Alumni Spotlight: Mary Thacker

Mary during a Young Marines activity

Mary Elisabeth Thacker joined the Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines (TN) in 2006. During Mary’s time in the program, she rose up the rank structure and attended Junior, Senior, and Advanced Leadership School. Upon graduation day at Advanced Leadership School, Mary graduated in the top ten of her class and later attended the Young Marines National Symposium at Headquarters Young Marines. In 2015, Mary was honorably discharged from the program at the rank of YM/GySgt. Mary said, "Young Marines has set the stage for my work ethic and discipline." It shows!

Mary graduated from Tennessee Tech University.

From there, Mary has excelled in school. She earned her associate degree in Business and then pursued her bachelors degree in Marketing at Tennessee Tech University. During her college years, Mary had the opportunity to study abroad in Scotland. Next in her life, Mary will be attending the Disney College Program, for a second time, while diving deeper into marketing. She hopes to be adding to her degrees in grad school at Emerson College, Massachusetts for Publishing and Writing.

Mary credits her success to the Young Marines. "It has given me the stepping stones to be a good public speaker." She notes, "It was not until I left the Young Marines that I realized what the program has done for me.”

We are proud to count Mary as a registered member of the Young Marines Alumni Association.


The mission of the Young Marines Alumni Association is to be a vital partner in the success of the Young Marines! Through meaningful engagement and the support of lifelong connections, the Young Marines Alumni Association aims to strengthen all Young Marines - past, present, and future.

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