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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



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.



  1. Saluting
    • 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If you are passed, or being passed, by an uncased National Color, render the same honors as when the National Anthem is played.
  7. 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.
  8. 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


Civilian Courtesy

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

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.

Updated: January 2010