US Marine Corps Recruit Depot - Yearbook (Parris Island, SC)
- Class of 2012
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BRIGADIER GENEaRAI. LORI REYNOLDS
Commanding General, Eastern Recruiting Region
Brigadier General Lori Reynolds was commissioned in
the Marine Corps in May 1986 after graduating from
the United States Naval Academy. Upon graduation
from The Basic School in 1987, she attended the
Basic Communication Officers Course at Quantico,
VA, and was assigned the 2502 M08.
Her first duty assignment was with Communications
Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine
Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Serving initially
as communications watch officer at the Base
Communication Center, she later returned to the
Division Communications Company where she served
from May 1988 until August 1990 as Communication
Center Platoon Commander, Multichannel Platoon
Commander, Operations Officer and Radio Officer.
In August 1990, she was reassigned to Marine Wing
Communications Squadron 18, 1st Marine Aircraft
Wing, Okinawa, Japan, and was the Detachment
Alpha Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
From September 1991 until June 1994, she was
a Project Officer at the Marine Corps Systems
Command, working primarily on item management,
procurement, and research and development for
Marine Corps Communications Security ICOMSECI
She attended the Command and Control Systems
Course, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va, from
July 1994 to May 1995 and served as a Candidate
Platoon Commander for Charlie Company, Officer
Candidate School in Quantico following graduation.
In September 1995, she returned to Camp Pendleton
to serve with the Ninth Communication Battalion, 1st
Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Intelligence Group.
While there, she served as Assistant Operations
Officer and Commanding Officer, Bravo Company.
From June 1997 to June 2000, she commanded
Recruiting Station Harrisburg, PA, 4th Marine Corps
District. She attended the Naval War College from
August 2000 until June 2001, and from June 2001 to
May 2003, was assigned as Action Officer and Deputy
Division Head for Strategic Plans Division, Command,
Control, Communications and Computers IC4I
Department, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington
She assumed command of Ninth Communication
Battalion, I MEF on 8 June 2003 and deployed in
support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in Fallujah,
Iraq from February 2004 to March 2005. She was
selected to attend the Army War College in Carlisle
Pennsylvania and graduated with the Class of 2006.
From 2006 to 2008 she was assigned to the Joint
Staff, J6 in Washington DC. She served as a Desk
Officer in Current Operations Division and as a
In March 2009, she assumed command of the I MEF
Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, CA. She
deployed the Group to Camp Leatherneck Afghanistan
from March 2010 to March 2011, where the group
supported the efforts of I MEF FWDlRegional
Command Southwest in Helmand Province.
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SERGEANT MAJOR GARY BUCK
Depot Sergeant Major, Eastern Recruiting Region
Sergeant Major Buck enlisted in the Marine Corps
in July of 1985 and entered the Delayed Entry
Program. He attended recruit training aboard Marine
Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, 8.0, in March
of 1986 and was assigned to Alpha Company, 1st
Recruit Training Battalion. After completing recruit
training he attended Infantry Training School at Camp
Geiger, N.C., where he was assigned the MOS of
0341. Upon completing training as a mortarman he
was meritoriously promoted to private first class and
received orders to Marine Barracks Guam, Mariana
Islands for security force duty where he served from
June 1986 until May of 1988.
Then Lance Corporal Buck was transferred to Kilo
Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division where he served as a fire team
leader and squad leader from May 1988 until January
1989. Then Corporal Buck was reassigned to Delta
Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 1st
Marine Division where he served as a squad leader
aggoplatoon sergeant from January 1989 until June
Upon reenlisting then Sergeant Buck was transferred
to Fleet Anti-Terrorist Security Team tFASTt Company,
Marine Corps Security Force Battalion in Norfolk, VA.
The billets he was assigned to during his tour were
section leader, platoon guide, rifle platoon sergeant,
and rifle platoon commander. While assigned to FAST
Company he participated in Operations Desert Shield
and Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, and Operation Safe
Return in Haiti. Upon completion of his tour in August
of 1993 Staff Sergeant Buck received orders to Drill
:nlstrlactngSchool, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris
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After graduation he was assigned to Delta Company,
1st Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment where he
served as drill instructor, senior drill instructor and
series gunnery sergeant until May of 1996. Upon
completion of drill instructor dut he was reassigned to
Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, nd Marine Regiment,
2nd Marine Division.
The billets he held during his tour were Rifle Platoon
Sergeant, Weapons Platoon Sergeant, Rifle Platoon
Commander, Assistant Operations Chief, and
Company Gunnery Sergeant.
While assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment
he participated in Operations Guardian Retrieval
and Noble Obelisk, and conducted noncombatant
evacuation operations in Kinshasa, Zaire, Freetown
and Sierra Leone. Duringhis tour of duty he was
egomoted to the rank of unnery Sergeant on Dec. 1,
Upon completion of his duties at 1st Battalion, 2nd
Marine Regiment Gunnery Sergeant Buck was
assigned to the Staff Noncommissioned Officers
Academy, Camp Geiger, N.C., from January of 2000
until May of 2002 where he served as a faculty advisor
and chief faculty advisor of the Advanced Course.
In May of 2002 he was promoted to First Sergeant and
transferred to Charlie Company, 2nd Tank Battalion,
2nd Marine Division. During this tour he participated
in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Iraqi Freedom 22
In June of 2005 he was promoted to his current rank
and transferred to Recruiting Station Harrisburg
to serve as the recruiting station sergeant major.
In April of 2008 Sergeant Major Buck transferred
to Headquarters, First Marine Corps District and
assumed the duties as the district sergeant major.
In July of 2010 Sergeant Major Buck transferred to
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC. where
he assumed his current position as the Sergeant
Major of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Islandl
Eastern Recruiting Region.
Sergeant Major Buckts personal awards include the
Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars in lieu of
third award, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation
Medal with gold stars in lieu of fifth award, Navy and
Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu
of second award, and CombatAction Ribbon.
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COLONEL ROBERT W. JONES
Commanding Officer, Recruit Training Regiment
Colonel Jones graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant and attended The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course. In April of 1990, he
was assigned to 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division as a rifle platoon commander, He deployed with Battalion
Landing Team 218, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit and participated in Operation Desert Shield and Provide Comfort.
He was then assigned as the Heavy Machinegun Platoon Commander and deployed with the Battalion to Okinawa and
In January of 1993, he transferred to The Basic School and served as a Tactics Instructor and then as a Staff Platoon
Commander for two lieutenant training companies. In 1997, he attended the Amphibious Warfare School, and upon
graduation assumed command of Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine
Division. His battalion was assigned as the Battalion Landing Team for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and deployed
to the Persian Gulf and Pacific Command area of responsibility.
Following this deployment, he was assigned as the Assistant Operations Officer, and subsequently, the Operations
Officer for 1st Marine Regiment. During this tour he completed the non-resident Command and Staff College curriculum.
In June of 2000, he transferred to the staff of the Commander, Sixth Fleet, Gaeta, Italy as the Expeditionary Operations
and Exercise Officer. In 2002, he was selected to attend the School of Advanced Warfighting. Upon graduation, he
transferred to MAGTF Staff Training Program serving as the Ground Combat Element Section Head and the head of the
MAGTF Branch. He augmented the 1st Marine Division staff during Operation Iraqi Freedom II at Camp Blue Diamond,
Ramadi, Iraq from February to June of 2004.
Colonel Jones took command of 3d Recruit Training Battalion in July of 2006, and relinquished command in June of
2008. He was subsequently assigned as a student at the National War College and graduated with a MS in National
Security Strategy. In June of 2009, Colonel Jones assumed duties as the Assistant for Land Domains in the Office of the
Secretary of Defense, Homeland Defense and Americas, Security Affairs.
Colonel Jones' personal awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with
Gold Star, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star.
SERGEANT MAJOR JAMES K. PORTERFIELD
Sergeant Major, Recruit Training Regiment
Sergeant Major Porterfield was born in Jacksonville,
FL. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 1989 and
completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
San Diego, CA. Upon completion in August 1989 he
reported to Millington, TN for basic avionics training. After
raduation in March 1990, he was directed to report to
MCAS Cherry Point for MOS specific training on AV-8B
Following MOS school he was assigned to Marine
ttack Squadron 211 in July 1990. In June 1992 he was
attached to HMM-161 tREINI, 11th Marine Expeditionary
Unit for Operation Desert Stay in SouthwestAsia, Restore
Hope in Somalia, Operation Eager Mace in Kuwait and
Operation Nautical Mantis in Saudi Arabia. In May 1993
his unit deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan for the unit
deployment plan. In September 1996 he was attached to
HMM-166 tREINI as SNCOIC of the AV-8B detachment,
11th MEU for Operation Southern Watch, returning in April
In September 1997, he was transferred to the Marine
Corps Recruit Depot San Diego where he served as a Drill
Instructor, Senior Drill Instructor and Chief Drill Instructor
assigned to Company M Third Recruit Training Battalion.
