Recruit and Specialty Training
Transcript:>> LAURA SCHOOLCRAFT: As we journeyed with our son through his recruit training, just watching the transformation in him was amazing. And it was communicated through his letters home, that it--he was becoming--he was becoming a Marine. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: Well, I think the thing that--that struck me the most was the value of integrity that was demonstrated by the drill instructors and by others who were in charge. And that was what was expected of you. >> STEVE TALLENT: He really revered these drill instructors and would--would go on about the--just their character, their strength, their dedication to duty. >> CAPT. DAVID DENIAL: What we're doing here is we're transforming a civilian into a Marine. And that transformation process takes 12 weeks and a lot of training. >> MAJ. JASON SMITH: I think the best value that came out of entry-level training was the reordering of priorities. Your worth is what you bring to the team as a whole, not what the team does for you. 00:01:04:00 >> JOE LISI: When the Marine Corps takes you in as a recruit and then makes you strive to achieve the goal of becoming a Marine, you're doing something. You're tested to the limits, whether it's physical strength, mental stress, durability, all of those things, that's what they do. >> CAPT. CARRIE BATSON: The Marine Corps gives you the tools to succeed. There are constant challenges. But you're never--I've never been left with the feeling that I didn't know what to do. You know, obviously, you might need to think about what the plan should be, the strategy that you're going to take to solve a problem. But really, the Marine Corps, the training that you get sets you up for those kinds of situations to be successful. >> KRISTEN OCHES: I really had no idea of all the training that the Marines went through and how the Marine Corps makes sure that the recruits are really prepared. >> DONNA ROBERTS: Well, I guess there's several things that made me more comfortable with Henry's decision to join the Corps. One is that he was going to get the best training. It wasn't going to be halfway done. It wasn't going to be, "you can do it if you want to." So I knew that he would be ready. >> LUIS CASTRO: Both of our kids are going to be in Afghanistan at the same time, so we're not thrilled about it. But we know that with the training that they've received and the motivation and the guidance that we've given them, we know that they'll make it through. >> MAJ. STEPHEN COSBY: Going into Afghanistan, I learned that the things that I had trained for years to do, I was able to do those, you know, with no problem. So it was good to actually validate that. >> BGEN. GERALD MILLER: It is remarkable how well-trained the young Marines are for the dangers and challenges that are going to face them wherever they go, and particularly on the battlefield. >> CAPT. KURTIS SARGENT: There are Marines that are here that are up all night making preparations to go to another part of the world and--and fight for what they believe in. It happens every day. 00:03:02:22
Marine Corps training happens in several stages. In order to prepare for life as a Marine, your son or daughter must first go to Recruit Training and then to Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Training (MOS is the term for a Marine's job).
Recruit Training will teach them essential values, skills and discipline. This is where they will earn the title “Marine.”
Following Recruit Training, new Marines will attend several weeks of MOS training to learn the skills to perform their assigned specialties.
Marine Corps Recruit Training is an intentionally difficult 12 weeks of academic, physical and moral preparation.
It takes place at just two Recruit Depots: Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California. Young men will train at the depot in their region, east or west, while all young women train at Parris Island. Men and women at Parris Island train in separate platoons.
Recruit Training is notoriously tough. We have to maintain the highest standards and push recruits hard so they will be able to perform their assigned jobs under pressure while keeping themselves and fellow Marines safe.
Drill Instructors are experienced Marines with expert skills, assigned specifically to the recruit depots with the task of making new Marines. They have a responsibility to our nation, to the Marine Corps, and to you: to make sure without a doubt that each individual, and the group, is prepared to move forward.
Every task, challenge and lesson of Recruit Training has a specific purpose. See video from the Drill Instructor's view and learn the purpose of various Recruit Training activities in our 12 Weeks module on Marines.com.Recruit Training happens in three phases:
In Phase One, Weeks 1-4, gear is issued, physical examinations are conducted and the Initial Strength Test is administered. Recruits learn the Marine Corps values of Honor, Courage and Commitment and learn to put the well-being of their fellow recruits before their own. They will begin to learn weapons handling and complete the 11-obstacle Confidence Course. During this time, recruits can receive letters but nothing else. Please don't send gifts or supplies. Address letters to your “Recruit,” not to “Private” or “Marine.” This is a title your son or daughter will earn over the next 12 weeks.
In Phase Two, Weeks 5-9, recruits take the swim qualification if they haven’t already in Phase One. Recruits hone their close-combat skills and master Marksmanship Training, developing proficiency and confidence with their weapon. They continue academic and Core Values lessons as well.
In Phase Three, Weeks 10-12, Recruits engage in simulated combat and Basic Warrior Training. Each Recruit must then pass The Crucible—a 54-hour exercise of physical and mental endurance that emphasizes teamwork, determination and discipline. The support of their fellow recruits, as well as what they’ve learned so far, gets them through this intense challenge.
At the Emblem Ceremony, new Marines receive the Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem from their Drill Instructors. It signifies that they have earned the right to be called a United States Marine.
Then, the Recruit Training graduation ceremony presents these new Marines to the world. You are invited and encouraged to attend the graduation weekend, which includes special family activities. For many families and friends, this is the proudest moment they have shared with their Marine.
Marine Officer candidates will complete their own initial training during or after college to earn the commission to lead Marines. This training is Officer Candidates School (OCS).
Instructors at OCS train, screen and evaluate candidates’ leadership skills and Marine values. They prepare these candidates to “Lead By Example.” Upon completing OCS and earning the title “Marine Officer,” the new Lieutenants will complete The Basic School, further developing leadership and management skills before continuing to specialized training.
After Recruit Training or Officer Candidates School and The Basic School, respectively, Enlisted Marines and Officers will complete MOS training.
Marine MOS schools give Marines the knowledge of Military Occupational Specialties—the jobs or fields in which Marines work to support the mission. This hands-on training gives them expert knowledge of the field to which they have been assigned. The schools are located throughout the country and last for many weeks or months.
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