Young Marines Program
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office received their charter on May 13, 2014, from the National Young Marines Program Headquarters and Sergeant Norman Phillips was designated as the Unit Commander. The Young Marine Program is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, age eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The Program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork, and self-discipline, so their members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle while being productive members of their community.
Over the past five years, the PPSO Young Marines staff of adult volunteers have graduated over 100 Young Marines in five recruit training classes. The PPSO Young Marine recruit training class is unique to any other Young Marine Program. The PPSO Young Marines Program developed a challenging nine-week recruit training class that is run once a year, that molds our youth into Young Marines. This class emphasizes leadership, honoring Veterans, physical fitness, Drug Demand Reduction, community service, first aid/ CPR and citizenship. The recruit classes culminate with a demanding three-hour physical field exercise at the Woodland Trails where the recruits use many of the skills, they learned over the previous eight weeks. The most recent class graduated on May 18, 2019, with 23 new Young Marines.
The PPSO Young Marine Program goes beyond the mandated 26 hours of recruit training with a 40-hour program. With 47 active Young Marines, the staff continues to advance and develop the Young Marines through the National Young Marines Program as they obtain rank and ribbons signifying tasks or milestones that they have completed. Some of these significant events include basic and advanced swimming skills, marksmanship training, fundraising, public speaking, CPR, leadership and citizenship projects, participating in events honoring veterans, volunteering in the community, attending encampments, participating in leadership schools, etc. The Young Marines meet bi-weekly on Saturdays for training and other activities. Some other events the PPSO Young Marines do are attending Baby Cakes, Pelicans and New Orleans Saints games. Some events the PPSO Young Marines will be doing during the summer of 2019 is a tour of a World War II destroyer (USS KIDD) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana State Capitol tour and a day at the Gulf Island Water Park in Gulfport, Mississippi. All these events are done at no cost to the Young Marines due to the fundraising efforts. The PPSO Young Marines have raised over $15,000 through donations, car washes and fundraising sales.
Every year the PPSO Young Marines organize a Young Marine Birthday Ball celebrating the birthday of the National Young Marine Program with food and entertainment for over 100 Young Marines and their family members. There is also an annual Drug Demand Reduction 5-kilometer walk/ run to raise the awareness of the National Young Marine anti-drug use campaign. In 2018 the PPSO Young Marines had over 100 participants.
The PPSO Young Marines also has a color guard team that participates in events all over the Parish, such as the Seafood Festival, Orange Festival, Cochon De Lait, and events honoring veterans to name just a few. The PPSO Young Marines staff has also developed a curriculum they teach annually on anti-bullying that incorporates Krav Maga.
Annually, PPSO Young Marine Program starts their recruit training class in July. Do you have what it takes?
Young Marine National Headquarters
PPSO Young Marine Facebook Page
Link to Young Marine Application
Capt Mark Sauer, Director
Sergeant Norman Phillips, Unit Commander
Dianna Seiffert, Adjutant