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The American Spirit Honor Medal is a medallion offered and provided by the Citizens Committee for the Army, Navy and Air Force, Inc., of New York. N.Y. The American Spirit Honor Medal has been accepted by the Department of Defense for use as an award to enlisted personnel who, while undergoing basic training, display outstanding qualities of leadership best expressing the American Spirit—Honor, Initiative, Loyalty, and High Example to Comrades in Arms. This medallion has also been accepted by the Department of Defense for the promotion of closer ties between the Armed Services and the Civil Communities of the United States in which the Armed Services establishments are located.
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The hours are crowded with classes, drills and subjects that were of little concern to him a few short weeks before. He becomes acutely aware of himself as a member of a team with a mission to perform. He becomes keenly conscious of his obligation to his corps, his country, and to himself. In short, his training develops for him a sense of responsibility and pride Ik might never have known otherwise.
For many, excess pounds seem to disappear while others develop needed dimensions and weight Mind and body become alert and well coordinated in response to the snap and precision demanded of each individual in hand-to-hand combat, drill or marksmanship training.
Although every Marine is basically a rifleman, constant effort is made to determine each recruit's potential at an early stage in his training Through a battery of tests, his past experience and education are evaluated and his potential and aptitude measured in an effort to place him in the job or training program l est suited to his particular ability.
The personnel of Recruit Training Regiment are specialists in equipping young men with a basic Marine education. The title “Marine” is reserved for only those who can meet the high standards by which a Marine is measured.
Not until graduation day. that proud moment when a recruit becomes a fullfledged member of the Corps, can he claim the title of "United States Marine.
Recruit Training Regiment Headquarters
Although training marine recruits
HAS been one of the major functions of this installation almost from its inception, it was not until I January 1948 that it was designated Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
First established at Mare Island Navy Yard, San Francisco. in 1913. the Marine Corps' West Coast recruit training facilities moved to San Diego in August 1923.
In March 1957. the Recruit Training Command became a separate command, headed by a general officer. In December 1959. it became the Recruit Training Regiment, a unit of the parent Depot command.
To the thousands of young men who arrive here each year for training, "boot camp” separates the men from the boys, for this is truly where the Marine Corps "builds men.”
Regardless of the time of day or night he arrives at Receiving Barracks, the Marine recruit virtually undergoes a transformation within the first 55 minutes he is here. Not only does he begin to take on the appearance of a Marine with a “boot” haircut and his initial issue of clothing, but he begins to think and act like a member of the team.
From early morning to late afternoon he. and the other 75 men of his platoon, are under the constant supervision of a drill instructor w ho measures every hour for its maximum effectiveness in training If there is one rule of thumb that can be applied to recruit training, it is that nothing is“routine” to the recruit himself.
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