In 1999, he was selected as the Third Battalion Drill
Instructor of the Year and Drill Instructor of the Quarter
tfourth quarteri. In February 2000, he checked into
Instructional Training Company, earning the MOS 8551
close combat instructor. In April 2000, he then transferred
to Drill Instructor School for duty as a squad instructor,
serving as the General Military Subjects, Techniques of
Military Instruction, Uniform instructor and Curriculum
Ordered to MCAS Yuma in January 2002, he reported
to Marine Attack Squadron 214 as the avionics division
Deploying in January 2003, he served as the Avionics
Division Chief in support of Operation Enduring Freedom,
Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Upon his return from Iraq he received orders to 11th
Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton,
CA. Where he served as Kilo Battery First Sergeant,
2nd Battalion, 11th Marines until January 2004, when he
received orders to 1st LightArmored Reconnaissance
Battalion. Shortly after arriving he was assigned to Alpha
Company and deployed in February 2004 in support of
Operation Iraqi Freedom II and participated in the first
push into FaIIujah in April 2004. He then re-deployed
back to Iraq for the third time participating in Operation
Steel Curtain in Husaybah returning in March 2006.
He then reported to Recruiting Station Portland in March
2007, where he served as the RS Sergeant Major
until December 2009 when he received orders to 1st
Marine Division. Upon arrival he was assigned to 1st
Reconnaissance Battalion and deployed to Afghanistan in
May 2010 where he participated in Operation New Dawn
in Trek Nawa and Eastern Endeavor in Sangin. Sergeant
Major Porterfield assumed his current post in December
Sergeant Major Porterfield's personal decorations
include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service MedaI,
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with
Combat Distinguishing Device and two Gold Stars, Navy
and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat
Distinguishing Device and three Gold Stars and the
CombatAction Ribbon with gold star and Basic Airborne
wings. Sergeant Major Porterfield also has a Bachelors
degree in Public Administration from Roger Williams
PARRIS ISLAND HISTORY
Parris Island, located in Port Royal Sound, has a long and
colorful history. Although the first Marines did not arrive
on the island until June, 1891, the story of its occupancy
by first to come to the area were Spanish explorers, who
arrived in the harbor in 1520. They named the area Santa
Elena and claimed it for the King of Spain.
In 1562, a French expedition of Huguenots tProtestantsy
arrived in Port Royal. Under the command of Jean Ribaut, ,, , . 1 TO '
the French explored the harbor, landed on Parris Island, 7 :7 l
and somewhere in the region, established a small outpost y , PARR'S ISLAND
called Charlesfort. Ribaut returned to France, with plans 1 t
of expanding his foothold at Port Royal, however, before E "WE MAKE MARINES" ,
he could return the garrison of Charlesfort mutinied and -'v .
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When word of the French incursions reached Spanish
authorities, an expedition was out-fitted under Pedro
Menendez to destroy the French and place colonies along
the southeast coast. Menendez established St. Augustine,
defeated French expeditions, and in 1566, he came to
Parris Island where he built his capital city of Santa Elena.
For the next ten years Parris Island served as the site of
the capital of Spanish Florida. In 1577 the settlers were
driven out by the Indians. They returned the following
year and rebuilt their homes, but in 1586, because of
English raids, they abandoned Santa Elena and moved to
In 1663, nearly 100 years after the Spanish had left,
WiIIiam Hilton came to Port Royal and visited the remains ' 7' "Me:
of the Spanish settlement on Parris Island. Hiltonis
glowing reports of the area resulted in the English
settlement of South Carolina. Parris Island was owned by
a number of early colonialists, including Alexander Parris,
the treasurer of South Carolina, who purchased the island
in 1715. The islands name dates back to him, and his
daughter and son-in-Iaw were the first English settlers of
Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, in November,
1861, Union forces captured Port Royal Sound and
Parris Island became a coaling station for the Navy. This
function was taken up again after the war, thanks in large
part to the former slave turned Congressman Robert
Smalls, who fought for the creation of a new federal
military installation on the island.
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Marines were first stationed on Parris Island in 1891, in the form of a small security detachment headed by First
Sergeant Richard Donovan. His unit was attached to the Naval Station, Port Royal, the forerunner of Parris Island.
Donovanis unit was highly commended for preserving life and property during hurricanes and tidal waves that swept
over the island in 1891 and 1893.
