United States Marine Corps Recruit Training commonly known as (boot camp) is a 13- week program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to serve in the United States Marine Corps. All inlisting individuals entering the Marine Corps, regardless of eventual active or reserve duty status will undergo recruit training at one of the two Marine Corps recruit Depot's (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina or San Diego, California.Male recruits from the 8th,9th and 12th recruiting districts areas west of the Mississippi River except Louisiana and including parts of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan are sent to (MCRD) San Diego. All recruits from the 1st, 4th, and 6th recruiting districts and all female recruits were sent to Paris Island. Those desiring to become officers attend training at Officers Candidate School at Marine Corps base Quantico in Virginia.

Marines generally hold that their recruit training is the most physical and mentally difficult amongst the uniform services, citing that it is longer than the other branches, requires a more demanding physical fitness test (PFT) that includes a run 03 miles in less than 28 minutes, 50 oh more crunches in two minutes, at least report out for males and flexed arm hanging for more than 30 seconds for females, this is to achieve the minimum score. For a maximum score, male recruits must complete the run in 18 minutes; perform 100 crunches in two minutes, and do 20 pull-ups. All recruits must fit the strictest height and weight standards.

Daily schedule:

An average day typically begins at sunrise. Reveille is sound and all recruits president themselves for accountability. After personal hygiene and morning cleanup, recruits will perform physical training (only on Monday through Saturday). After the morning meal, the recruits begin today's scheduled training, which may include classes, drill or martial arts. One Sundays, recruits are offered the morning to attend various religious services and personal time often called:("Squared Away Time"). After the noon meal, the days training continues until the evening meal, typically around 1700 to 1800 hours (5:00 to 6:00pm). After this time, recruits will have hygiene time to shower, clean their weapons, and cleaned their barracks. Recruits also get roughly one hour of squared away time after this, personal time for recruits to engage in personal activities such as preparing uniforms or equipment, writing letters, working out or doing laundry. Recruits are not free from their Drill Instructors (DI's) were allowed to leave the squad bay during this time. In preparation to sleep, recruits may hydrate, pray together for five minutes, ensure footlockers and rifles are locked, then recite the rifleman's Creed and the Marine Corps hymn before lights out.

Organizational Structure:

Recruits organized by Regiment, Battalion, company, platoon, squad and often fire teams. A recruit training regiment is composed of three recruit training battalions at Parris Island, there is an additional Battalion to train female recruits. All three of the male battalions are made up of four companies, while the female Battalion comprises of three. Each company is broken down into two series, designated as lead and follow which may have between one and four platoons depending on the number of recruits in the company at the time the training cycle begins.

Each company is like a class at a civilian education institution; each company begins and finishes recruit training together, with the exception of those who were dropped for medical or personal reasons to a different company. Thus, each of the companies will be at a different stage in the 13 week training cycle. New recruits prepare to step through the silver doors of the receiving buildings at MCRD Parris Island, an action which symbolizes their tradition from civilians to recruits and the beginning of their transformation into a United States Marine.

Each series is broken down into a number of platoons, usually from two of the four in each. These platoons will be the base unit for recruit training, as signed a four digit number as identification. Drill instructors are assigned to each platoon and will usually stay from the beginning to the end of training. The senior drill instructor of each platoon will select recruits to billets of responsibility, to mimic command and staff positions of a Marine unit this selections often change on the wimps of the drill instructors and can include; the platoon guide, this seniormost recruit responsible for carrying the platoons guidon. For squad leaders, each in charge of one fourth of the platoon; they may choose to father subdivide their squads into 4 man fire teams. A scribe, responsible for maintaining administrative records such as the interior guard schedule. A whiskey locker recruit, responsible for maintaining the platoons supplies, and a house mouse who clings the normally off limits drill instructors office.

Drill Instructors:

A drill instructor provides an example of boot camp instructional style to a Marine Corps poolee, before the poolee's departure for boot camp. Central to the experience, training and development of Marine recruits is the Drill Instructor (DI). Each platoon is assigned three or more Drill Instructors, sometimes informally refer to as the "hats"due to their distinctive campaign cover. The tough treatment of Marine recruits by drill instructors is legendary. As one magazine described it.

The Marine boot still steps from the recruit training was 74 other victims in his platoon to face crushing defeat at the hands of a merciless staff Sgt. drill instructor and his two assistants. For eight weeks, the DI attacks his blundering confusion with rigid discipline and a blustering barrage of voice abuse until the boot is bullied and battered into a Marine. He's a meathead, goon, skinhead, shit bird, maggot and the boot is called many other names when he makes the slightest mistake, he is greeted with tirades.To a sheepish boot that blinks at him during a chewing out, the DI roars out with (Eyes Front ! ) Why do you stare at me, do I fascinate you meathead ? During vicious upbraiding's, the recruit is continually reminded that he should have joined the Army instead of wanting to become a Marine.

They head Drill Instructor is called the "Senior Drill Instructor" (SDI) and must be addressed as such by recruits and drill instructors alike. Often referred to simply as Seniors, the SID's often bond with recruits and ensure that the DI's do not push recruits beyond necessary boundaries or violate regulations. Senior Drill Instructors or usually a staff Sgt. or higher and are distinguished by wearing a black leather duty belt, where as other Drill Instructors wear wide green web duty belts.

​The second in command is officially the experience drill instructor, but is unofficially referred to as the heavy hat or Junior DI. They normally provide the majority of instructions in the close order drill, the remainder being DI is called the assistant drill instructor, but commonly referred to as the Greenbelt. He is normally charged with teaching the recruits much of their academic knowledge and responsible for the overall discipline of recruits. Drill instructors are trained at the drill instructors school at each Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Those drill instructors that successfully complete three years of duty are eligible to receive the drill instructors ribbon.

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