Staff Sergeant

Gunnery Sergeant


Guidebook Training

  1. Close Order Drill – Senior Young Marines progress to Platoon drill in this guide.  Learning how to receive reports from their squad members and pass that information to their Unit First Sergeant.
  2. Essential Subjects – with all of the basics learned from the first two guidebooks, the Young Marine now gains a better understanding of their role to the Unit Commander and get an introduction to how the higher level commands operate.
  3. Field Skills – now that the Young Marines have now learn about field survival and all of the priorities to survive if trapped in the wilderness.
  4. Map and Compass – more skills to hone the Young Marines ability to navigate without modern luxuries like GPS.
  5. Drug Demand Reduction – as higher level leaders, a Senior Young Marine should know how to better educate lower level Young Marines and also have a much deeper understanding of how drugs can affect the human body.  They now present full classes to Young Marines and those outside the organization.
  6. Public Speaking – the Young Marine now gains knowledge of lesson plan creation, various instruction methods, and other items to create great classes for the Young Marines in their charge.
  7. Leadership – the various roles a Senior Young Marine will hold are covered as well as how to supervise Young Marine activities, improved problem solving techniques, and improved communication techniques.
  8. Citizenship – gain a higher level understanding of our Nation’s government, how it functions, and a look at the Declaration of Independence.
  9. Physical Fitness, Health, and First Aid – a deeper understanding of the human body and how to keep it maintained through exercise and fueled by food.  The Young Marines will gain a deeper understanding of First Aid Skills as well.

Billets (Roles)

  • Platoon Sergeant – now responsible for a Young Marine platoon.  A platoon consists of two or more squads.  Must carry out orders given to them by their Platoon Leader, test the knowledge of their Young Marines, perform uniform inspections, and more.  They insure their Young Marines are as well trained as possible and performs numerous evaluations of them and their leadership rules.
  • Young Marine Parade Sergeant – this position requires a high level of proficiency in platoon drill and how to train the Young Marines within the team.  They arrange Young Marines for parades and other large assemblies.
  • Platoon Leader – this role is held by a Senior Young Marine or Staff Member depending upon availability of high level Young Marines.  They receive orders from the Unit Commander, recommend Young Marines for awards and promotions, they are responsible for anything the platoon does or fails to do.
  • Young Marine Instructor – this position aids in training the unit’s Basic and Junior Young Marines in Drug Resistance, Fitness, and more.  If the Young Marine has attended the National Leadership Academy they will receive certification to teach Recruits during Recruit Training.

Parents of Basic Young Marines

By this time, you will probably have a much better understanding of the Young Marines program, as well our various unit procedures.  Your Young Marine will be gaining higher level leadership skills and it never hurts to listen to their stories and offer incite to help them solve their Platoon level problems (from your own life experiences).

With your increased knowledge of the unit, it wouldn’t hurt to consider a Staff position or join the Parent Support Group as you could help other parents understand the program and keep us growing.