Marine Boot Camp HQ

This website is a free resource to help you train for United States Marine Corps Recruit Training. It is developed and maintained by former infantry Marines and ensured to have the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding Marine Corps training.

We offer tips on physical fitness, mental preparedness, Marine Corps knowledge, rank structure, and what to expect during Marine Boot Camp including the entire recruit training matrix broken down week by week. 

Our Mission

Well prepared recruits make better Marines. 

And while you can never be 100% prepared for Marine Corps Recruit Training — the Marines are exceedingly good at culture shock and stress inoculation — we hope that everything you learn here will help you prepare physically and mentally to take on the challenge.

This site is a free resource that is maintained by Marine Corps veterans. You can learn everything you need to know to succeed. But if you want more, please consider checking out our eBook (soon to be in paperback), which has a complete breakdown of the boot camp schedule, as well as physical training tips, mental fitness tactics, and a basic nutrition guide.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to earn the title. 

Fitness is a way of life for United States Marines. And it begins in recruit training. From your Initial Strength Test to the full Combat Fitness Test, you’ll be constantly evaluated based on your physical performance. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about Marine Corps Fitness.

Marine Corps Recruit Training is the longest of all the armed services. It consists of close order drill, physical fitness, rifle marksmanship, classroom education on history, customs and courtesies, and rank structure — and culminates in a 54-hour event called “The Crucible.”

Recruits are expected to learn and memorize Marine Corps rank structure, history, and terminology. Marine Corps Recruit Training also delivers a complete history of the United States Marine Corps from Tun Tavern to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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