Young Marine Obligation 

From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow, and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. 

Semper Fidelis.
General Orders 

1)       TO TAKE charge of this post and all Young Marine property in view. 

2)TO WALK my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing           everything that takes place within sight or hearing. 

3)TO REPORT all violations of orders I have been instructed to enforce. 

4)TO REPEAT all calls from posts more distant from the "Guardhouse" than my own. 

5)TO QUIT my post only when properly relieved. 

6)TO RECEIVE, obey and pass on to the Young Marine who relieves me all orders from             the Commanding Officer, Field Officer of the Day, and officers and NCO of the guard only. 
7) TO TALK to no one except in the line of duty. 

8)TO GIVE the alarm in case of fire or disorder. 

9)TO CALL the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions. 

10)     TO SALUTE all officers and all Colors and Standards not cased.

11)     TO BE especially watchful at night and to question all persons on or near my post and                to report all personnel without proper authority. 


Courtesy is important and to be displayed in both speech and attitude to your family, your teachers and to your friends. In the Young Marines, it is even more important. Since we have such high respect for the members of our own organization and the military services of our country, courtesy is more carefully observed than in civilian life. 

If you are in uniform, the military hand salute is given out of a show of respect to all staff members whether they are in uniform or not.

Your salute should be given when you recognize that the person is a staff member. Usually this distance is not more than 30 paces nor less than 6 paces, so that the person that is receiving the salute has time to recognize and return it. 

When you salute, turn your head so that you observe the officer and look him straight in the eye. 

Salute sharply, it indicates your pride in your organization and yourself. Sloppy salutes are discourteous. 

If you are in conversation with a staff member, you should salute again when either you or the staff member leaves. If you leave, take one step back after saluting, do an About Face, and march away. 

If you are with a group of Young marines, not in formation, call the group to attention as soon as you recognize an officer approaching. If outdoors or in the Drill Hall, all members of the group, if covered, salute. 

If indoors, stand at attention unless otherwise directed. This applies to the classroom as well. 

If the group is in formation, it is to be called to attention by the person in charge and only that person will salute. 

If you meet a staff member on a ladder or in the gangway, halt and stand at attention. The hand salute is given only at a halt or a walk, not while running. 

If driving a motor vehicle, do not salute. If driving a car and colors are sounded or the National Anthem is played, the driver will stop the vehicle and occupants remain inside seated at attention. 

When you are in uniform and not in formation, and the National Anthem is played or "To the Colors" is sounded, at the first note face the music, stand at attention and give the salute. If in civilian clothing and covered, stand at attention, remove your cover, and hold it over your left breast. Hold this position until the last note of music. The same respect is shown the National Anthem of other countries when played at special occasions. 

If you are passed, or being passed, by an uncased National Color, render the same honors as when the National Anthem is played. 

If you are at a military funeral, not a member of a formation, whether in uniform or not, stand at attention, remove your cover and hold it over your left breast at any time the casket is being moved by the casket bearers and during the services at the grave, including the firing of volleys and the sounding of Taps. During prayers, bow your head. If the weather is cold or inclement, keep your cover on and give the hand salute whenever the casket is being moved by the casket bearers and during the firing of volleys and sounding of Taps. 

When a military funeral procession passes, salute during the period when the caisson or hearse bearing the remains in the procession is passing. 
When Not to Salute
If in ranks and not at attention and a staff member speaks to you, come to attention, but do not salute.

If a staff member enters the mess room, you remain seated "at ease" and continue eating unless directed otherwise. If the staff member speaks directly to you, remain seated, "at attention," until the conversation is ended, unless directed otherwise. 

Members of work details do not salute. The person in charge will salute for the entire detail. 

When participating in games or sports, you do not salute or stop play, unless directed otherwise. 

In churches, theaters, or other places of public assemblage, or in public transportation, do not salute. Indoors, salutes are not given except when reporting to a staff member and you are "under arms." A person wearing a duty belt or weapon is "under arms." 

Do not salute when carrying articles in both hands. 

When the Marines' Hymn is played, you stand at attention, but do not salute. 
Civilian Courtesy 

Practice these roles at home, in school, or with friends or relatives. 

You should always address your father and older males as "Sir." Your mother and older females should always be addressed as "Ma'am" or "Mrs." 

You should always say "Thank you" or "Excuse me," as appropriate along with the civilian form of address, i.e., "Thank you, Sir" or "Excuse me, Ma'am." 

When sitting in a room and older persons enter, you should stand and offer them your seat - if there are no other seats available, or assist them in finding appropriate seating.

You should not sit down until all older persons have sat down. 

When your mother or other ladies are preparing to sit down at a table, you should hold their chair and help them get seated. 

When a line is formed for refreshments, make it a habit to allow older persons to pass to the front of the line. Do not grab food. Take only a fair share, and eat what you take. Do not pack your mouth full, play with your food, or talk with food in your mouth. When done eating, remove your tray or plate, then offer to remove those of the older persons at your table. 

If your parents or older persons are present at a ceremony, i.e., Young Marine Graduation, offer to get them refreshments, a seat, etc. Do not talk in a loud, noisy manner. People will remember it if you are rude.

Vulgar language and profanity is rude, improper, and disgusting anytime. It shows no respect and is uncalled for.
People remember whether you are polite or vulgar... BE POLITE. 

When entering or leaving a building, hold the door open for elders, ladies and children. 

In school, be polite and attentive to your teachers. Try to work with them and they will work with you. 

Keep your desk, locker, and belongings clean. 

Keep your hair neat and your fingernails clean, as personal hygiene is very important. 

Never ridicule or tease schoolmates about race, religion, clothing or dress, wearing glasses, their weight, etc. 

Always support your fellow Young Marines. Stick together. 

Remember that part of the Young Marine Requirements for promotion include evaluation on how you interact with others in the home and school environments, i.e., respect for parents and elders, use of "sir" and "ma'am," attentiveness, politeness, obedience, effort and conduct in school, cooperation and helpfulness, completion of chores at home, independent action, manners and maturity. 

Young Marines live by higher standards.

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