Fort Meade Young Marines
Strengthing the Lives of America's Youth

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 You dont have to study from the study guides listed continue to get guidebook signed off this is just extra step however requirements you must pass.

 

 

 

You dont have to study from the study guides listed continue to get guidebook signed off this is just extra step however requirements you must pass.

Promotion Requirements

Pfc. Requirements

 

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Graduate from bootcamp.
  2. Citizenship
    • Memorize Pledge of Allegiance to flag.
    • Memorize Young Marine Obligation.
    • Know U.S. President and Vice President.
  3. Leadership
    • Show willingness to accept responsibility.
    • Military courtesy.
    • Understand billets.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with score of 200.
  5. School
    • Be attentive polite and obedient.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Respect parents and elders at all times. Use 'sir' or 'ma'am.'
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Have clean body and teeth. Hair and fingernails clean and neatly trimmed.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Be able to execute all facing movements and column movements.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Pass standardized PFC exam for age group with 70% or better. 
      Exam will include questions identified in this study guide.
       
   

Study Guide

 

PFC Study Guide


DRILL
  • Position assumed when you fall in?
  • # of counts in left and right face
  • Normal interval during PT?
  • What ranks do in Open Ranks march?
  • Foot for command of execution?
  • Purpose of drill?
  • Two types of commands
  • Steps in Quick Time?
  • Inches in a half step?
  • Inches in a normal step?
USMC HISTORY
  • USMC birthday
  • Where term leatherneck came from
  • Where was first Young Marine Unit formed?
  • Did USMC fight in Mexico?
  • What are the 3 parts of the Marine Corps emblem?
  • What year was USMC emblem adopted?
  • Birthplace (what bar)?
  • First commandant?
  • Meaning of Semper Fidelis
  • Birthplace (city & state)
GENERAL KNOWLEDGE
  • Who do you call sir and ma'am?
  • Why do we salute?
  • Identify the parent organization of the Young Marines?
  • What are the ideal conditions for a campsite?
  • How long do you boil water to ensure purity?
  • How many points to pass physical fitness test?
  • Define pogey bait, field day, starboard, port, bulkhead
  • Minimum distance for saluting?
  • USMC colors Guard responsibilities?
  • What are the 3 life-saving steps?
  • Name two types of fractures
  • Where do you mark your cover?
VERSES
  • Young Marine Obligation
  • Young Marine Hymn
RANK STRUCTURE
  • All enlisted ranks
  • All officer ranks

Lcpl. Requirements

 

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Three months as a PFC
  2. Citizenship
    • Memorize all versions of National Anthem.
  3. Leadership
    • General Orders.
    • Rank Structure for enlisted and officers.
    • Memorize the fourteen Leadership Traits.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 200 or more.
  5. School
    • Have good marks in effort and conduct.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Be honest, respectful and obedient to parents and elders.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Shine own shoes, hang up, otherwise put away clothing.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Execute all movements without arms in a precise manner.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Pass standardized promotion exam with a score of 70% or better.
      Exam will include questions identified in this study guide.

Study Guide

 

LCPL Study Guide

This page is from The Website for Young Marines
GENERAL
  • Define dysentery
  • Key elements in choosing a site for camping?
  • Most serious type of bleeding?
  • First USMC commandant?
  • What organization sponsors the Young Marines?
  • How do you address adults?
  • Highest YM award?
  • Inches in a normal step
  • Current USMC commandant?
  • Command to vacate area?
  • Angle of arm saluting?
  • Min distance for saluting?
  • Define "as you were"?
  • Define "Tueffel Hunde?"
  • Where is Young Marine's name marked on his cover?
  • Distance of feet when at parade rest?
  • Scene depicted on Young Marine shoulder patch?
  • How many types of life saving awards for Youth?
  • Who received Mamaluke sword at Tripoli
  • Name ribbon received at bootcamp graduation
  • When marching to which direction do you dress?
  • How many steps per minute in quick time?
  • What does each rank do in open ranks march?
  • Who is the "grand old man of the Marine Corps?"
  • What do you do when you hear the USMC Hymn?
  • When to apply a tourniquet?
  • 3 first aid steps
  • Date of Pearl Harbor attack?
  • Where was first Young Marine Unit?
  • Capital of the US?
  • Fall in at what position?
  • How many steps in double time?
  • Length of backstep and halfstep?
  • What is the interval during PT
  • Why do you salute?
  • Time of evening colors?
  • What is the Marine Corps Motto?
  • Define "esprit de corps?"
  • Score needed to earn the PFT award?
  • Chest patch is how far above pocket?
  • What are two types of drill commands?
  • How long to boil water for purifying?
  • Who is Samuel Nicholas?
  • Angle of feet at position of attention?
  • What does black signify on a map?
  • Number of degrees on a compass?
  • Where does the compass arrow point?
  • USMC colors?
VERSES
  • Young Marine Obligation
  • Young Marine Hymn
  • Eleven general orders
  • Officer rank structure
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Marine Corps Hymn
  • Enlisted rank structure

