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. 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