Mecklenburg County Young Marines
of Charlotte, NC
Serving: in NC - Gaston, Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and Union Counties
in SC - York and Lancaster Counties
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.
The 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.
Commandant 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. 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
Adjutant/Pay Master Kent Fiedor
(Mr. Fiedor has eight years of experience with the Boys Scouts of America. He has been the Finance Director, Asst Cub Master and is currently the Advancement Coordinator for BSA Troop 101. Mr. Fiedor grew up in a military family and his father-in-law is a retired Marine who is a current member and former Commandant of the Charlotte Marine Corps League Det 750. Mr. Fiedor holds an MBA from Wingate University and an BSBA in Finance from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He was the Finance Director for Cub Scout Packs 99 and 101. He was Pay Master for a previous Young Marines Unit and is currently the Battalion Adjutant as well.)