The physical nature of life as a Marine is widely known. Recruits and Officer Candidates are trained intensely so that they will be ready for its challenges.
No matter what Marine Corps job interests your son or daughter, every Marine is first and foremost trained as, and responsible for being, a rifleman and a warrior. All recruits receive the same training—the legendary Marine Corps Recruit Training that earns them the title "Marine."
Only after completing Recruit Training will your son or daughter get the world-class technical and skill-based instruction of Marines MOS Training. This is the skill set he or she will rely on day to day.
New recruits should be physically ready before shipping to Recruit Training. In fact, to qualify for Recruit Training, they must meet our physical standards. The basic Recruit Training requirements include a test of running, pull-ups and crunches. A Marine Recruiter can tell you more about the physical qualifications for Recruit Training and help your son or daughter prepare.
If your son or daughter doesn’t have a current physical fitness regimen, a recruiter can recommend one and help him or her begin it. Many Marine Recruiters hold group workouts that help future recruits step up their workout routine while building camaraderie with other poolees—the official term for those who have committed to becoming Marines but have not yet shipped to Recruit Training.
You can encourage healthy changes to eating habits and physical routine. Shifting to a balanced diet with limited sugar, caffeine and fat now will help your son or daughter adjust to the food at Recruit Training. A healthy level of physical activity every day will also help prepare him or her for intense physical activity during training.
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