The Meaning of L.I.N.K.S
L - Lifestyle is a way of living; in this case, it means understanding the military community and the 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 you form during L.I.N.K.S. and throughout your journey in the Marine Corps.
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.
The United States Marine Corps derives its vitality and viability from its core values: HONOR, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT. These values are demonstrated daily, wherever Marines are engaged, and they are manifested in the pledge to “take care of their own.” These same principles underlie the dedicated service of Marine families who seek to help themselves and each other to ensure family well being, support their communities, and positively impact mission readiness.
Part of ensuring this mission readiness is the program L.I.N.K.S., which provides you with the information and tools that will help improve your lifestyle as a Marine spouse, family member or significant other. Even if you think that you know everything about the Marine Corps, there are always new ideas and information to be shared. If you are a member of the Marine Corps family, L.I.N.K.S. will help you to understand and be better equipped for this unique way of life.
All Marines, spouses, children, teens, and parents of Marines are eligible to participate in L.I.N.K.S. Additionally, other Service members and spouses serving with Marines, and Marine Corps civilian employees and spouses are eligible. Topics covered in the various trainings include:
•Marine Corps history, tradition and language
•Benefits and services
•Dealing with separation and deployments
•Tips on moving