The USMC (United States Marine Corps) is a branch of US Armed Forces, which provides protection from the sea. This department often works closely with US Naval Forces for transportation, training and other logistic purposes. Marine Corps is a separate branch of the US military leadership.
US Marine Corps Training is commonly called as ‘boot camp’, which is an initial training program before joining the US Marine Corps. All enlisted candidates will undergo recruit training at one of the two MCRD Department (Marine Corps Recruit Depots) such as California, San Diego, South Carolina and Parris Island.
Any individual desiring to become officer, attends training at Reserve Officer Training Corps, United States Naval Academy or Officer Candidates School. Marine training are most mentally and physically difficult amongst Uniformed Services. They are strictly based on height and weight standards and are more challenging.
Each day starts before sunrise, all recruits are accountable to present themselves. After morning personal hygiene, physical training is conducted through Monday to Saturday. After morning meal, the days training is scheduled such as martial arts, drill, classes, etc. This training continues till the evening meal, 5:00 to 6:00 PM. After the meal, the recruits are given time for shower, barracks cleaning and weapon maintenances. Another hour is given for personal activities to prepare uniforms, laundry, writing letters and working out. During this time the recruit is not allowed to leave the squad bay. While preparing to sleep, they pray together for five minutes and then ensure their rifles and footlockers are locked. Lights have to be turned off at 10:00 PM.
Recruits are categorized by a battalion, regiment, squad, platoon, company and fire team. They undergo various trainings such as:
- Drill Training: Each platoon is assigned with three or four Instructors for this training.
- Medical, Fitness and Diet Care: Before the training starts, each recruit has to pass the medical requirements, height and weight requirements.
- Diet and 3 meals are well planned by the experts.
- Rivalry: Since the competition, there are high chances of inter rivalry, hence proper instructions and guidance is provided to the recruits.
This thirteen week training starts from the training phase called as receiving phase, which is an initial marine training for the new recruits. Receiving phase is followed by phase one, phase two and phase three trainings; where each phase includes intensive educations and trainings on various military subjects and their role. Each day of training is sequentially called as T1, T2, T3, T4 accordingly in the ascending order up till T70; which is the Graduation Day. The last week of training is called as ‘Marine Week’, which includes Inspection, Family Day and then Graduation Program.