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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!

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

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Marine Corps Enlistment Requirements | The Hard Truth

There are multiple factors taken into consideration, and some of them can be ‘waivered’ meaning your recruiter can ask the Marine Corps to accept you anyway. Becoming a United States Marine means meeting high standards of moral, mental, and physical strength. You must pass an

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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 4 months of service. Many will graduate boot camp as an E-2, but while training as

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Marine Boot Camp

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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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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