May 23, 2015 Memorial Day 5K run (Marietta, GA)

The Metro Atlanta Young Marines were invited to be present for the Marietta 5K run for Memorial Day 2015.


May 23, 2015 -Memorial Day – Georgia National Cemetery

The Metro Atlanta Young Marines had the pleasure and honor to pay respect for our fallen Military Service man and woman.



May 16, 2015 (MAYM Volunteering for BattleFrog Run – Conyers, GA)

Our Young Marines from Metro Atlanta volunteered to do the Color Guard and also decided to run one of the toughest run out there.  MAYM had the pleasure of meeting Retired US Navy Seals and also the Mr. Lee Haney 8 times Mr. Olympia.

Battle Frog’s race made their mark in the Obstacle Course Race (OCR) here in Atlanta in 2014, with rave reviews across the board. BattleFrog’s believe in never-quit creativity on our courses—both in us designing them and you running them. BattleFrog’s are already plotting our schemes that will take you over a variety of terrain between rugged trails, swamps, streams, through ponds, through tunnels, open fields, on granite rock, and grass (Young Marines who ran the race: who knew running on grass with what we have planned could be so tough!).


March 14, 2015 (Drill -1) Marksmanship

It was a great time to see the Young Marines in attendance learn Basic Marksmanship and do practical exercise on shooting rifles. All YMs love this type of training and some even excel so well on it. We had the pleasure to have Master Range Instructor Mr. Joseph “Joe” Collins from the Pickens County Sportsmanship Club, he assisted on Marksmanship with some of the Young Marines. It was an awesome site to see YMs that couldn’t hit the target in the beginning and then qualify with an 80% or higher.

The Young Marine Marksmanship Ribbon will be awarded to all YMs in attendance:
Young Marine must receive instruction in and successfully meet criteria established by a qualified marksmanship instructor in the following Core Course of Study:
a. Firearms Safety
b. Smart and Safe Handing of Firearms
c. Rifle parts and components
d. Home Firearm Safety


February 14, 2014 (Drill – 1) CPR / 1st Aid Training

One of the major things all Young Marines learn and must stay up to date with it is Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), which we had the pleasure to have a great instructor that also teaches health at the high school level.   Thank you, Mrs. Whitfield for a great day of training and practical instruction given to the Young Marines.

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Jose Peralta (SGT-USMC Ret.)




January 24, 2014 (Drill – 2)

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Another good drill, always preparing for future events coming up, and always starting the day with some Physical Training (PT).  We all had fun on putting together our tents and even had a small competition to see who can be the fastest team on putting one up.


Jose Peralta (SGT-USMC Ret)



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January 10, 2014 (Drill – 1)

It was a good Drill day, the Young Marines started with Physical Fitness (PT) on a cold early morning.  Then to our Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) class about teenagers and Steroids.  The late morning training was involved on our continued 6 months training to obtain the Conservation Ribbon.

1st Part of the Conservation Ribbon is:  Construct and maintain a birdfeeder for at least three months, including one winter month. The birdfeeder must be placed in a safe location away from predatory animals. The Young Marine must identify no less than 6 species of birds using the feeder during the same three-month period.

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The best part of any Young Marines is when promotion time, that is the day they all look forward to after their hard work and dedication to the program and themselves.

The Metro Atlanta Young Marines Staff wants to congratulate the newly promoted Young Marines:  YMSgtMaj Athan Bennett,  YMLCpls’  Joshua Kattaron and Vinson Friedel and PFC Michael DiLeonardo.

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XO Jose Peralta (USMC/Ret.)

Metro Atlanta Young Marines


December 20, 2014 Toys for Toys

Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. The program was founded in 1947 by reservist Major  Bill Hendricks. 

The Metro Atlanta Young Marines assisted on the building of bikes, and distributing toys for different ages and locations thru the Atlanta area and as always having fun doing it.

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XO Jose Peralta (USMC/Ret.)

Metro Atlanta Young Marines


Veteran's Day Parade, Canton, GA 2014

November 8, 2014 – Recruit Graduation Class 1-2014 and Veteran’s Day Parade

It was a wonderful day for the Veterans day Parade in downtown Canton, GA.

Veteran's Day Parade, Canton, GA 2014

Veteran’s Day Parade, Canton, GA 2014


We also want to welcome all our new Young Marines to the program.  Recruit Class 1-2014 has completed their 8 week recruit training on November 8, 2014.  Welcome aboard Young Marines class 1-2014!!

Graduation day for Recruit Class 1-2014

Graduation day for Recruit Class 1-2014

Jose Peralta(USMC/Ret.)

Executive Officer

Metro Atlanta Young Marines