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. 'VARIOUS TYPES OF RECRUIT TRAINING. FOLLOWS TWO MARINE RECRUITS FROM THEIR FIRST DAY
US Marine Corps
training film MN-10143.
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Public domain film
from the US National Archives
, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
United States Marine Corps Recruit Training
, commonly known as "boot camp", is a 13 week program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to join the United States Marine Corps. All enlisted individuals entering the Marine Corps
, regardless of eventual active or reserve duty status, will undergo recruit training at one of the two Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRD): Parris Island
, South Carolina
, or San Diego, California
recruits from the 8th, 9th and 12th recruiting districts (predominantly areas west of the Mississippi River
) are sent to MCRD San Diego
. All recruits from the 1st, 4th and 6th recruiting districts, are sent to Parris Island...
generally hold that their recruit training is the most physically and mentally difficult amongst the Uniformed Services
, citing that it is longer than the other branches, requires a more demanding Physical Fitness Test
), and has the strictest height and weight standards. Furthermore, only the Marines require 500
meter marksmanship qualification, while the Army
meter qualiication and the others significantly less...
An average day typically begins before sunrise. Reveille
is sounded and all recruits present
themselves for accountability. After personal hygiene and morning clean-up, recruits will perform physical training (only on Monday through Saturday). After the morning
meal, the recruits begin the day's scheduled training, which may include classes, drill, or martial arts. On Sundays
, recruits are offered the morning to attend various religious services and personal time (often called "Square-Away Time
"). After the noon meal, the day's training continues until the evening meal, typically around 1700
to 1800 (5:00 to 6:00 pm). After this time, recruits will have hygiene time to shower, clean their weapons, and clean their barracks. Recruits
also get roughly 1 hour of square away time after this, personal time for recruits to engage in personal activities such as preparing uniforms or equipment, writing letters, working out, or doing laundry. Recruits are not free from their Drill Instructors
(DIs) or allowed to leave the squad bay during this time. In preparation to sleep, recruits may hydrate, pray together for five minutes, ensure footlockers and rifles are locked, and often recite the Rifleman's Creed
or Marines' Hymn
before hitting the rack. Lights-out can range from 2000
(8:00 to 10:00 pm), depending on the next day's activities.
Recruits are organized by regiment, battalion, company, platoon, squad, and often fireteam. A Recruit Training Regiment
is composed of three recruit training battalions (at Parris Island, there is an additional battalion to train female recruits). All three of the male battalions are made up of four companies, while the female battalion comprises three. Each company is broken down into two series, designated as Lead
, which may have between one and four platoons, depending on the number of recruits in the company at the time the training cycle begins...
Each series is broken down into a number of platoons, usually from two to four in each. These platoons will be the basic unit for recruit training, assigned a four digit number as identification. Drill instructors
are assigned to each platoon, and will usually stay from the beginning to the end of training. The Senior Drill Instructor
of each platoon will select recruits to billets of responsibility, to mimic command and staff positions of a Marine
unit. The selections often change on the whims of the drill instructors, and can include:
- the platoon guide, the senior-most recruit responsible for carrying the platoon's guidon
- four squad leaders, each in charge of one-fourth of the platoon; they may choose to further subdivide their squads into four-man fire teams
- a scribe, responsible for maintaining administrative records such as the interior guard schedule
- a whiskey locker recruit, responsible for maintaining the platoon's supplies
- house mouse, who cleans the normally off-limits drill instructors' offices..
- published: 19 Nov 2013
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