U.S. Marines – United States Marine Corps

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Weekly Training Schedule

Week 1

Intro to Physical Training
Intro to Core Values
Intro to the M-16A2 Service Rifle
Intro to Circuit Course
Obstacle Course I
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

Week 2

Strength & Endurance Course
Pugil Sticks I
Bayonet Training
First Aid classes
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
Core Values classes
Academic classes
Physical Training
Obstacle Course II

Week 3

Log Drills
First Aid classes
Senior Drill Instructor Inspection Confidence Course I
Pugil Sticks II
Academic classes
Physical Training
Initial Drill Evaluation
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program

Week 4

Initial Physical Fitness Test
Core Values Classes
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
Pugil Sticks III
Museum Tour
Academic classes
Movement to WFTBN
Confidence Course II
Series Officer Inspection

Week 5

3 Mile Hike
Marksmanship Training
5 Mile Hike
Core Values classes
Physical Training

Week 6

Marksmanship Qualification
Physical Training

Week 7

Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
8-Mile Hike
Field Training
Confidence (Gas) Chamber
Field Firing

Week 8

The Crucible
Core Values classes
Warrior’s Breakfast
Equipment Inspection
Movement back to MCRD

Week 9

1st Uniform Issue & Fit
Swim qualification
Marine Corps Martial Arts Program- Testing
Core Values classes
Defensive Driving Course
Intermediate Physical Fitness Test

Week 10

Small Unit Leadership
Final Uniform Issue & Fit
Interior Guard
Physical Training
Blood Drive
Obstacle Course III

Week 11

Family of the Corps Presentation
Practical Examination
Final Physical Fitness Test
Rappelling
Company Commander’s Inspection

Week 12

Final Drill Evaluation
Battalion Commander?s Inspection
Motivation Run
Emblem Ceremony
Family Day and Base Liberty
Graduation

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What’s Next?

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Following recruit training and graduation, the new Marines will go on to further their training.

To do this, the Marines will report to the School of Infantry which is located at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Marines who are designated as infantry Marines are assigned to the Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry for military occupational specialty training. After graduating, these Marines will be assigned to their first permanent duty station.

All non-infantry Marines are assigned to Marine Combat Training (MCT) Battalion, School of Infantry for training. MCT reinforces and expands on the basic Marine-combat skills learned in recruit training. Following MCT, Marines atte

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Family Day

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Family Day and Graduation take place on the last two days while on MCRD. Family Day occurs on Thursday and gives new Marines a chance to see their family and friends for the first time during on-base liberty. Graduation is conducted on Friday at the completion of the Transition Phase. It is a formal ceremony and parade, attended by family and friends and executed on the Shepherd Field parade deck.

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Transition Phase

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The last four weeks of training are spent aboard MCRD and are filled with final required events such as the Practical Examination, Physical Fitness Test, Battalion Commander?s Inspection and Company Drill. This is also the period in which the recruits begin to transition from the role of recruit to Marine. The culmination of this is the presentation of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, signifying the new Marine?s successful completion of recruit training.

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The Crucible

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The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining moment in recruit training.

The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching.

The entire Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together solving problems, overcoming obstacles and helping each other along.

The obstacles they face range from long marches, combat assault courses, the problem-solving reaction course, and the team-building Warrior Stations. Each Warrior Station is named for a Marine hero whose actions epitomize the values we want recruits to espouse.During the crucible, recruits face obstacles that require them to work together.

Bottom line — The Crucible is a rite of passage that, through shared sacrifice, recruits will never forget. With that memory and their Core Values learned in recruit training, they can draw upon the experience to face any challenge in their path.

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Field Firing Range (FFR)

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FFR is a portion of training devoted to firing weapons in a field condition. During marksmanship training, recruits learn how to fire at a single target while in a stationary position. During FFR recruits learn how to fire at moving and multiple targets, while under low-light conditions and wearing their field protective (gas) mask.

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Marksmanship Training

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Marksmanship training teaches recruits the fundamentals of marksmanship with their M-16A2 service rifle. This training takes place over two weeks, the first of which is called Snap-In Week. During this week, recruits are introduced to the four shooting positions (standing, kneeling, sitting and prone) and a Primary Marksmanship Instructor shows recruits how to fire, how to adjust their sights, how to take into account the effects of the weather, etc. Recruits also have the opportunity to fire on the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Training machine. During the second week of marksmanship training, recruits actually fire a known-distance course with ranges of 200, 300 and 500 yards. Recruits prepare for rifle qualification on Friday of that week.

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Field Training

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Field Training introduces recruits to field living and conditions. During the 3-day field training evolution, recruits will learn basic field skills from setting up a tent to field sanitation and camouflage. It is also during this training that recruits go through the gas chamber.

