Serving Marines and their families in the Phoenix

east valley area since 1982

            Our 'East Valley Young Marines' Detachment. 
 link to their calendar

Saguaro Detachment 554 is proud to sponsor the EAST VALLEY YOUNG MARINES. The Young Marines are an independent National community-based, youth education and service program for boys and girls from ages 8 through the completion of high school.  The Young Marines promote the mental, moral, and physical development of today's youth.  The Young Marines program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle for over 40 years.

Picture above is Young Marines at the 2008 Navajo Code Talker Celebration in Window Rock


The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and a healthy drug-free lifestyle.  Upon joining, the youth undergo a demanding 26 hour orientation program spread out over several weeks.  This orientation program is called "Boot Camp."  The youth learn the general Young Marine subjects such as history, drill, physical fitness, customs and courtesies, and military rank structure.  After graduation from "Boot Camp," Young Marines are eligible to start learning more new skills, earn rank and ribbons, wear the Young Marines uniform, and participate in Unit Activities.

                           What are the Unit Activities?

Depending on the Unit you join you may be involved in many activities below are some of which you may be involved in: 

  • Community projects to honor Veterans
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Hiking and camping
  • Physical fitness activities and training
  • Character building and life skills
  • Community Service Participation in parades and community events
  • Drug resistance education First aid and CPR
  • Leadership training and practical application
  • Various National and International summer programs

Picture above is Patriot Bn Young Marines that participated in the 2008 Navajo Code Talker Celebration in Window Rock, AZ in August 2008

                              Young Marine Background

In today's world, there are many opportunities for young Americans to be led astray into crime, drug use, poor academic performance, as well as other vices. In the Young Marines, peer pressure is exerted toward wholesome ends such as school work, sports, physical fitness and other school and community activities.

As part of the national effort to "stem the tide" of drug use, the National Defense Authorization Act of 1993 tasked the Secretary of Defense with the establishment of programs aimed at reducing the demand for illegal drugs. The U.S. Marine Corps' response was to officially recognize the Young Marines in July 1993, as the focal organization for the Marine Corps' contribution to Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts. The Young Marines is an IRS approved 501c(3) tax exempt youth educational organization.

The Young Marine units are run by dedicated adult volunteers. Adult leaders are individually screened by the National Headquarters based on background information and recommendations provided with each person's registration.

Currently there are over 200 Young Marine units nationwide as well as 4 units in Okinawa, Japan. Internationally, there are over 14,000 Young Marine members and 2,200 adult staff volunteers. On the national level, the program consists of a National Director and 2 Assistant Directors. In addition, there is a Young Marines Board of Directors consisting of 12 members who are elected for 3-year terms.

       Young Marines Units in the East Valley
 Chandler Mustangs
 2100 S Cooper Rd
 Chandler, AZ, 85249
 (480) 897-8835
 Contact: George  Meegan

Unit Web Site

 East Valley 
 2130 E. University Dr. 
 Mesa, AZ, 85213
 (480) 570-4032
 Contact: Frank (Gunny) Alger
Unit Web Site

 Salt River
 4815 N Center
 Center and Chaparral
 Scottsdale, AZ, 85256
 (480) 383-9766
 Contact: Alvin Lewis
Unit Web Site