Leadership         Discipline         Teamwork
Core Values of the Young Marines


Thank you for your interest in the Young Marines.

We started our first Young Marine Unit in Knoxville, TN in 1997 and named it after Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, a World War II US Marine Medal of Honor recipient who grew up in Knoxville. By late 2011, we had become so large that we decided to split into two units with some Young Marines and Registered Adult Leaders going with the new Unit, the North Knoxville Unit, and others staying in the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit based on proximity to their homes. The North Knoxville Unit normally drills in North Knoxville and the Lt. Bonnyman Unit normally drills in Maryville, TN.

This website serves both Knoxville-based Young Marine Units so any communication you make through this website will go to both units.

We hope that you enjoy our website and will be able to see through this website how both our Knoxville-based units are living up to the Young Marines motto of “Strengthening the Lives of America’s Youth.”

                         Virgil L. Young, Jr.                               James R. “J.R.” Scott
                         Unit Commander                                 Unit Commander
                         Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Unit              North Knoxville Unit

Young Marines at USMC Museum
Young Marines outside the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, VA during 2010 summer trip

The Young Marines is a national youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages eight through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership, promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is affiliated with the Marine Corps League, a national organization made up of former active-duty Marines and current active-duty Marines, and is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug demand Reduction efforts.

The Young Marines is not a recruitment tool for the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Lt Alexander Bonnyman and North Knoxville Young Marines at Parris Island - 2013