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Combat Water Survival

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Training in Combat Water Survival develops a recruit’s confidence in the water. All recruits must pass the minimum requirement level of Combat Water Survival-4, which requires recruits to perform a variety of water survival and swimming techniques. If a recruit meets the CWS-4 requirements, he may upgrade to a higher level. All recruits train in the camouflage utility uniform, but those upgrading may be required to train in full combat gear, which includes a rifle, helmet, flak jacket and pack.

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Confidence Course

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The Confidence Course is an 11-station obstacle course that helps recruits build confidence as well as upper-body strength. Recruits will tackle this course twice while aboard the MCRD.

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Core Values

The Corps’ Core Values are Honor, Courage and Commitment. These values make up the bedrock of a Marine’s character. During recruit training, recruits are taught these Core Values and the numerous others attached to them, such as integrity, discipline, teamwork, duty and esprit de Corps. Drill instructors, recruit training officers and Navy chaplains teach specific Core Values classes, but drill instructors also talk one-on-one with recruits after other training events to see what values were learned and how they affect the recruits. For example, a drill instructor might talk about overcoming fears after rappelling or not giving up after a long march.

Our 32nd Commandant, Gen. James L. Jones, envisioned a program to enable every Marine to realize their full potential as a warrior. Drawing upon our rich legacy of leadership and heritage of innovation, the Marine Corps developed the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. It is a martial art whose roots reach back from the boarding parties of the Continental Marines, extend through the Raiders of World War II and include the modern complexities of the three-block war.

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Academic Training

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Recruits will also exercise their minds through academics training in subjects ranging from Marine Corps history, Marine customs and courtesies, and basic lifesaving procedures. Recruits will also take an academic test while in recruit training.

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Physical Training

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Physical Training, or “PT” as it is often called, comes in many forms aboard the MCRD. Recruit training uses a progressive physical training program, which builds up recruits to Marine Corps standards. Recruits will experience Table PT, a period of training in which a drill instructor leads several platoons through a series of demanding exercises while he demonstrates on a table. Recruits will also run, either individually or as a platoon or squad. Other PT consists of obstacle courses, circuit courses, or 3-, 5- or 10-mile conditioning

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Drill

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Drill is the basic way in which platoons march and move from place to place. At first, recruits will practice just staying in step with the rest of the platoon and the drill instructor. However, as training continues, the platoon becomes a well-oiled machine performing synchronous, complex drill movements. During recruit training, platoons will also compete in two drill competitions. Drill is mainly used to instill discipline, team pride and unit cohesion.

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Forming

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Forming is the period when recruits are taken to their training companies and they “meet” their drill instructors for the first time. During Forming’s 2 days, recruits learn the basics: how to march, how to wear their uniform, how to secure their weapon, etc. This period of time allows recruits to adjust to the recruit training way of life before the first actual training day.

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Recruit Receiving

ImageThe first stop is at Recruit Receiving, where new recruits spend the first few days of their recruit training experience. Here they will receive their first haircut and their initial gear issue, which includes items like uniforms, toiletries and letter writing supplies. During this time recruits will also be given a full medical and dental screening, and take the Initial Strength Test. This test consists of a one and a half mile run, sit-ups and pull-ups to test recruits to see if they’re in shape to begin training.
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Taking Up the Challenge

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It has been said time and time again by former Marines that Marine Corps recruit training was the most difficult thing they ever had to do in their entire lives. In order to train the world’s most elite fighting force, it has to be that way.

Upon arrival at the MCRD, a new recruit begins a virtually non-stop journey, the end of which results in the transformation of that recruit into a new Marine.

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About the Marines

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The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. While concerned almost exclusively with shipboard security service and amphibious warfare in its formative years, the Marine Corps has evolved to fill a unique, multi-purpose role within the modern United States military.

The Marine Corps is the second smallest of the five branches (Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard) of the U.S. military, with 172,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2005. Only the United States Coast Guard, part of the Department of Homeland Security, is smaller. In absolute terms, the US Marine Corps is nonetheless larger than the armed forces of many major nations; it is larger than the British Army, for example.

Both the Marine Corps and the United States Navy fall under the umbrella of the Department of the Navy. While organizationally separate forces, the two services work closely together.

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Bases

Arizona

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Yuma, Arizona

California

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, California
Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Santa Ana, California (closed)
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, California
Marine Corps Air Station Tustin, Tustin, California (closed)
Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Barstow, California
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (HQ Western Recruiting Region), San Diego, California
Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California
– Marine Corps Air Station, Camp Pendleton
– Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton

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Core Values

Generations of Americans have given special meaning to the title United States Marine. These same men and women live by a set of enduring Core Values which form the bedrock of their character. These Core Values give Marines strength and regulate their behavior; they bond the Marine Corps into a total force that can meet any challenge.

Honor

Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior: to never lie cheat or steal, to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, respect human dignity and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions.

Courage

Courage is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in Marines. It carries them through the hardships of combat and helps them overcome fear. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to do what is right, to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure.

Commitment

Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables 24-hour a day dedication to Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.

More on the Core Values of the United States Marine Corps
USMC Core Values Part II
USMC Core Values Part III

 

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