It is a fact that the Marine Corps for a lot of people is very appealing to the point that many of them have been joining this particular branch of the military to go on an adventure as part of their lives. If you are also planning to join the Marine Corps, you have to know how to survive the basic training they provide. The best way to do this is being better informed on what to expect on the boot camp. In the Marine Corps, the boot camp is the hardest and also the first hurdle you have to survive in order to make it as a Marine. This is where you will learn all the basics about the life of a soldier and this is also where your physical, emotional and mental strength will be tested to its limits.
Unlike other military boot camp trainings, such as the Air Force, Army and Navy, the Marine Corps boot camp training is considered as one of the most difficult trainings in the whole military. This is a training that will involve a lot of physical and mental activities that a lot of people have experienced and a few survived.
There are two training locations that turn men and also women into Marines. The first Recruit Training Depot is at Parris Island, South Carolina and the second is the Recruit Training Depot located at San Diego, California. For women, Parris Island is the only place where they can turn into marines.
You have to realize the fact that the Marine Corps have a much higher physical requirement and are also required to learn and memorize a lot more information than the other military branches. The boot camp will last more than 70 days. It may seem short, but a lot of people said that the Marine Corps boot camp training is the most difficult thing they ever had to do in their entire lives.
The first stop in the boot camp is at the recruit receiving. This is where new recruits spend their first days as a new recruit. Here you will be given the traditional first haircut, and where you will also be issued your initial gears that will include uniforms, toiletries, and letter writing supplies.
Here, you will also be given full medical and dental screening and you will also take the Initial Strength Test. The IST or Initial Strength test will consist of sit ups, pull ups, and one and a half mile run to test if the recruits have the necessary physical strength to continue on with the training.
You have to remember that once you enter the Marine Corps, discipline will instantly take place as soon as you step of the bus and into the recruit receiving. You should address the Marine Corps drill instructors as Sir or Ma’am loudly. You will learn a few laws in the Uniform Code of Military Justice that you will have to live by throughout your 13 weeks of intense training.
You will spend 3-5 days in Recruit Receiving. During this short period of time, you will think that you’re already in the boot camp. This is where drill instructors will be constantly yelling at all of you, do some marching, some drills, learn how to properly wear your uniforms, how to eat, drink, shower and other things that you have to do by the number.
After these few days in the Recruit Receiving, you will now enter the boot camp where the real training begins. Here, you will meet your drill instructors and two of his or her assistant for the first time. You will learn the basics about how to wear your uniform, how to march, how to secure your weapon and others.
You should also expect Physical Training or P.T. to happen almost everyday in a Marine Boot camp. And, you should also expect classroom sessions.
So, before you enter the Marine Corps, you should know what to expect and be physically, mentally, and emotionally prepared in order to survive. Follow these simple tips and you will surely make it as a Marine.