesday. Please help spread the word to donate and support the organization that supports you during your Marine's career in the Corps!
Text GT2023 to 44-321 to donate.
Our goal is $10,000 for Giving Tuesday, 2023. We've funded dozens of outreach projects this year, including helping several families through financial hardships due to medical expenses, helping Marine Corps family members, and sending families to attend their Marine's graduation from boot camp.
Please help us continue our mission this holiday season. All donations to Marine Parents will receive a receipt with our EIN for your taxes.
Your donation finances the dissemination of information to educate families about the Marine Corps, casework disaster relief for Marines and their families, building communities for family members to have a place to connect and share® before, during, and after their loved ones' service in the Marine Corps, and monetary assistance to Marine Corps family members who would otherwise be unable to attend boot camp graduation. Thank you for your support on this important day!
School of Infantry: Camp Pendleton
Information in Graduation Dates link updated 3/15/2023. Camp Pendleton, California, is one of two School of Infantry (SOI) locations where newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. Camp Pendleton is located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego.
On November 27, 1950, eight Chinese Communist divisions in Korea launched a massive attack intended to destroy the 1st Marine Division. This led to one of the most well-known chapters in Marine Corps history as the Marines successfully fought their way southward out of Chosin Reservoir to the coastal port of Hungnam.
Looking for TRUSTED Deployment Information?
Your son or daughter joined the Marine Corps to serve their country; being deployed is part of their job. It's the part of their job most Marines desire. As the parent of a Marine, deployment feels scary. But it doesn't have to be. Our mission is to provide you with information to better understand and prepare YOU for what to expect during deployment. This website page is worth a glance today; knowing you can turn to Marine Parents is the takeaway.+
We've been sharing information with family members during deployments since January 2003. Our information is accurate and trusted. And we speak your language. We have worn YOUR shoes.
I somehow feel closer to my son when I read the information on your website. Thank you for giving that to me.
For the most part, when civilians think of a reservist they think of someone who reports to their unit one weekend a month and for two weeks in the summer. There are actually a few different options that provide young men and women the opportunity to serve their country.
Interference During Recruit Training
MarineParents.com, Inc. discourages any interference with recruit training, including but not limited to photos of recruits in training, attendance at pep rallies or bus rallies, attendance at Sunday services with recruits, or anything outside the regular Family Day and Graduation Ceremony held at MCRD.
Casualty Notification Procedures During Deployments
In the case of death or serious injury, the Primary Next of Kin (PNOK) will be notified, by a uniformed service member, within 24 hours of the accident. These service members are called Casualty Assistance Calls Officers (CACO). Notification will only be made between the hours of 0500 and 0000 (5am-midnight). The service member will be wearing his Service Alpha Uniform.
Operation Lancaster II
On November 25, 1968, the conclusion of Operation Lancaster II ended 10 months of military action against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army troops in the west-central region of the demilitarized zone region. Over 1,800 enemy troops were killed, 42 captured, and 913 weapons seized during the operation.
Seeking Participants for a DOD Study
Are you a parent, spouse, or significant other of a service member or veteran who served in the military after October 2001? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a study requested by Congress. Your input may help improve the health care services offered to you. Help your fellow military families and loved ones! If you or someone you know may be interested please call (855) 821-1469 or email email@example.com
Drill Instructor Gives Advice to Future Marines
Video, Marine Corps: Staff Sgt. Young from Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego talks about being a drill instructor and gives advice to future Marines.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Marylois, Attend Graduation
On Wednesday, November 8, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Marylois, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Mike Company to become a Marine.
As a single mother, I couldn't have made the trip to see my son become a Marine. Thanks to Marine Parents, I was able to be with him and give him the biggest, tightest, and most emotional hug ever after 3 long months at boot camp. Thank you guys so much for all of your help to make sure that was possible. You guys are so amazing and kind for helping people be with their loved ones who might have been unable to make such an important day because of financial hardships. I will forever be grateful to Marine Parents! Marylois, New Marine Mom
Native American Heritage Day
Native American Heritage Day is a civil holiday observed the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. American Indians are accorded special honor on this day, celebrating their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions, and heritage. Perhaps the best-known military service for Native Americans is the Code Talkers.
Subic Bay Closes
On November 24, 1992, Marines lowered the flag at the Subic Bay U.S. Naval Facility in the Philippines for the last time. The lowering took place during ceremonies to turn over the facility to the government of the Philippines, ending almost a century of U.S. presence in the country.
