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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. 

Watch this video to learn what this website is all about in less than 2 minutes.

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. 

The USMC Boot Camp Preparation Guide is on Kindle or PDF — available for $9.99

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.

Recent Articles

A Marine Corps recruit carries a simulated casualty during the Crucible event.
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The Crucible – Marines Epic 54-Hour Test for Recruits

The final challenge before earning the title of United States Marine is called the Crucible. It’s a 54-hour event that tests physical stamina, mental toughness, and the ability to think critically while under multiple levels of stress including hunger, sleep deprivation, and physical exhaustion.

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What can you bring to Marine boot camp? The corps will issue everything you need.
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What Can You Bring to Marine Boot Camp? A Complete Guide

Many future recruits ask: what can you bring to Marine Boot Camp? The short answer is that the Marine Corps will issue you everything you need, including underwear and running shoes (which will now be referred to as “go-fasters”). But there are certain things you will want to include.

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Making Marine Security Guards

Get an inside look at how the Marine Corps trains its security guards to guard more than 175 embassies around the world. As a forward-deployed force, the United States Marine

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Recruits from Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, hold up their money valuable bags during receiving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
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Marine Boot Camp Pay

A question we are often asked is, how much is Marine Boot Camp Pay? The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) pays Marine recruits as an E-1 with less than

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Get the Recruit Training Schedule

Before you leave, download the Recruit Training Matrix for future reference!

The recruit training matrix is a simple guide to Marine Corps Boot Camp events week by week. Enter your email and we’ll send it to you for free. 

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