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Welcome new recruit families!!

The first phone call:

Your 13 weeks will begin soon! The phone calls should start on the Monday late evening/night. Your recruits will be in GOOD HANDS... no need to worry.
Share a comment here when you get your phone call. We're in this together and we're glad you've found the group!

Each phase is 4 weeks long (except Phase 2 which is 3 weeks) plus this one week, (first week) of receiving.

week 1 Monday April 13 -- (receiving week)

week 2 Monday April 20

week 3 Monday April 27

week 4 Monday May 4

week 5 Monday May 11

week 6 Monday May 18

week 7 Monday May 25

week 8 Monday June 1

week 9 Monday June 8

week 10 Monday June 15

week 11 Monday June 22

week 12 Monday June 29 week of the CRUCIBLE

The Form Letter--Understand It (a blog posted by wolfdragon)

Some last words of advice before your son's ship out date: "Tell your Kid before they leave"

The opportunity to phone family and inform of safe arrival:

I am challenged with technology so bare with the questions please.  Will we see pictures of the training/recruits before 7/10/15?

Back on this page in the announcement's box/section you should see links for the official MCRD SD USMC page and the official MCRD FB. You can watch this page for periodic photos.

The platoon videos are posted on the devildog site about the 10 week. About halfway down on this informational page you will see the link for the devildog site.@
Here is some info on receiving week, this week.
The beginning of Swim Week:


The biggest event of week 4 is Combat Water Survival. All Marines must pass basic water survival skills in order to graduate from boot camp (those who don't pass will receive extensive remedial training until they do). Training in Combat Water Survival develops a recruit's confidence in the water. All recruits must pass the minimum requirement level of Combat Water Survival-4, which requires recruits to perform a variety of water survival and swimming techniques. Recruits will also:
Trail a 5 mile hike
Test on Marine Customs and Courtesies
Train in first aid
Full blown inspection(uniforms, rifle, questions, etc)
More core value training

Swim Week:
Due to the Marine Corps' amphibious nature, today's Marines are expected to meet basic water survival standards. The basic requirements include being able to shed all their equipment while in water in less than 10 seconds, being able to tread water for four minutes, a 25-meter swim with their packs, and being able to abandon ship, which is simulated by jumping off of a raised platform.
Currently recruits learn the basics of water survival in the fourth week of training, named Swim Week.
The Blue Ducks are the ones that can swim The IRON DUCKS are the ones that don't! They ask who can swim and who can't. They pick three or 4 and make them the blue ducks and assign them to the Iron Ducks to teach them.

Here is a link with information about Combat Water Survival
More on Phase II -- Grass Week, Rifle Table I and Table II Info


Week 6:
This is the second week of weaponry. Your recruits will earn their marksmanship scores this week. It is strictly dedicated to firing their weapons and using the training they have been given. Firing live rounds will show their Sergeant how well they have listened. It's an important week for the recruits.

Week 10:

Final Drill MCMAP ( Marine Corps Martial Arts Program) Final PFT
Practice Test
Sato Travel (Many may have already called home this past week to get their flights taken care of)
Rappel Tower
Company Commander’s Inspection

Published on May 18, 2012

U.S. Marine Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, conduct training in static rope suspension techniques aboard MCRD San Diego on February 24, 2012.

Also, time to get your last letters sent to your recruit. No mail during the Crucible.


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