The Marine Corp Delayed Entry Program is a program under which an individual may enlist in a Reserve or Inactive Component of Marine service and specify a future reporting date for entry on active duty in the Active Component that would coincide with availability of training spaces and with personal plans such as high school graduation.
Why should I join the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program first?
By joining via the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, you give yourself up to an entire year to research, think about, and decide if you made the right choice in joining the military; while ensuring that you get locked in for the training, tour length and duty station of your choice.
What if I decide that I don't want to go?
Then you do not have to go. It's as simple as that. You should know that there are ways to go about removing yourself from the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program. Keep in mind, your time in Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program ends once you report for basic training.
What if I am in the Delayed Entry Program but want to change my enlistment options?
Although your recruiter will not tell you this or make it easy, you can renegotiate your contract at any time while you are in the Delayed Entry Program.
Am I subject to the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) while I am in the
USMC Delayed Entry Program?
No. You do not have to abide by military law until you actually leave for basic training or boot camp.
If you have any questions about the Delayed Entry Program, feel free to email us using the form below. We’ll provide you with more specific detail and even link you up with other recruits and soldiers to help you make better decisions regarding your military career.