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A U.S. Marine Corps recruit participates in a daytime movement simulator during basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
About Boot Camp

Marine Corps Boot Camp Schedule (Updated for 2022)

Marine Corps Boot Camp consists of four main phases. Recruit receiving, 1st phase, 2nd phase, and 3rd phase. Every single enlisted Marine that serves on active duty has to go through this rigorous training, and only those who make it through earn the title United

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Marines practice martial arts onboard a naval ship
About Boot Camp

What Does Semper Fi Mean to the Marine Corps?

Every Marine knows what Semper Fidelis means, and it’s not just about loyalty to country or unit. It is a code of honor since adopted in 1883 by Colonel Charles McCawley, 8th Commandant of the Marine Corps. Semper Fidelis is a Latin phrase meaning “always

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How has the Coronavirus changed Marine Boot Camp?
Marine Boot Camp

How the Coronavirus has Changed Marine Boot Camp

In recent months, the novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, began spreading rapidly throughout the United States and the rest of the world. For a time, it seemed like it was starting to get under control. But recently, the wave has spread even further. The

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A Marine fires their M16 rifle at cardboard targets
Knowledge

4 Weapons Safety Rules | Marine Corps Firearm Safety

Firearm safety is paramount to a United States Marine during the entire length of their enlistment or career, regardless of their MOS, or military occupation specialty. And it begins in boot camp when you learn the 4 weapons safety rules. As a Marine Corps recruit,

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Marine security guard school details
Marine Corps Training

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 Corps Security Guards are expected to maintain a high level of readiness. Their mission is

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What can you bring to Marine boot camp? The corps will issue everything you need.
Marine Boot Camp

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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Marine Corps ranks - a sergeant chevron
Knowledge

Marine Corps Ranks | Enlisted and Officer Ranks

Marine Corps recruits must learn all Marine Corps Ranks from Private to General, including enlisted, officers, and warrant officers. Marine Corps customs and courtesies require junior Marines to address all senior Marines by their rank, which is denoted by a rank insignia device, usually worn

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Recruits from Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct pull-ups during an inventory physical fitness test at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
Fitness

How to Do More Pull Ups: The Ultimate Guide

One of the subjects that frequently comes up when speaking to future Marines is, “how to do more pull ups?” Well, the answer is simple. Do more pull ups. But you’ve got to be smart about it. You’ve got to use the right technique and

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