Cpl. Requirements

 

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Three months as Lance Corporal
  2. Citizenship
    • Know and explain history of US Flag.
    • Demonstrate how to properly respect, raise, lower, display and fold the flag.
    • Know Young Marine Creed.
  3. Leadership
    • Know 14 leadership traits.
    • Know Young Marine Obligation.
    • Know Pledge of Allegiance.
    • Know 11 general orders.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
    • Swim a minimum of 25 yards.
  5. School
    • Rate excellent in effort and conduct.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Be cooperative and helpful to family and friends
    • be responsible for and perform at least one household chore daily
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Practice good manners and develop good posture.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Show ability to command and drill a squad.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Pass standardized exam with a score of 80% or better. 
      Exam will include questions identified in this study guide.
    • Pass map and compass test.

Study Guide

CPL Study Guide

This page is from The Website for Young Marines
GENERAL
  • How do you wear stars on ribbons?
  • Main part of a lesson plan
  • Define fracture
  • When do you use a tourniquet?
  • Depth of close order drill
  • Foot for command of execution
  • Where was USMC born?
  • Where USMC earned blood stripe?
  • Color of contour lines on map
  • What is The President's Own ?
  • Importance of mission?
  • Is loyalty one way or two way?
  • Ship sunk to start Spanish-American War?
  • First Marine offensive battle ofWW II?
  • Explain how to compute a back azimuth
  • What are map elevations compared to?
  • What does the CPL of the Guard do?
  • Basic rule for praise and reprimand
  • First thing you do at a campsite
  • Direction of head and eyes during dress right dress
  • How long does it take to earn a good conduct award?
  • What award for attending 100% ofYM meetings?
  • Do you raise colors fast or slow at morning colors?
  • What is the foot for command of execution in "To the rear march?
  • What is the length of a half step, back step, side step?
  • Command where you step off with your right foot?
  • What does Silver star signifies?
  • Purpose of a training outline?
  • Define National Ensign
  • Most serious heat injury
  • Year USMC emblem adopted
  • In what view are most maps?
  • Where was Boxer Rebellion?
  • Define map scale 1:50,000
  • Define esprit de corps Is discipline instilled?
  • A standard grid square is equals to what?
  • Battle where USMC earned name "devil dogs?"
  • Where Marines first went ashore in Viet Nam?
  • Explain how to read grid coordinates on a map
  • Who is responsible for the guard?
  • To whom does the CPL of the guard report to?
  • What flag can fly above the American flag?
  • Where you should and should not pitch tents?

Sgt. requirements

 

 

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Four months as Corporal
  2. Citizenship
    • Know
      1. your state's governor
      2. U.S. Senators
      3. U.S. Representatives
      4. your State Senator
      5. your State Representative
    • Memorize the names of all the U.S. Presidents.
    • Memorize the names of the 50 states and 8 possessions.
  3. Leadership
    • Know Leadership Principles
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
    • Swim a minimum of 50 yards.
  5. School
    • Maintain excellent conduct and do work consistent with ability.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Make own bed daily and take care of room.
    • Assist parents with more than one chore.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Keep room and personal effects in order.
    • Take pride in personal appearance.
    • Uniform neat and clean at all times.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Be able to drill and INSTRUCT a squad.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Be able to read a map.
    • Be able to use a compass.
    • Pass the Sergeant's test with a minimum of 80%.
      Exam will include questions identified in this study guide.

