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Marine Corps Knowledge

Becoming a Marine takes more than hard work, sweat, and rifle marksmanship. It means being educated on the history, customs and courtesies, rank structure, and operational guidelines of the Marine Corps.

Recruits begin by learning what’s in their “recruit knowledge” handbook, but learning about the Corps, and how to be a better Marine, is a career-long process.

Learn what it takes to become a United States Marine and begin memorizing recruit knowledge to get ahead of the game!

Recent Marine Corps Knowledge Articles

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

Marine Corps Boot Camp Schedule (Updated for 2020)

Marine Corps Boot Camp consist of four main phases. 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 States Marine. Think you have what it takes? How

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Recruits at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island do pull ups as part of the Initial Strength Test.
Marine Boot Camp

Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test

The purpose of the Combat Fitness Test is to test physical fitness in regards to operational needs. During combat, Marines must be able to sprint short distances, carry ammunition, and even each other if wounded. The CFT is designed to test your ability to do

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