Happy Thanksgiving from MarineParents.com!
The mission of MarineParents.com, Inc., is to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and create opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs. We are truly honored and thankful that we have been able to fulfill this mission since 2003 and it would not have been possible without YOU.
Join our team of Volunteers at MarineParents
Volunteering at Marine Parents is a rewarding experience and opens many doors to new friendships and levels of support, and provides you an opportunity to lend support to other Marine Corps families, in addition to our Marines and Sailors. Volunteers at Marine Parents receive no compensation, either monetarily or with benefits.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Virginia, Attend Graduation
On Friday, November 3, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Virginia, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.
Thank you so much Marineparents.com for giving me the opportunity to be in person and make this day extra special for my Marine! It truly was a Blessing! Virginia, New Marine Mom
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Teresa, Attend Graduation
On Friday, November 3, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Teresa, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Hotel Company to become a Marine.
I cannot express how grateful I am to MarineParents and the assistance given to my family. Seeing my youngest graduate has been one of the proudest moments in our lives and I am extremely thankful I was able to attend. With him being my youngest out of 3 boys, I now am a proud mom to 2 Marines and 1 serving in the Navy! Thank you! Teresa, New Marine Mom
The Marine Corps has a rich and proud tradition. The countless battle streamers earned by each individual unit is a testament to this fact. There are many things that the Marines do that set them apart from the other branches of service. However, the Marine Corps has always had a long-standing history with the U.S. Navy. This is to be expected, considering that the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The United States has a military unlike any other. Specifically, we are fortunate enough to have a maritime tour de force. As such, the Marine Corps and Navy often times operate hand in hand. Consequently, one of the many things that we use in conjunction with the Navy is their terminology.
Links and Resources by States
Our States Resources database includes useful information for Marine Corps family members and Veterans including VA Hospital locations, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) locations, and military Veteran organizations.
Our Facebook Groups by Family Affiliation
We have official MarineParents Facebook groups to communicate with others with the same affiliation. Our groups are run by volunteers who have gone through 40 hours of training to facilitate the groups. Be sure to answer all three questions when you click to join a group.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Jaime, Attend Graduation
On Friday, October 27, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Jaime, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Kilo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance for the opportunity to see my one and only daughter graduate as a Marine. I greatly appreciate your generosity. Jaime, New Marine Mom
Find a Well of Fortitude to Drink From
Tracy wrote this article in the Fall of 2009. As we approach our 20th anniversary, we wanted to share some of our background, history, and the love the founder has for this amazing organization.
Colonel Bryan P. McCoy, USMC, encouraged me to find a well of fortitude to drink from and gain strength to carry on another day in the face of challenges and the emotional rollercoaster of having a son or daughter in the Marine Corps. This is my well of fortitude.Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, 2009
MPTA Helps Marine Father, Dino, Attend Graduation
On Friday, October 13, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Dino, Father of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you so much for making attending boot camp graduation a reality. It was an honor to be there and experience this important day. MarineParents, what a truthful and blessed organization. I'm so happy to see this young man become part of the Marine Corps. Very proud Dad. Thanks, MPTA, for helping me attend such an important ceremony. Thank you very much. Dino, New Marine Dad
Etiquette in the Corps
The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette. We will discuss some of the common types as they pertain to family members and their Marines and how you should act in those situations.
Marines Secure Tarawa
On November 20, 1943, the 2nd Marine Division, commanded by Major General Julian C. Smith, landed on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, in the Gilbert Islands.
After three days of bitter fighting that saw more than 1,000 Marines lose their lives and a further 2,100 wounded, Major General Smith declared the island secure.
After the Corps: The GI Bill
The term "GI Bill" refers to any educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs earned by members of the armed forces and their family members. These benefits are designed to assist service members and eligible veterans cover the costs associated with receiving a higher education or job training. There are several GI Bill programs, and each is administrated differently depending on the individual's eligibility and duty status.
