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Marine Corps Recruit Training

Marine Corps Recruit Training consists of close order drill, rifle marksmanship, Marine Corps Martial Arts instruction, and classroom instruction on history, customs and courtesies, and a demanding physical fitness regimen.

Recruits undergo rigorous testing on the obstacle course and classrooms, but its culminating event — the Crucible — is a 54 hour event where recruits encounter 32 obstacles over a course of 40 miles. During the three day period, recruits only get four hours of sleep and three meals. 

Think you’ve got what it takes? Read more below!

Recent Marine Corps Recruit Training Articles

A Marine Corps recruit carries a simulated casualty during the Crucible event.
Marine Boot Camp

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

How the Coronavirus has Changed Marine Boot Camp

Updated on June 9th, 2022 — the 14 day quarantine is no longer in effect. Recruits must only wear masks while at dental and medical clinics. However, should a Coronavirus variant or another pandemic come along, the following information may help you prepare for a

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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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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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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 Marine Corps’ 4 weapons safety rules. As a Marine

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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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