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Eligibility

Any non-delinquent, healthy boy or girl 14 to 17 years of age may become a Devil Pup. The encampment is at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.  Candidates must pass a physical fitness test (PFT) to qualify for the encampment.  

Candidates are accepted from all walks of life, regardless of race or creed. The most important factor in the final acceptance process is the candidate's desire to become a Devil Pup.

Through the program, Devil Pups learn to live with each other day to day and learn the concept of working together as a team.

To pass the PFT, a candidate must reach a minimum score of 175 points, 400 points maximum.  The minimum score is overall; each event has a maximum score of 100 points for each of the four events. You need a combination of points from all four events to reach the minimum score. The four events are:  pull-ups (boys), flexed-arm hang (girls), maximum number of crunches in two minutes, maximum set of push-ups in two minutes, and a timed 1-mile run.

All prospective Pups will be disqualified for the encampment if they:

  1. ARE MARRIED

  2. HAVE CHILDREN

  3. HAVE ASTHMA

  4. TAKE PRESCRIBED MEDICATION

  5. ARE PREGNANT

  6. HAVE ANY HISTORY OF “CUTTING,” “BURNING,” OR OTHER SIGNS OF SELF-MUTILATION.

  7. HAVE ANY ARREST CONVICTIONS

  8. HAVE GANG TATTOOS

  9. HAVE VISIBLE TATTOOS, SPECIFICALLY FACIAL OR NECK TATTOOS

  10. HAVE PIERCINGS (tongue, face, belly button, etc. – all jewelry must be removed) You are automatically disqualified if you have “gaged” ears, aka “plugs”. These are safety hazards and will not be permitted at any time during the encampment.

  11. ARE GANG MEMBERS

  12. SMOKE OR TAKE DRUGS. THERE IS NO SMOKING OR DRUG USAGE ALLOWED.

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