Western Inn San Diego Hotel
The staff at Western Inn are here to serve you during your recruit's graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. We offer a special rate for Marine family members; please mention MarineParents.com when making your reservations. We are a 5 minute drive (1/2 mile) to MCRD and a 5 minute walk to the Old Town Trolley station.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Marleni, Attend Graduation
On Friday, October 13, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Marleni, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Bravo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you MarineParents Travel Assistance for the help getting to graduation. This assistance was important because we are a family of 8 and it is very expensive to do any travel. Thank you for your help! Marleni, New Marine Mom
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Elida, Attend Graduation
On Friday, October 6, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Elida, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Bravo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you MarineParents Travel Assistance for helping us attend my son's graduation. Without this program, I would not have been able to see my Marine graduate. Thank you! Elida, New Marine Mom
Moving After the Corps
There are multiple ways that a Marine can choose to move him or herself and their family. A Marine may choose to do a Personally Procured Move (PPM), formerly a Do It Yourself (DITY) move, or he or she may choose to have the military move their personal family items for them.
MCRD San Diego Graduations
Town and Country Resort, located in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood, is just 2 miles to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and offers a comfortable and fun option for military families. Recently renovated with an authentic mid-century modern design and a friendly Southern California vibe, the resort is an ideal home base for a San Diego stay.
The resort offers a comfortable guestroom, 3 pools, a 4-story waterslide named “Twister,” 5 restaurants and bars, a penthouse fitness center with Peloton bikes, and 19 fire pits. It is pet and family-friendly with a 3-acre attached park and a host of family activities. The resort is within walking distance of Fashion Valley Mall and provides easy access to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, beaches, and area attractions.
Special rates for military families are available when you book using the RESERVE link:
Congratulations to Kelly Cooke, a returning Volunteer!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kelly Cooke who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!
4th Marine Regiment Begins March to Germany
On November 17, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade, as a part of the 2nd Division American Expeditionary Force, began marching toward the Rhine River to provide support to American forces occupying Germany. On their march toward occupied Germany, the Marines passed through Belgium and Luxembourg.
Drill Instructor Creed
Your recruit will be introduced to his or her Drill Instructors (DIs) for the first time at the end of the first week after arriving in boot camp. Indeed, this is one of the defining moments in a recruit's training.
The Recruit Parents Website
We've been helping families understand recruit training (boot camp) for 20 years. We speak in civilian terms to help family members who are new to the military. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on RecruitParents.com.
I couldn't have gone through my son's 13 weeks in boot camp without the support and information right here on this website. I got 13 weeks of education, too. Thank you for teaching me how to be a Marine Parent!
—Jill from Iowa, Marine Mom, 2007
Official Marine Corps Publications
Learn from the source! This website page links to official United States Marine Corps publications. The page includes links to the DOD website and the Marines Social Meda Handbook.
Congratulations to Monique Richardson, our newest Volunteer!
CONGRATULATIONS to Monique Richardson who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!
Tun Tavern: Birthplace of the Marine Corps
During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.
A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.
The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.
Deployment Pages on Marine Parents
Got a deployment looming? In the middle of deployment? It happens and Marines love it, but their family members, not so much. Remember, information is power. Here's what you need to know to lessen the bumps in the road.
I had two sons and a daughter-in-law deployed at the same time: two soldiers and one Marine. This website was my go-to every single morning. It was my saving grace. I never did find an Army site like this one, but you helped me through that, as well. Thank you.—Jackie, Marine Mom in Missouri, 2006
Congratulations to Paula Smith, our newest Volunteer!
CONGRATULATIONS to Paula Smith who recently completed 40+ hours of training as part of ongoing professional development as a volunteer for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dedicated
On November 13, 1983, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, containing the names of more than 13,000 Marines who lost their lives in Vietnam, was dedicated during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The dedication, and the parade preceding it, were part of a week-long salute to veterans of the Vietnam War.
Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day
While Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day acknowledge the service and sacrifices of our military members, it's essential to understand the difference between these important days.
Veterans are often thanked for their service on Memorial Day and during the holiday weekend when we should be honoring our fallen heroes who died in service to our country. Some veterans will politely acknowledge your appreciation and continue with their day. Some will gently remind you that today is not about them. Some may show frustration for you not understanding the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Armistice Day: World War I Ends
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Though the Treaty of Versailles, signed on June 28, 1919, marked the official end of the war, the public still viewed November 11th as the date that marked the end of the Great War.
THANK YOU TO OUR VETERANS
Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation.
Happy 248th Birthday Marines!
Since before the United States of America was a country, the Marine Corps has provided patriotic young men and, since 1918, women with the chance to fight for and protect our freedom, instilling them with the core values of honor, courage, and commitment along the way. By refusing to be anything or accept anyone other than the best, the United States Marine Corps has established itself as America's elite fighting force.