Military buildings and homes constructed between 1891 and World War I form the nucleus of the Parris Island Historic
District. At the district center are the commanding generalis home, a 19th century wooden dry dock and a turn-of-the-
century gazeboeall of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
On November 1, 1915, Parris Island was officially designated a Marine Corps Recruit Depot and training was continued
from then on.
Prior to 1929, a ferry provided all transportation to and from the island from Port Royal docks to the Recruit Depot docks.
In that year the causeway and a bridge over Archer's Creek were completed, thus ending the water transportation
era. The causeway was dedicated as the General E. A. Pollock Memorial Causeway in April 1984. During the fateful
December 1941, 5,272 recruits arrived there with 9,206 arriving the following month, making it necessary to add the 5th,
6th, 7th and 8th Recruit Training Battalions. As the war influx continued, five battalions were sent to New River, North
Carolina, to train, and the Depot expanded to 13 battalions. From 1941 through 1945, the Marines trained 204,509
recruits here and at the time of the Japanese surrender, the Depot contained more than 20,000 recruits.
On February 15, 1949, the Marines activated a separate "command" for the sole purpose of training female recruits.
Later, this command was designated the 4th Recruit Training Battalion and it now serves as the only battalion in the
Corps for training female recruits.
The Korean War began in 1950 when 2,350 recruits were in training. From then until the 1st Marine Division withdrew
from Korea, Parris Island drill instructors trained more than 138,000 recruits. During March 1952, the training load
peaked at 24,424 recruits. The recruit tide again flooded during the years of the Vietnam War, reaching a peak training
load of 10,979 during March 1966.
Today, the Marines train about 17,000 recruits at Parris Island each year.
MISSION AND VISION
We make Marines who are committed to our Core Values in service to the country.
We are a cohesive team of Marines, Sailors, and civilians committed to upholding the legacy and operational
relevance of the Corps by attracting qualified young men and women and transforming them mentally,
physically and morally into US. Marines.
We are guided by our Core Values of honor, courage and commitment.
We are committed to:
- Pursuing quality
- Being good stewards of resources and the environment
. Ensuring the professional development of our people
- Fostering positive community relations
. Promoting an atmosphere that relies on teamwork and integration
- Fostering an environment of decentralized decision making
. Achieving a balance between our mission and quality of life
- Being accountable for mission accomplishment, our people, and ourselves
To support our mission of "Making Marines" who are committed to our core values while serving the country in
the 21st Century, our strategy reflects an integration of the many elements that go into making a basic Marine.
Starting with our links to the local
commuunities in the Eastern
United States, the Marine
recruiter seeks young men and
women who meet established
standards and have the ability
to be transformed into enlisted
Marines and Marine officers.
These same recruiters prepare
the future Marines for recruit
training and Officer Candidate
School and maintain close ties
with their families.
Once these future Marines arrive
for training, the Marine Drill
Instructor begins the important
task of providing progressive and
demanding training and instilling
in them the core values of Honor,
Courage, and Commitment.
This demanding training is
not done in isolation, but is
supported by the various units
and sections of the supporting
establishments that work side-
by-side with the trainers to
mold future Marines, physically,
mentally and morally.
"Making Marines" involves many
people and organizations. It
creates a synergy of leadership,
values, and commitment to the
Marine Corps, our duties, our
families, and our fellow Marines,
Sailors, and Civilian Marines
past and present.
Our strategy embraces these
ideas; our strategic goals and
guiding principles keep us
focused on the mission at hand-
the making of a basic Marine-for
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The mental and moral qualities of the United States Marine
have been tested constantly since the birth of the Nation.
Throughout the long history of the Marine Corps there are
examples, both in war and peace, of the Marines' versatility,
fidelity, tenacity, courage and self sacrifice.
The rich tradition of the Corps dates back to November 10,
1775, when it was established by the Continental Congress in
the Revolutionary War. The Marines fought against the British
Fleet on the ships of John Paul Jones, and made their first
amphibious landing on the beaches of the Bahamas in 1776.
Marines entered the first Barbary War in the Mediterranean
against the Barbary Pirates when they planted the Stars 8
Stripes over the pirate stronghold of Derne, Tripoli after a
six-hundred miIe march across the desert of North Africa. This
was the first time in history that the United States flag was
raised in victory on foreign soil. In the War of 1812, Marines
fought on Lake Champlain and Lake Erie, and were with
General Jackson behind the barricades at New Orleans.
