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This was week 8 --


here moving into  week 9:

Obstacle Course Circuit Course and Sprints
Combat Conditioning Course
6 ½ Mile Run
2nd Uniform Fitting
7 Mile Hike

With the beginning of phase 3..
Team week tends to begin Phase 3:

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

Also with the start of phase 3, it would safe to order shirts! :)
don't forget to order the homecoming banners. :)

This was week 10. Your family may or may not have received a call. This is generally just a travel call. Recruits were getting their travel plans through SATO finalized. Hopefully you are able to get the same flight home to fly with him.

Week 10:
Final Drill
MCMAP ( Marine Corps Martial Arts Program)
Final PFT
Practice Test
Sato Travel
Rappel Tower
Company Commander’s Inspection

One of the tasks he faces in the 10th week is the rappel tower.

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.

Preparations for their Company Commander’s Inspection - Some information for you to read:

And... Platoon videos could be posted soon... This is usually the 10th week so check the devildog site to see his Platoon video.

My congrats to all of your new Marines!! OohRah!!

In a few short days your Marines will return for more training -- SOI (School of Infantry). That's Infantry and Non-Infantry - every Marine's a rifleman first.

:) Safe travels for traveling back to SOI and best wishes to be picked up to begin training.

Remember the packing tips from one who knows (thank you WD), :) as your Marines are preparing to return:

Another great discussion on 'What's Next' (thank you LazyK) :)

Here are some quick links to your SOI groups, if you have not already found your way: :)

Quick links to your SOI groups!
SOI MCT (Non-Infantry) and ITB (Infantry)

Enjoy your few days with your Marines!! OohRah!!
and welcome to the family!!

Welcome new Bravo Co. families!!

Last week, Receiving Week began as the your recruits were on the bus en route to the Depot. They were greeted by a drill instructor, who acquainted them with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to which they are now subject.
Here is more on receiving here:

United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor Creed

"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of the Corps and country. I will demand of them and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standards of personal conduct, morality and professional skill."

With only 12 weeks to turn so many recruits into a unified platoon, Drill Instructors use every moment of the daily routine to teach and enforce discipline and teamwork.
In the barracks, there are a number of Marine Corps Regulations concerning hygiene and protocol that must be followed. Drill Instructors teach recruits how to follow these regulations and care for their equipment, inspecting every detail.
Recruits learn to move as a unit while quickly completing basic tasks to instill order and attention to detail.

This week of boot camp is intended to bring discipline into the recruits' routine and to get the Recruits used to an intense schedule that they will be following everyday throughout bootcamp. Expect to learn and maintain the following in a matter of minutes:

         Wake up call

         Getting up

         Getting dressed

         Making their bed

         Brushing teeth

         Getting shaved 

         Moving out

Your recruit should be in training week 1 now and you should be receiving the form letter with his familiar handwriting. :)

In Phase I there is a lot of classroom time.

  • Customs and Courtesies
  • First Aid
  • Marine Corps History
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • USMC Leadership

They will also begin learning close order drill, hand to hand combat skills with the Martial Arts Program (this not taught by their DI's).

More on phase 1:

Your recruit and you are learning a new language.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms


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.

PHASE 2! Training week 5  This also marks the beginning of “Grass Week" at the rifle range.

The rifle range is located at Camp Pendleton and this is where your recruit's will be for the next 3 weeks.
Your letters home will slow down. If the DI's go and pick up mail, then they will receive letters from home otherwise the mail will be waiting for them when they return the MCRD.

Training Week 6

This is the second week of weaponry and you recruits will earn their marksmanship scores during this week. This week is strictly dedicated to firing their weapons and using the training they have been given and firing live rounds.

Training Week 7

During this week, your recruits will start putting all of their training together during field training.
"Field Training" is "practice war."  They'll operate and live in a simulated combat environment, and learn the fundamentals of patrolling, firing, setting up camp, and more.

More in depth on phase 2 here:

Peeking into weeks 8 and 9:

Week 8 --


 Week 9:

Obstacle Course Circuit Course and Sprints
Combat Conditioning Course
6 ½ Mile Run
2nd Uniform Fitting
7 Mile Hike

Quick links to your SOI groups!
SOI MCT (Non-Infantry) and ITB (Infantry)

Another great discussion on 'What's Next' (thank you LazyK) :)

My congrats to all of your new Marines!! OohRah!!

prayers always... for all who serve...


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