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Making Marines – A Drill Instructor Story

Making Marines, a Drill Instructor Story is a documentary that gives you a sneak peak on what goes on in Marine Boot Camp. When I deployed to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in April of 2004, I had done some research. Many recruits had

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How do I train for Marine boot camp?

How do you train for Marine boot camp? First, you’ll need to get your physical fitness in order. All Marine Corps recruits must pass an Initial Strength Test at their recruiter’s office and once they ship to boot camp before they are eligible to begin training.

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What is the Marine Corps Initial Strength Test?

The Marine Corps Initial Strength Test, or IST, is given to new recruits to ensure they are ready to begin training. Recruiters administer the test prior to enlistment, and recruits will take the test again during their first week of boot camp. The Marine Corps IST consists of pull ups, crunches, a 1.5-mile run, and for recruits training for infantry occupations, ammo can lifts.

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Marine Corps Recruit Knowledge is a guidebook to the customs and courtesies of the Marine Corps.
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Marine Corps Recruit Knowledge

During recruit training, future Marines will receive a small book known as “Marine Corps Recruit Knowledge”, or as your Drill Instructors will call it, your “knowledge.” This guidebook contains everything recruits will need to know and memorize during recruit training, but it is merely a basic guide.

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MCRD Parris Island is one of two Marine Corps Recruit Depots where Marine Corps recruits undergo basic training.
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MCRD Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,000-acre base located next to Beaufort, South Carolina. Male Marine Corps recruits from West of the Mississippi River, as well as female Marines, are trained here. Men and women are separated during training. Marine Corps Recruit Depot

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MCRD San Diego, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot is one of two training site for Marine Corps recruits.
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MCRD San Diego | The Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is located right next to San Diego Airport. It’s only ten minutes from downtown. The base’s main mission is to train enlisted male Marine recruits from west of the Mississippi. It also houses the Marine Corps Recruiter School and

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