L.I.N.K.S. stands for Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills. It is an interactive acculturation program to Marine Corps life and the local installation. Participants learn about Corps history and rank, local installation resources, services, and benefits, military pay, separation and deployment, crossroad options, communication styles, investing in the community and Marine Corps traditions.
L.I.N.K.S. provides military spouses, kids, teens, parents and Marines an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle with classes on tradition, culture, deployments, relocation and much more. All are encouraged to attend. The L.I.N.K.S. program now offers multiple classes to accommodate all aspects of a Marine’s family: L.I.N.K.S. Foundations, L.I.N.K.S. for Teens, L.I.N.K.S. for School-Age Kids, L.I.N.K.S. for Marines, and L.I.N.K.S. for Marine Parents and Extended Family. L.I.N.K.S was developed in 1997 by a group of Marine spouses who saw a need for a Marine Corps 101 class for families that included ways to network and support each other. Since then, L.I.N.K.S has grown to become THE networking and mentorship program for spouses, kids, teens, parents and even Marines. Join a class today, make friends, have fun and learn how to be the best support system for your Marine and others.
|Monday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
|Tuesday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
|Wednesday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
|Thursday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
|Friday||7:30am - 4:00pm|
THE MEANING OF L.I.N.K.S.
- L - Lifestyle is a way of living; in this case, understanding the military community and unique lifestyle it offers.
- I - Insights come from experienced Marine Corps spouses, who relate their experiences of living the Marine Corps lifestyle. These spouses understand first-hand what you are going through and who want to help you adapt to the new culture you married into.
- N - Networking represents the relationships formed during L.I.N.K.S. and throughout the Marine Corps journey.
- K - Knowledge is what you will leave with and what will help you understand and navigate the Marine Corps culture.
- S - Skills learned to help you enjoy and thrive in our Marine Corps community.
- Our Corps, Our Culture
- The Maze
- Events & Etiquette
- Pay & Entitlements
- Deployment 101
- Safe and Sound All around
- The Places You'll Go
- Building Your Network
- Investing in Your Community
L.I.N.K.S. 4 Kids is a fun-filled, half-day workshop for Marine kids ages 6-12. L.I.N.K.S. is delivered by MCFTB staff and mentor volunteers. The program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping youth adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. The curriculum targets school age youth 6-12 years old.
The climate is informal, with a fun nurturing structure and format. Youth receive real life tips, information on Marine Corps culture, and available resources to enable them to help themselves.
L.I.N.K.S. 4 Kids is a forum for youth to pass on their Marine Corps Lifestyle insights in a positive, casual, and fun environment; using the concept of “helping others help themselves.” L.I.N.K.S. 4 Kids provides school age youth the opportunity to make new friends and enjoy being a part of the Marine Corps family.
Introduction - Introduce youth participants to L.I.N.K.S. and help them feel comfortable with one another and their surroundings.
The Marines Corps - Provide an overview of the organization and mission of the Marine Corps.
My Hero is Away - Understand deployments you may encounter as a Marine Corps youth.
Are you Plugged in? - Develop an awareness of internet safety.
Smooth Move - Provide knowledge, tips and information for a successful military move.
Friends Rule - Understand characteristics of being a good friend.
Community Connection - Discuss the importance of becoming involved in your neighborhood.
Celebration - Celebration of the L.I.N.K.S. journey and encourage you to “Pass the Word” to other youth.
Marine Corps Teens look to one another to:
- Understand the Marine Corps mission and how it affects them
- Access (ACE) the knowledge and develop the skills to successfully meet the challenges ahead
- Make new friends and reach new levels
Introduction - Introduce the L.I.N.K.S. concept and welcomes teens to the Marine Corps Family.
The Corps - Provide an overview of the organization and mission of the Marine Corps. Discuss basic history, tradition and culture.
Map it Out - Become more informed about the many services, benefits, and privileges Marine Corps families have and how to access them.
Show Me the Money - Educate teens on financial awareness.
The Real Deal - Understand separations and deployments you may encounter as a Marine Corps Teen and to be emotionally and intellectually prepared.
Marine Teens on the Move - Provide knowledge, tips and information for a successful military family move.
Getting Along - Understand other cultures and backgrounds and to focus on getting along.