The Marine Corps Hymn (Slow Version)
You Tube Channel United States Marine Band Published on November 5, 2020
A formal Marine Corps birthday ball traditionally includes both dinner and dancing, but the highlight is the official cake-cutting ceremony. When a live musical ensemble is not available for a birthday ball, recorded music is a viable alternative. Event organizers and Marines across the globe can utilize appropriate ceremonial music by downloading MP3s or video from the Audio Resources section of the Marine Band’s website. “The President’s Own” offers the bugle calls, marches, and other selections required for the ceremony as well as many martial pieces available for other military functions.
(Page includes a link to Official Marine Band downloads!)
First Celebration of Marine Corps' Birthday
November 10, 1921, marks the date of the first formal celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday as November 10. On October 21 of that year, Major Edwin McClellan sent a memo to then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, John A. Lejeune, proposing that the original date of the founding of the Marine Corps, November 10, be declared a Marine Corps holiday to be celebrated by Marines across the globe. Less than two weeks later, on November 1, Commandant Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47 summarizing the history, mission, and tradition of the Corps, and directed that it be read to all Marine commands each year on November 10.
248th Marine Corps Birthday Video
On November 10, 2023, U.S. #Marines around the globe will celebrate 248 years of success on the battlefield and reaffirm their commitment to our Corps' proud legacy of honor, courage, and commitment.
This year, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Eric M. Smith, and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Carlos A. Ruiz, remind us all that Marines are professional warfighters who have earned their reputation of discipline and lethality in the crucible of combat.
You Tube Channel United States Marine Corps Published on November 1, 2023
Sergeant John Basilone
Marines are known for being always faithful; for never giving up; for being hard-chargers. Perhaps no Marine better exemplified these traits than Sergeant "Manila John" Basilone, the only enlisted Marine in World War II (WWII) to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross and a true Marine Corps legend.
Operation Desert Shield
On November 8, 1990, President George H.W. Bush announced his plan to add more than 200,000 additional troops to those already deployed to the Persian Gulf area in support of Operation Desert Shield. With the addition of II MEF units from the Marine Corps' East Coast bases and the 5th MEB from California, the number of Marines deployed to the area swelled to nearly 90,000 within two months.
November is Military and Veteran Family Month
While the sacrifices made and hardships endured by our service members are well-documented, a related aspect that many people may not think about as often are the sacrifices made and hardships endured by military families as well. Maintaining a family in the civilian world is challenging enough, and military families may also face additional, unique challenges, such as frequent moves from base to base, having a loved one deployed for months on end, or dealing with long-term physical and/or emotional wounds, that can make the task of maintaining a family seem almost overwhelming.
Uniforms of the Marine Corps
The link below to the website page includes a chart to understand better the uniforms your Marine is wearing. The chart is an excellent reference as well as a learning tool. You can also learn about the differences between uniforms in other branches of the service.
Life in the Corps Website Map
These pages of our website are rich with information that you'll want to know while your loved one is in the Corps. We bring it to you in civilian terms. For help navigating our website, use this map of pages for Life in the Marine Corps.
The information I've learned from MarineParents.com websites has been incredible. They give me information in civilian terms. I feel more informed, but more importantly, I feel closer to my daughter in her journey in the Marine Corps. Semper Family, and thank you!—Marine Mom Genevieve from Plano, TX in 2020
The Chain of Command
Knowing, understanding, and following the chain of command in the military is crucial. The chain of command is the system that controls the happenings, tasks, and logistics of the military. The chain of command is also the tasking authority for subordinates. The chain of command is what gives warriors structure and discipline when engaging in conflict. It is imperative to the success of our military that the chain of command exercises the correct leadership and appropriate discipline in order to ensure success.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Valerie, Attend Graduation
On Friday, October 20, 2023, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Valerie, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from India Company to become a Marine.
Thanks to the Marine Parents Travel Assistance Program we were able to fly out to MCRD San Diego and watch our son graduate. Thank you so much for the assistance and for helping us make lifelong memories with our new United States Marine! We are eternally grateful for the generosity of Marine Parents who made this possible! Valerie, New Marine Mom
22nd MAU Lands on Carriacou
On November 1, 1983, 300 U.S. Marines from the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) staged an amphibious and helicopter landing on the island of Carriacou, 15 miles northeast of Grenada, in a search for Cuban military installations or personnel. 17 Grenadian soldiers were captured in the assault, and arms, ammunition, and training sites were found as well. The next day, the 22nd MAU left Grenada and headed to Beirut, Lebanon to replace the 24th MAU.