Recruiting is under way for the Central Ohio Young Marines.

Recruiting is under way for the Central Ohio Young Marines.

The unit's base of operations is the Plain City/Pleasant Valley Joint Fire Department building at 650 W. Main St., Plain City.

A "Meet the Young Marines" event is scheduled to take place at the PC/PV Joint Fire Department building from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16. Young Marines and adult staff members of the unit will be available to answer questions about the program.

Training for COYM Recruit Class 2013-1 will take place April 27-28, May 4-5 and May 11-12. Most of the training will take place at the PC/PV Joint Fire Department building. Cost to join is $50, which covers annual dues, a unit T-shirt, training guide book, uniforms and assorted other items.

Young Marines recruit training consists of a 26-hour orientation program, spread out over several meetings. During "boot camp" training, youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness and military rank structure. During the regular meetings that follow, Young Marines have the opportunity to learn more skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marines uniform and work toward ribbon awards for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education.

The Young Marines of the Marine Corps League is a national organization that provides boys and girls age 8 through high school graduation with development programs that promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

For more information visit CentralOhioYoung Marines.com.