Community Connection - Discuss the importance and benefits of becoming involved in each new community and to encourage participants to discover the opportunities available in each of these communities.
Celebration - Summation of the L.I.N.K.S. journey and encouragement to participants to continue developing their knowledge and skills — and to “Pass the Word” to other teens.
Introduction - Introduces the L.I.N.K.S. concept and welcomes Marines.
The Maze: Benefits and Services - An overview of benefits, privileges, and resources available to Marines and their families; including the location of these services and how to access their wealth of information.
Pay Day - Explains the differences between a civilian and a military paycheck, while introducing the Leave and Earning Statement (LES), including a general discussion on basic pay and allowances. Beneficial financial management tips are also presented.
Separation and Deployment - Discusses the inevitable separations or deployments Marines and their families will experience, and to educate the Marine of the emotional impact associated with the absence.
Crossroads: Moving in the Military - Insights on the moving process; everything from the first packer’s inspection to clearing quarters.
Getting Along - Focuses on healthy interaction with others in the family and community. Insights into the role of the Navy Chaplain and family support.
Staying Marine - Provides participants with information on the benefits and opportunities for those who choose to “Stay Marine”.
Celebration - Summation of the L.I.N.K.S. journey and encouragement to participants to continue developing their knowledge and skills
L.I.N.K.S. for Marine parents and extended family members recognizes that for many of our Marines, their parents and extended family members play a major role in their lives, providing both support and advice. The content focuses on parents and the extended family new to the Marine Corps community. The program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping the participant better understand the unique challenges military life often presents. With an increased level of understanding comes an increased ability to provide support and advice as the parent or family member of a Marine. It is imperative to understand however, that family members who are non-ID card holders will be unable to utilize many of the services listed within this document.
Introduction - Introduces the L.I.N.K.S. concept and welcomes participants to the Marine Corps family.
The Corps - The United States Marine Corps - Outlines USMC structure and mission to include Navy personnel attached to USMC units. Provides historical insights and discusses traditions.
- National Defense Organization
- History of the USMC
- Marine Corps Oaths
- Marine Corps Recruiting Command
- USMC Installations
- Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF)
- Marine Forces Structure
- Marine Expeditionary Force Structure
- USMC Rank Structure
- USMC Uniforms
- USMC Social Functions
- Common Terms Used in the Marine Corps
- How to Tell Military Time
- Marine Language Quiz
- Glossary of Traditional Marine Corps Language
- USMC Acronyms
The Maze - The Maze: Benefits and Services - An overview of benefits, privileges, and resources available to USMC families; including the location of these services and how to access their wealth of information. This section is provided for information only, as non-ID cardholders many parents and extended family members are unable to access many of these services.
- Local Map/Resources
- MCCS Programs and Services
- Other Quality of Life Programs and Services
- Casualty Procedures
Pay Day - Explain the differences between a civilian and a military paycheck, while introducing the Leave and Earning Statement (LES), including a general discussion on basic pay and allowances. Beneficial financial management tips are also presented.
- Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
- Pay and Allowances and Deductions
Separation and Deployment - Discuss the inevitable separations Marine families experience and provide suggestions on how to successfully balance the additional responsibilities when your Marine is away.
- Corresponding with Your Marine’s Leadership
- Deployment Emergency Contact Sheet
- Deployment Checklist
- Operational Security (OPSEC)
- Care Packages
- Activities for Children
- Return, Reunion, and Re-Integration
Crossroads - Moving in the Military - Insights on the moving process; everything from the first packer’s inspection to clearing quarters.
- Information Gathering-Who can help (RAP/Military OneSource/Sponsor)
- Money and Moves-Allowances and Entitlements
- Checklist for Moving
- Household Goods (HHG) Claims Information
- Words of Wisdom (WOW)
Staying Marine - There are many reasons why “Staying Marine” makes sense financially, emotionally and professionally. This section offers some of the more notable reasons to stay and provides a sample career progression for officers and enlisted alike.
- Example Career Progression - Officer
- Example Career Progression - Enlisted
- MOS Roadmaps - Paths toward Promotion
- Military Occupational Specialties (MOS)
- “Stay Marine” Overview
- Stay Marine - 11 Benefits
- Benefits at a Glance