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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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My congrats to all of your new Marines!! OohRah!!   Enjoy your few days with your Marines!! 
and welcome to the family!!

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)

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

Welcome new Delta Co. recruit families!!

The first phone call:

Your 13 weeks will begins now! The phone calls should start on 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!


Receiving Week begins 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.

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."

More on Receiving:

Training week 1 next week.

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

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:

A new language:

Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

Last week was Week 3

The following series was on the confidence course and the lead series on  their second class in pugil stick combat. The pugil sticks are used to simulate close combat with a rifle and bayonet. They look like huge “Q-Tips” but really pack a punch.

The last week of phase 1!
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

Keep writing and sending your letters! After week 4, your recruits will be in field week and your letters home may slow down but you can continue writing and sending. The mail will catch up to them.

Recruits were able to go to the MCX to buy stamps and writing supplies (about T-10); although, you may send a book of stamps included in your letter. My Marine shared a stamp or two if he had too many and another recruit needed a stamp. I also included a few letters (to dear Recruit) for him to hand out if he thought a recruit needed a letter.

Mail call is the MOST important time of the day so keep writing!!

Week 10:

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

During week 10. Your family may or may not have received a call. This is generally just a travel call. Recruits are getting their travel plans through SATO finalized. Hopefully you are able to get the same flight home to fly with him. Be sure to send your travel itinerary to your recruit to inform SATO.

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.

More on phase 3 and saving the Platoon video:

Week 11
Confidence Chamber
Field Refresher
Super Sick-call (this is after the Crucible and to check Marine’s of any issues)

More on Phase 3:

More on the Crucible here:

The Meaning of "Crucible"

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 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! :)

Hotel Co. - Pick Up

Photos by Lance Cpl. Kailey Maraglia
Date Taken: 12.16.2016 | Date Posted: 12.19.2016 13:04

Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion during pick up at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 17. Hotel Company is scheduled to graduate March 10.

Continue to view photos:

Recap:  Phase 2 was the beginning of training week 5 and the 6th week of boot camp.

This also marked the beginning of “Grass Week" at the rifle range.

Training Week 6

This is the second week of weaponry and your 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:

The rifle range is located at Camp Pendleton and this is where your recruit's will be for 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.
So... keep writing!


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