Those who are looking to join the prestigious ranks of the US Marine Corps must fulfill a number of requirements to become eligible for enlistment. Marine recruiters typically determine qualifications by looking at a number of factors, including whether potential recruits are older than 17 years of age, hold a high school diploma, and are legal residents of the United States.
If applicants fulfill these requirements, Marine recruiters will schedule them to sit for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam. Designed to gauge the future success of enlisted Marines, this test requires that applicants prepare in such categories as reasoning and mechanics.
Joining the US Marine Corps also means fulfilling the requirements of an Initial Strength Test (IST). Candidates must be able to display their competency by completing 35 sit-ups in two minutes and two pull-ups. In addition, they must be able to complete a 1.5-mile run in 13-and-one-half minutes to pass the exam.