Study Guide

 

 

SGT Study Guide

This page is from The Website for Young Marines
MAP READING (Explain the following)
  • Colors of swamps, schools, cut & fills
  • Grid and magnetic north
  • Reading grid coordinates
  • Views
  • Measurement
  • Scales
COMPASS READING (Explain the following)
  • Bezel ring degrees
  • Azimuth
  • Directions
  • Back Azimuth
GUARD DUTY (Describe the duties of the following)
  • Officer of the Day
  • Corporal of the Guard
  • Supernumerary
  • Sergeant of the Guard
  • Commanding Officer
DRILL (Explain the following terms)
  • Preparatory command
  • Present arms
  • Route step
  • Halfstep
  • Forearm angle at salute
  • Execution command
  • Dress right dress
  • Backstep
  • Purpose of drill
  • Form for PT
HISTORY & TRADITION (Explain the significance in USMC history of the following)
  • Japanese surrender
  • Father of USMC aviation
  • Teuffel Hunden
  • Revolutionary War
  • John Gamble
  • Current USMC Commandant
  • Chesty Puller
  • USMC Motto
  • Korean War
  • Gen. Lejeune
  • Belleau Wood
GENERAL (Explain the following)
  • Key elements of a training outline

SSgt. Requirements

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Six months as a sergeant.
  2. Citizenship
    • Be able to discuss the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.
    • Know what the amendments are.
  3. Leadership
    • Prepare and conduct an instruction period on leadership.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
    • Swim a minimum of 100 yards.
  5. School
    • Have a solid 2.0 average.
    • Know what a scholarship is and prepare a talk on college scholarships for your unit.
    • Be a member of a group or team (school or extra curicular).
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Perform extra household duties without being asked.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Demonstrate proper social skills.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Be able to drill and instruct a platoon.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Be proficient in map and compass.
    • Be able to pass the map and compass exam.
    • Be able to pass the wilderness skills exam.
  10. Must have passed twelfth birthday.

GySgt. Requriements

 

 

GySGT Requirements

This page is from The Website for Young Marines
  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • Six months as a Staff Sergeant.
  2. Citizenship
    • When given a map be able to locate any state immediately.
    • Prepare a 15 minute talk on American history prior to the Civil War.
  3. Leadership
    • Be able to prepare a class on leadership requirements for promotion to the ranks of Sergeant and Staff Sergeant.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
    • Swim a minimum of 100 yards.
  5. School
    • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Participate in some community activities.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Demonstrate formal etiquette.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Be able to drill, command and instruct a company.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Be excellent in map and compass.
    • Be able to achieve a score of 100% on the map and compass exam.
    • Be able to achieve a score of 100% on the wilderness skills exam.

 

1st Sgt/M Sgt. Requirements

 

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • One year as a gunnery sergeant.
  2. Citizenship
    • Know your city government and how it works.
      • For example, if your city has a mayor, know who it is. If it doesn't, know why. Explain the difference.
  3. Leadership
    • Demonstrate the ability to provide training for your unit.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
  5. School
    • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Prove yourself capable of handling emergencies at home in absence of parents.
    • Belong to at least one social or study group.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Set an outstanding example for neatness and conduct at all times.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Be able to form, drill, and instruct a company or battalion.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Be familiar with the Marine Corps League and how it sponsors the Young Marines.
    • Be proficient in Young Marine and Marine Corps history.

 

Sgt Maj/MGy Sgt. Requirements

  1. Required time in previous grade:
    • One year as First Sergeant or Master Sergeant.
  2. Citizenship
    • Know all 50 states and capitals.
    • Know where Young Marine units are located.
  3. Leadership
    • Demonstrate you are capable of instructing all ranks in leadership.
  4. Physical Fitness
    • Pass PFT with a score of 250 or more.
  5. School
    • Maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
    • Know and meet your school superintendent.
  6. Home and Outside Activities
    • Show yourself to be a mature person, able to function well in society.
  7. Personal Habits:
    • Be neat, clean and properly dressed, polite and well mannered.
  8. Close order drill:
    • Demonstrate the capability to form, take reports and drill a regiment.
  9. Other subjects:
    • Be proficient in all administrative aspects of the Young Marines.