Guidebook Training

  1. Close Order Drill – the Junior Young Marine begins learning how to give Squad-level drill commands.
  2. Essential Subjects – the Young Marine now moves into having a deeper understanding of the Marine Corps and Young Marine history.  They will also learn more about the chain of command and how to escalate issues up the chain when necessary.
  3. Field Skills – with the basics of field skills now under their belts, the Young Marine now gains a deeper understanding of how camps are setup, how to maintain the unit’s gear and equipment, and techniques for hiking.
  4. Map and Compass – map and compass skills will be fine tuned at this level as the Young Marine gains more confidence with their equipment.  They should now be able to successfully navigate several points located on a course and learn about the use of the compass.
  5. Drug Demand Reduction – understanding of researching drugs, start engaging friends and family on drug resistance, and begin acting as a role model for the Young Marines in their charge.
  6. Public Speaking – the length of speeches expected increases for Junior Young Marines and they gain an understanding of how to avoid stage fright.
  7. Leadership – the various roles a Junior Young Marine will hold are covered as well as the leadership principles and traits taught to new United States Marines.
  8. Citizenship – now that they Young Marine can recite their Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem, they now are expected to know more of their history.  The Americans Creed is introduced and has to be learned and understood.
  9. Physical Fitness, Health, and First Aid – Young Marines should be passing their Physical Fitness by this level and now learn how to lead fitness sessions with their Young Marines.  CPR and Advanced First Aid classes are required at this level if they haven’t already been learned.

Billets (Roles)

  • Assistant Squad Leader – after having a chance to lead a team should have prepared the Young Marine for the next level.  They now assist the Squad Leader in leading a Young Marine Squad.  A squad consists of two teams of four Young Marines, the Assistant Squad Leader, and the Squad Leader for a total of ten.
  • Squad Leader – similar to the Team Leader, the Squad Leader should place the welfare of those below them ahead of their own.  They now have a higher responsibility with more in their charge and will also start recommending their squad members for promotions and added responsibilities.
  • Platoon Guide – a Platoon Guide is the third in command of a Young Marine platoon behind the Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant.  They are to take over for the Platoon Sergeant in their absence and ensure gear, chow, and bathroom breaks are taken care of for the Young Marines in the platoon.
  • Young Marine Color Sergeant – the leader of the Color Guard or Drill Team.  They train their fellow Young Marines in rifle and flag drill.  They can place themselves as one of the Riflemen on a Color Guard if they want to participate.
  • Young Marine Color Guard Rifleman – similar to a Young Marine Flag Bearer, a Rifleman is a participant in Color Guards.  This is a proud role as you are the guard for the flags are they are being set up.

Parents of Basic Young Marines

Junior Young Marines are early in the stages of leadership.  They have larger groups to lead and will continue to grow even more with practice.

You can help by periodically quizzing them on items from their guide and keeping an eye on how they interact with other Young Marines.  It is common for them to get “big headed” in these roles until they settle into a leadership style that works for them.  This is okay as long as it doesn’t come across as bullying and no Young Marines are being singled out in the process.

They should learn to praise in public and discipline in private.