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Delta Company MCRD SD - Grad. Apr 21, 2017 (ship Jan 23, 2017 -- Grad. June 30, 2017 (ship Apr 3, 2017) -- Grad. Oct 20, 2017 (ship July 24, 2017)

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Moving right along to Team Week & Phase III!

Phase III also brings about another change ~ letters home will be less
your letters to them are so vital now. They need to hear their names called at mail call. Take a few moments to write your very, confident letters as often as you can.
Part of your recruit's training this week will be the Confidence Course. They will also have classes on Basic Warrior Training (BWT) this week for Land Navigation including practical application both day and night.

Keep writing although their letters home will slow down. Soon it will be that time to stop writing... The Crucible is almost here!
Platoon videos are up on devildog website:

My congrats to you and your new Marines!! :)

In preparation for the long-awaited 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 were civies on a plane.

Have you gotten your bumper sticker on your vehicle yet?! :)
(Warning - tissue alert!)

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 have 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.

Hugs and thanks from this MoM! :)
Graduation Day... Friday!! :)
Welcome new recruit families!!

About the first phone call:

Your 13 weeks is beginning! The phone calls should start on 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!

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The Receiving Phase begins as the new recruits are on the bus en route to the Depot. They are greeted by a drill instructor, who acquaints them with the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to which they are now subject.

In Phase I there is a lot of classroom time.
More on phase 1:

Your recruit 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.
Here is a link that will explain the Pugil Sticks and some of the other training that they go through.

In addition to more pugil sticks and close combat training, your recruit will learn:

Hand to hand combat

Pugil Sticks

Counter Strikes

Circuit Courses/Bases

The Obstacle Course

Phase 2!

Recruits are allowed to "blouse" their boots and unbutton the top button of their "blouse" and they get their name tapes for their cammies! This may not seem like a lot to civilians but to the recruits, it makes them feel as if they don't stand out as much and are that much closer to achieving their goal... a United States Marine!


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