All the branches offer doors to success, but since we are talking Marines here I have a couple of examples.
The first was a Marine Corporal of nearly 50 years ago, but is now a respected physician.
The other was also a corporal who entered the Corps as a 17 year old high school dropout and is now a full professor as a major university. She credits her hitch in the USMC as teaching her how to set a goal and follow it to completion.
Do not worry about hunger he will eat and eat well, but what he will not be able to do is raid the refrigerator in between meals. Besides he is a teen and when is any young teen male not hungry.
Yes at times he will be cold as well as hot, covered in sweat, dirt , grime and stink. Those are all temporary conditions and he will clean up really well and will outshine everyone in his dress blues. When you see him in his dress blues Momof2 you are going to bust with pride mark my words.
I say this to you not as a Marine myself, but as a Navy Corpsman that had the honor of serving along side of them. If I could take 50 years off my age I’d do it again too.
Now to all you USAF and Army vets I have all the respect in the world for you , but I will tease you without mercy and I expect the same in return. All in good fun though.
FYI my dad was a gunner in B 17s with the Mighty 8th during WW II and we’d tease each other.