SOI West: Infantry Training Battalion (ITB)


SOI West: Infantry Training Battalion (ITB)

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Discussion Forum

ITB Delta Co. 1/2/2014

Started by Missouri. Last reply by Chris on Sunday. 20 Replies

Charlie Co ITB

Started by marinegf115. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jan 20. 2 Replies

ITB Bravo Co. 12/2/14 pick up date

Started by dianealison. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Dec 18, 2014. 22 Replies

Alpha Company Starting 21 October 2014

Started by boconnel. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Dec 15, 2014. 16 Replies

Delta Co Pick-up 09/30/2014

Started by Tuolumne. Last reply by FreedomFighter ~ Gina Dec 13, 2014. 44 Replies

Bravo Company Starting 9/16/2014

Started by Kevin. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Nov 20, 2014. 40 Replies

Things to send

Started by Theresa. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Oct 13, 2014. 8 Replies

Delta Co. pick-up 7/8/2014

Started by 1~Keri (HCC). Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Sep 10, 2014. 9 Replies

Bravo pick up 6/17

Started by Prouddad. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jul 16, 2014. 3 Replies

ITB Marines sent to SAC with injuries

Started by julese (zach's mom). Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jun 25, 2014. 265 Replies

Alpha Co starting 4-22-14

Started by kurliiQ. Last reply by SaraL Jun 24, 2014. 27 Replies

Travel to Graduation or Not

Started by LuLu. Last reply by 1~17smom (Julie) Jun 14, 2014. 8 Replies

Charlie Co Pick-up 5-20-14

Started by Phronsie's Mum. Last reply by Phronsie's Mum Jun 9, 2014. 13 Replies

Delta Co. starting 4-1-14

Started by Suebeme. Last reply by Marine Sis Apr 7, 2014. 9 Replies

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Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on January 10, 2015 at 11:50am
The Support Our Troops: Souper Hero Campaign 2015 is in progress:

And info on pack day 1/24/2015
Comment by coffeelove on January 6, 2015 at 8:20am

Hello mjk897!  I can relate!!  It is tough, it really is.  I could not endure it without reading Scripture and pouring my heart out to God ...He promises peace to His people...Psalm 85:8; also, MarineParents is a HUGE support for me; so caring, encouraging and uplifting.  We are family.

Comment by mjk897 on January 6, 2015 at 8:11am
Good morning everyone. So...does this "leaving home" thing get any easier. I dropped my son off at the airport at 0400 and was able to make it through the goodbye ok, I really have been trying to stay strong for my son but now that I am back home to an empty house I am a wreck. I try to look at the positives, I won't have to wait 13 weeks to have a conversation with him, we can skype so I can see him, etc. but dang this is tough. Is anyone else feeling this way and what do you do to help yourself through. Have a great day :)
Comment by TM92 on January 5, 2015 at 4:15pm

Thanks so much for clarifying.  It really does help me out alot.

Hope you all have a good day.  :)

Comment by homebysuzanne on January 5, 2015 at 3:23pm

LOL, Julie!  That made me laugh plenty.  Oops, this is probably filed wrong now ;)

Comment by coffeelove on January 5, 2015 at 2:57pm

hi homebysuzanne:)  thank you for that; our Marine has had fever for three days; I hope he gets checked for strep or at least a medical check of some kind.  He's been taking acetaminophen (Tylenol);  your Marine at MOS school or all done?  

Comment by 1~17smom (Julie) on January 5, 2015 at 2:56pm

t's the hurry up and wait syndrome that is common in the Corps.  There's a funny series of comments about that syndrome that this conversation reminded me of.  I wrote a blog in September 2011 in my pre-moderator days when I was particularly bugged by what seemed irrational Corps decisions, delays and drama.  Here's the link to that  . . . but the true value is in the three pages of comments that the blog triggered.  Look particularly for the story on P. 2 of the comments from DoubleDad.  Reminds me of one of those "Humor in Uniform" stories you'd read in the old "Reader's Digest."

CLICK HERE for One Explanation of USMC Logic

Comment by homebysuzanne on January 5, 2015 at 2:49pm

Hi Coffelove, my son did not have a medical check before starting ITB however, when they arrived at check-in they did have to do a urine test for drugs & alcohol.

TM92 - a lot of the MOS classes are backed up.  That includes ITB.  You figure there is a class that starts about one a month and Marines that graduate just about every week from BC.  That's a lot of Marines!  On pick-up day they are going by first arrived from my understanding.  Now I can tell you from my experience, my son had to report Dec 2nd by 2pm.  He checked in at 10am on the 2nd and barely made it in by the skin of his teeth!  There were Marines that were delayed from the previous class and two weeks of BC graduation before him and then the guys from his BC company all trying to get into the same class on the 2nd.  Plus there were the Marines that were cleared from previous injury getting in.  Apparently if they get sick/injured and miss more than 3 days of ITB they have to start all over at day one with the next cycle.  Hope this helps!

Comment by LazyK-Chyn on January 5, 2015 at 2:42pm

Often there are more new Marines reporting than they can "class up". This is most common after the Christmas and New Years holiday as many new Marines are assigned RA at this time of year. Those not "picked up" will be assigned to Lima Co, which is a holding platoon. Most will be picked up the next cycle, in two weeks. While waiting they will perform "needs of the Corps" duties. Might be picking up trash, could be some kind of community service, or any other duties as needed. 

Comment by TM92 on January 5, 2015 at 2:24pm

Could you explain why some Marines where not "picked up".  Why, what that means, what will they be doing, who is in charge of them, etc.  Sorry lots of questions but this is all so new to me and confusing.  :)  My son was to report to Camp Pendlton on Friday the 2 for SOI ITB but I guess he wont be starting.  Thanks 


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