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In Phase II, 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!

When recruits move to the rifle range they first, according to the Matrix, will have a hike! Take note that according to many, the training your recruits will get on the rifle range is the most intensive basic rifle marksmanship training of any of the services.

The first week, so called “grass” week, is a very tough week for the recruits. 

This may give you a little bit more insight into the process and protocol of rifle qualification in the Marine Corps:

Getting into the proper positions and aiming their (unloaded) rifle at a white barrel with these little black targets painted on its side is just difficult. Even though your recruit will likely consider this week one of the most “painful” of all his boot camp experience, you can bet that when you see him at graduation they will be extremely proud of the marksmanship badge they will be wearing on their uniform... and rightfully so. :)


Recruits are introduced to the four shooting positions during Grass Week. A Combat Marksmanship Instructor, or CMI, teaches recruits the fundamentals of weapons safety and marksmanship with their M-16A2 service rifle. During this week, recruits become familiar with the following shooting positions: • Sitting • Prone • Kneeling • Standing

Recruits learn how to fire, how to adjust their sights and how to take into account the effects of wind and weather. They spend hours in the four positions, preparing their bodies to remain steady while they shoot.
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Grass week, rifle table I and table II information
A blog posted by 1~ksMarinemom (Kerin).

Grass Week: Here is some more in depth information on the rifle Tables. REMEMBER***ONLY POST YOUR RECRUITS SCORE*** :)

As explained to me by "like father like son Marine"

The beginning of Table 1 Firing Week - Qualification Day.
Recruits begin before sunrise, preparing their rifles and themselves to shoot known-distance course. Recruits shoot slow fire (one shot at a time) and rapid fire (10 shots in a row). Recruits fire from four shooting positions at ranges of 200, 300, and 500 yards. Recruits are assisted and evaluated by their Combat Marksmanship Instructor, their Coach, and their DIs. On Qual Day all recruits try to shoot their best for coveted “Crossed Rifles” - Rifle Expert badge. Recruits can also earn the Rifle Sharpshooter and Rifle Marksman badges.z

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 6 and firing week!

Week 7

During Field 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.
Basic Warrior Training introduces recruits to field living conditions. The majority of a Marine's field training is conducted after recruit training at the School of Infantry. 

During the 3-day Basic Warrior Training conducted during boot camp, recruits will learn basic field skills like setting up a tent, field sanitation and camouflage.

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WFTBn is a self-contained complex that has rifle and pistol ranges, field training areas, classrooms, mess hall, billeting medical and admin facilities ~ it even has a PX.  


The WFTBn provides RCT's Phase II instruction.  It services about 20,000 RCT's a year in marksmanship, individual combat skills and it also serves as the location for The Crucible. When the RCT's go to WFTBn they are transported by bus.


As the instructors RCT Grass Week have to be qualified as well the WFTBn also conducts primary marksmanship instructor and range coach's school. Edson Range was named after Major Gen. Merrit A. "Red Mike" Edson; a WWII Medal of Honor winner and a distinguished small arms marksman.



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