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Unofficial Training Schedule - MCT- Marine Combat Training

School of Infantry-MCT-Marine Combat Training


To my knowledge there is no "offically published" MCT East training schedule.


I have been told by my Marine sons Cpl. Nathan and LCpl Christian it is as follows:


A Platoon is basically a 4 to 1 ratio of men and women Marines.  They are barracked seperately, but they will train together and are in the field together.


Week One:  Classes and Practical Applications.  Gear.  Learn in the morning, practice in the afternoon.  Gear.  From Radios to Assault Pack, ILBE, Poncho, Essentially everything you see them wear or carry in that great huge "BackPack" you see Marines wear in photos and film.

Week Two: Classes and Practical Applications: Maneuvers and Tactics, such as sweeps, IED recognition, securing perimeters, patrol and positioning, and of course the proper construction of your “fighting hole”etc.

Week Three: Range and BSRE (Basic Skills Retention Exercise).  One full week in the field (Some call "Hell Week") where what you carry in is what you have available to use.. 

You will hike about 10 miles up to what was called “Camp Devil Dog” a set of  metal “Huts” (No tents anymore I am told…..) where there are no showers, AC or much of anything.  Not supposed to be.  Keeps the water off your head, just as tents used to.  

Your hygeine is in your canteen, or rain and a clever tip up of your Kevlar (helmet) to capture it for later use. And your undergear is your undergear….

The First two days you will take the 3 or so mile hike from Camp to the Range with assault pack, and all that is required, including your rifle.  You will learn and use several more advanced weapon systems then your rifle.  You get to stand in line until you get your 20-30 seconds to live fire these weapons , then sit on your pack until time to roll.  Early in line means less standing and more sitting.  Then hike back and repeat the second day.


The second part of the week consists of BSRE, where, you will be split into squads with combat instructors and engage in the advanced tactics and maneuvers, such as  squad sweeps, enemy encounters, ambush, night attack, map-reading, night navigation, etc. that you have learned and are being tested on.  These last three days are likened by some to a “Crucible” on Steroids.  It is virtually non-stop and a set of battle field scenarios and simulations that can and will come at you at ANY time, and from ANY where, just as it would “in-country”.

And be prepared to clean your rifles quickly, effectively, and repetitively because the blank rounds fired are many and the powder makes a mess of your weapon.  And as we know, our rifle is our best friend and we will keep it clean at all times.

Also, during this time, Night Watch is still on-going, but now more like 4-6 hours when tagged.  And of course, MRE's are the only meals available and often trades or bartering is done.


Upon completion of BSRE, you will gather and hike back the 10 or so miles to Barracks.  This hike, however, is not filed with the “Jazz” of a graduation and an EGA.  The reward for this one is because you have survived the exercise and there’s clean underwear and a shower at the end of the day.  That is all.

So writing? They might have 5 hours all month to themselves and they Better have their "stuff" ready, at any time (and there's a lot more "stuff").  No doubt.

Phones?  Depends on the SDI/DI's, but they are all chunked in a box at pick-up and they might see them again after Week Three if outstanding performance of the Platoon, or likely the weekend before graduation.

A really good post and link up of what BSRE is can be found here:

And is another explanation from a professional and with pictures as well.


Final Week is the final written test or PRAT, and admin (gear return, orders, policing area, preparing for graduation).


If it was Easy, it would Not be Marines.  But I would like to point out, this type of training, even if your MOS is admin, (more intense and thorough in ITB-Infantry Training Battalion) is what WE believe separates Our People from all the others.



VPF/VPAF of 5 United States Marines

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Comment by Retired CPO on July 25, 2016 at 6:28am

Don't have to worry about FLW anymore, found out during Sunday liberty he will be going to Camp Johnson.  MOS has been changed to 3521

Comment by Retired CPO on June 23, 2016 at 10:33am

Thanks for that info

Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on June 23, 2016 at 10:16am

Pick up for MCT is almost always on Tuesdays and the graduations are almost always on Tuesdays also. The new graduates leave within the hour of graduating MCT for their next follow-on MOS school.

Yes, your Marine will leave the same day as graduating MCT.  If you are planning on attending the family day and graduation, you can follow the  bus to the airport to wait with your Marine there. The USMC usually chooses the least expensive travel and most flights are red-eye.

Comment by Retired CPO on June 23, 2016 at 8:42am

He is 1341 and will be going to Ft Leonard Wood in MO

Comment by Beanpole's Mom on June 23, 2016 at 8:40am

Flight to MO?  They go straight from MCT to where ever their MOS school is.  At least that's how it went 3 years ago..."Graduation" from MCT is a very brief gathering, not a lot of ceremony, over quickly and then the guys scramble to get their gear and get to their assigned bus which transports them to their next destination or to the airport.  Very little time for interaction with family.  I speak from experience. I took my mother-in-law to see her grandson graduate MCT since she missed his Boot graduation.

Comment by Retired CPO on June 23, 2016 at 7:07am

Sorry for the questions/lack of knowledge.  Is the training 29 straight days @ MCT. He is supposed to report 6/28.  Does the 29 days start on Tuesday?  When can I expect his graduation/flight to MO?

Thank you in advance.

Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on June 21, 2016 at 12:36am

To the best of my knowledge, I believe there is a shuttle bus and also taxi. Usually Marines travel together. New Marines were briefed on SOI before leaving the Depot.

This was from about a couple years ago:

Comment by Retired CPO on June 20, 2016 at 1:51pm

My freshly minted Marine will be travelling to NC 6/27 by bus.  Is there a base shuttle, or will he need to take a cab to the base?

Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on January 23, 2015 at 7:50pm
Read this reply by BirdManofCT. He gives a good description of the BSRE week.
Comment by 1~Nanny (Alice) on January 23, 2015 at 7:30pm

TJ's Mom

According to my last Marine, it is. It is "Unofficial" as the blog was written by a Marine who had 5 Marines that attended MCT in the last 3 years. Just wanted to give the parents and loved ones an idea of what was ahead in their new Marines training. Hope it helps you.

1~Nanny (Alice) Mgr. Recruit Boards

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vpgm of Cpl. Jackson

Lcpl Dillon and Lcpl Ray

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