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Alpha Company MCRD SD, Grad. Apr 7, 2017 (ship Jan 9, 2017) -- Grad. Aug 4, 2017 (ship May 8, 2017)

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Team week tends to begin Phase 3:

Online Platoon videos available... watch for them! :)

Week 11
Confidence Chamber
Field Refresher

More on the Crucible:

The Meaning of "Crucible"

A Dad’s Crucible Prayer.


I am There, with You
In the Dust, and The Fray;
I am there with YOU, My Child,
As I am Each and Every Day.


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A Moms Crucible Prayer.

Did You Know When you awoke this morning to begin the crucible

Did you know I walked every step with you that was possible?

When you humped all those miles over rough terrain,

Did you know I was by your side again?

~Janet Butterworth-Caldwell


see more....

A Mother's Prayer

As you awake this Thursday morning with the crucible ahead,

Your dad and I will wake up too, and kneel beside our bed.

You’ll start your day with guns and gear, and be ready for the worst,

But we’re praying that God’s armor is the one you’ll put on first.

see more....

Super Sick-call (this is after the Crucible and to check Marine’s of any issues)

Prayers up.. candles let Alpha Co. families!!

Are there any pictures of our boys?  They finished Crucible yesterday.  Platoon 1014

Usually there are no photos posted but you can check the  OFFICIAL USMC MCRD SD PAGE.   When you see your new Marine on family day you can ask if he has ordered the yearbook and pass in review. There are photos throughout boot in this yearbook.  There is also a DVD which has the Emblem ceremony.. very moving and touching to see new Marines receiving their Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

Coming up next week - Marine Week - week 12: Marching and drilling for Family Day and Graduation.
Clearing out and cleaning up the barracks!

Do double check with your Marine what time they need to report back to the barracks on Family Day and to leave them 15 minutes early to go back. As precious as that time is with them, being late will result in them not graduating and leaving with you on Friday.

Some information on family day and graduation:

A lot of the new Marines will wear their uniforms to the airport and home,, (mine did). One of the few times that a Marine will not wear civvies on a plane.

Hugs and thanks from this MoM! :)


Hand to hand combat
Pugil Sticks
Circuit Course/ Bases
Obstacle Course
Counters to Strike (more hand to hand combat training)
Here is a link that will explain the Pugil Sticks and some of the other training that they go through.

Your recruits will be learning the basics of close combat skills, including the infamous "pugil sticks." Many recruits are somewhat apprehensive about this phase of training, but then find out how much fun it really is. It's almost impossible to get hurt. The recruits are protected by a football helmet and mask, rubber neck roll and crotch cup, and only two kinds of blows are permitted: the slash and the horizontal butt stroke, both to the well-protected head and neck. A clean shot ends the bout.

The Transformation Week 2

Video by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego 
Date Taken: 02.17.2017 | Date Posted: 02.27.2017 12:07

During week two, recruits meet their drill instructors for the first time, learn Marine Corps Core Values and are introduced to the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

Continue to view video:

start looking for The Form Letter with your recruit's familiar handwriting.  :) 

Here is more information on mail at MCRD.

To the best of my knowledge, there is a mail call where letters are distributed.
Read this on the privacy of your recruit's letters:

Warning... "tissue alert"

Memories of a Mom

He stood six-foot-two with a little boy’s grin,
All muscled and macho with golden brown skin
That’s the picture she holds in her mind of that day
When she last saw her son, when he went on his way

to read the entire poem click below


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