Westover Young Marines
The Westover Young Marines was formed in October 1996 and has Marine Wing Support Squadron 472 and Marine Air Support Squadron 6 as Marine Corps sponsors. The unit is headquartered on Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, MA. The Westover unit is part of the “First Battalion Southern New England Regiment” which consists of four other Young Marine units; Natchaug River Young Marines located in Brooklyn CT, and Quinebaug Valley Young Marines located in Putnam CT. The unit is also part of the “Southern New England Regiment” which includes nine other units Blackstone Valley Young Marines located in Milford, MA, South Coast Young Marines located in New Bedford, MA Old Colony Young Marines located in Plymouth, MA and Boston Young Marines located in Boston, MA, Central Mass Young Marines located in Worchester, MA, Long Island Young Marines located on Long Island, NY, White Plaines Young Marines located in Westchester, NY and Rhode Island Young Marines located in Providence, MA. We have over 300 units around our great nation and around the entire world click here to see other units.
New recruiting is conducted once or twice a year with an average of 30 to 40 new recruits per enlistment. Be one of us and join the Westover Young Marines. The Westover unit is supported by over 30 registered adult staff consisting of active, reserve, retired and former military personnel in addition to civilian adults and parents of Young Marines.
Westover’s highly structured, year around program consists of Thursday night drills usually held at the base hanger, as well as special events and periodic weekend encampments. The weekly drills consist of a variety of classroom training which range in topics from Young Marines subjects and military history to fire prevention, Dare, American History and other special topics which can be taught by guest speakers. In addition to classroom training, Young Marines and recruits also practice formations, inspections, drilling techniques and physical training. Annually, the unit sponsors at least one Battalion and one Regimental encampment weekends. This enables Young Marines to train, observe and compete with fellow Young Marines from other units within the Battalion and Regiment. The weekend structure provides the necessary time for Young Marines to train and compete on obstacle/confidence courses, hold drill competitions and field meets, as well as enjoy the comforts of sleeping overnight in tents. There are also travel opportunities, in the US as the Young Marines participate in National Schools, adventures, encampments and challenges.
Please parents lets make this very clear, we are not in the business of molding Marines, Soldiers, Airman, or a Seamen so we do not teach weapons, tactics or warfare operations. Neither are we a recruiting tool for the USMC or to the Armed Forces. We are allowed to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on our uniforms and take pride in our appearance and conduct. We cannot give your child self-esteem, no one can give it, but we can provide the opportunities to earn it. We hold that when something is earned it has more value and is worth defending and keeping. The Young Marine program is not a program for couch potatoes or a baby-sitting service. Our program it’s challenging, exciting and motivating that requires a commitment to excel in the academic, physical and social aspects of life. So Please come and Joined US.