Marine Recruit Training
Where the Difference Begins
Marine Recruit Training is considered by most to be the hardest military training in the US Armed Forces. It is thirteen weeks, longer than any other branch of the military. The US Marine Corps prides itself on High Standards and Marine Recruit Training is where it all begins,
Many would say that Marine Recruit training has very tough physical challenges and in fact young people wanting to join the Marines believe that by getting in shape will guarantee an easy ride through basic training. The reality is the mental challenge is what will get most recruits in trouble during training. Learning to overcome the mental challenges is what will prepare a recruit to be an effective US Marine, challenges such as how to react to being yelled at constantly, being told you are worthless, having to move rapidly even when you feel you can not move anymore, feeling homesick, not good enough, all these challenges are ever present with the recruits, and they must learn to get the necessary motivation to continue by excelling at everything thrown at them. The platoon must learn to work together as a unit and they have to help each other to keep advance as a platoon and not as individuals.
What you will learn
Recruits at Marine Bootcamp will learn to march as a military platoon. In fact several hours are spent during the day to make sure the platoon looks good since that is the primary method of movement within the base. learning how to shoot a rifle is another very important aspect of recruit training, Marines are well known for being excellent rifle shooters, and several weeks are used to make sure Recruits know everything about is rifle and knows how to shoot it at a target.
Marine Recruit Training also teaches Water Survival skills. Marines will always be associated with the sea as an amphibious force so Recruits must be very familiar wit the water and know how to survive in case they are stranded.
Customs, traditions, history are big parts of the Marine Corps pride. Recruits spend every opportunity possible learning everything there is to know about the Marine Corps and that way they are instilled into what they are about to join, Whether is waiting at the chow hall, the barber, medical; Recruits will always have their knowledge books to study if time is available.
Recruits will learn to get in shape by running and running and running and more running. pull ups, sit ups, and many other exercises that will help them with the many physical challenges they will face when they become US Marines.
Martial Arts has become a very important part of Marine Corps training so recruits will learn the basics when in recruit training and once they become Marines they will be bale to advance to higher levels of Martial Arts.
There are many things recruits will learn in Bootcamp. The goal is to make sure that after 13 weeks of training basic ready Marines are provided for Marine forces throughout the world.
Most Recruits will graduate Marine Recruit training. Some will not due to medical reasons, past law problems, but most will have the satisfaction of being called a United States Marines which is an honor like no other. After 13 weeks of high levels of stress, being yelled at everyday, running everyday, well the easy part is over. The hard part begins as soon as the newest Marines walk out of Marine Recruit Training and the hard part is to make sure the highest standards of the Marine Corps are always upheld.
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