Mecklenburg County Young Marines
 of Charlotte, NC

Serving:  in NC - Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union Counties
             in SC - York and Lancaster Counties


Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there
 The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five 500 years.
About the Mecklenburg County Young Marines Logo: Why a Hornet's Nest - Mecklenburg was the first government body in America to declare independence from the Crown of England, on May 20, 1775.  This docement was the famed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.  Lord Cornwallis came to Charlotte in the fall of 1780 on his way to destroy the Continental Army, but he only stayed ten days.  The local partisans were just too hot for him, and he later referred to Charlotte as “A Hornet’s Nest of Rebellion” giving rise to Charlotte being called the Hornet’s Nest City today.

Courage, Honor, Commitment - Generation after generation of American men and women have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same men and women live by a set of enduring Core Values which forms the bedrock of their character. The Core Values give Marines strength and regulate their behavior; they bond the Marine Corps into a total force that can meet any challenge.


Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior; to never lie cheat or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity; and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions.


Courage is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in Marines. It carries them through the challenges of combat and helps them overcome fear. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to do what is right; to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct; and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure.


Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables 24-hour a day dedication to Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.

Our Mission

The Young Marines (YM) program is the drug demand reduction effort of the Marine Corp League and the United States Marine Corps.

The official mission of the Young Marines is:
· To promote the mental, moral and physical development of its members.
· To instill in its members the ideals of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, dependability, attention to duty, love of God, country, and family.
· To stimulate an interest in and respect for, academic achievement and the history and traditions of the United States of America.
· To promote physical fitness through physical activities, including participation in athletic events and close order drill.
· To advocate a drug-free lifestyle.


The Young Marines program is run in a military fashion using similar staff structure, courtesies, customs, and discipline as the US Marine Corps. The Marine Corps enlisted rank system is used in the program--Young Marines wear the same uniform and enlisted rank insignia as members of the US Marines Corps, with the addition of Young Marine patches.


Young Marines work toward ribbons for personal achievement similar to badges earned in other youth programs. They also work towards promotions in rank. Rank promotions require positive reports from the Young Marine’s teachers and parents; mastering knowledge and skills outlined in the Young Marine guide book; and meeting physical fitness requirements.       Mecklenburg County Young Marines is the preeminent unit in the Charlotte area and having close to 40 Young Marines and recruits in the program.  Our staff consists of adult volunteers who are current and former Marines who believe passionately that the values they learned as Marines had a positive affect on them.  Other adult volunteers are involved in college military programs or have experienced the military lifestyle.  It is through these caring adults that Young Marines learn the inner values of Honor, Courage, and  Commitment.

Commander: David Wyatt-Commander Wyatt has three years of active Marine Corps service and is a current member of the Charlotte Marine Corps League Det 750 and VFW  Post 9488 Mecklenburg Post.  He has prior experience starting a Young Marine Unit serving as Commandant.  Commander Wyatt is also the Young Marines 2nd Battalion Commander.      

  Executive Officer- Stephen Parker- XO Parker  is a full time dad with full time job that has very little time for family and friends, but decided to devoted that little time he has to the Young Marines program on the weekend.  His honor, courage and commitment has taught our unit what it means to become Young Marines.                                  

 T.O: SSgt. Jonathan Henderson(USMC RET) Training Officer SSgt.Henderson is a retired  Marine who served many years in the corps.  With many years under his belt in the service, he's eager to share the knowledge and experiences with the Young Marines program.                                                                                                                                                                                      Paymaster: Tonya Justice.Mrs. Justice has been working with our unit for a few years but has always been shadow in the background until one day her role and experiences in the financial industry came into play that  qualifies her to become our new paymaster.                                                                                               Adjutant: Mrs. Elizabeth Lee our unit adjutant is a full time mom with full time job. Seeing a  positive results from the program and the surrounding communities she and Mr. Lee  is now a full time volunteer for the program.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        :     Our staffs:  DI : Andrew McCollum,   Al Chanthirat, Russ Lee



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