Back home, they defeated the Seminole Indians in the dense
swamps of Florida in 1836, and fought under General Scott
in the Mexican War of 1846-48. Their first visit to Japan came
in 1854 as guard detachments from the ships of Commodore
Perry's fleet. Under the command of Colonel Robert E. Lee
U.S.A., Marines captured John Brown at Harpers Ferry in
1859. Marines served both ashore and afloat during the
American Civil War, fighting in battles at Bull Run, Cape
Hatteras, New Orleans, Charleston, and Fort Fisher.
of Korea in 1871. During the Spanish American War, a s' i
battalion of Marines held the naval base at Guantan- '
distinguished themselves at the Battle of Santiago, , ,
Dewey at Manila. They helped quell the Boxer ' '
China in 1900, and from then on until World we
Corps campaigned in the Philippines, Cuba,
and Santo Domingo to protect American litre
On the battlefields of Franseduring thegfirst'WorId War, ,
Marines were called tDevilDogs" by th$fnGerin ans beau
of their courage and tenacity of attack. I. e: Qurth Marine
Brigade took part in five eerations as partibf e fame?! U
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and the Meuse-Argonne Marine Units were
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aviation came into its own.
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spearhead the amphibious landings across the Pacific in the
Solomons, at Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, lwo Jima, and Okinawa,
to name a few.
While Marine units participated in the post-war occupation of
Japan and northern China, a new type of service began - duty
wuth United Nations Forces in Korea.
In 1950, Marines left the Puson perimeter to conduct a bold
amphibious landing at lnchon leading to the near destruction
of the Korean People's Army. Later, they fought in the frigid
cold of the Chosin Reservoir, and while surrounded and
outnumbered eight to one by the Chinese Army, decimated
10 Chinese infantry divisions and fought their way back to the
sea to rejoin the American forces.
in Panama in 1989 to protectAmerican lives and restore
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The end of the decade saw Marines land in Lebanon in 1958
to restore order there, and in the Dominican Republic in 1965
to protect and evacuate Americans trapped in the midst of the
Large-scaie U.S. involvement in SoutheastAsia began
in 1965; and for six years Marines fought Communist
aggression in the mountains, jungles, and rice paddies of
South Vietnam, where new honors were won at pIaces like
Khe Sanh and Hue City.
Marines made their presence felt worldwide throughout the
1970's as they evacuated embassy staffs, American citizens,
foreign nationals, and refuges in Cyprus, Cambodia, and the
Republic of Vietnam. Marines also played a crucial role in the
rescue of the crew of the SS Mayaguez, thus ending the last
official battle of Vietnam.
In the 1980's, Marines served with distinction at the
embassies around the world in the face of increasing
terrorist attacks. They were part of the U.N.Is multinational
peacekeeping force sent to Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982;
were called on to intervene in Grenada in 1983 and then
the democratic process in those nations. By virtue of their
eXpedItionary nature and forward deployment, they were
gosen to conduct numerous noncombatant evacuations
'91,. ' .ilian and diplomats, as well as to offer humanitarian
as$tance to people in need in war-torn countries and in
are of the world struck by natural disasters.
: regular and reserve Marines deployed to Saudi
tesponse to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The
February, I Marine Expeditionary force attacked
nst Iraqi defenses during Operation Desert Storm.
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Response to assist in earthquake relief efforts, and to
Pakistan to assist with flood relief efforts. In 2011, they
evacuated Egyptian refugees fleeing Libyan unrest, and then
conducted the first wave of air strikes against Qadhafi regime
forces as part of a UN. resolution to halt offensive actions
against Libyan people. Later that year, Marines deployed
to Japan as part of Operation Tomodachi for humanitarian
missions following devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.
The United States Marine Corps, rich in tradition, world-
famed for its battle record, envied for its esprit de corps,
and respected for it professionalism, continues to play
an important role as the Nations "force-in-readiness" in
preserving the American way of life and protecting our
citizens, property and interests abroad.
DRILL INSTRUCTORlS CREED
"These recruits are entrusted to my
care. I will train them to the best
of my ability. I will develop them
into smartly disciplined, physically
fit, basically trained Marines,
thoroughly indoctrinated in love
of the Corps and country. I will
demand of them and demonstrate
by my own example, the highest
standards of personal conduct,
morality and professional skill."
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The initial period of Marine Corps Recruit Training is caiied the Receiving Phase, which begins as the new
recruits are on the bus en route to Parris Isiand. They are greeted by a drill instructor, who acquaints them with
the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to which they are now subject. Disembarking from the bus, they line up
on the famous "yellow footprints", which is their first formation and learn how to stand at attention.
The recruits are given the opportunity to phone their next of kin and inform them of the recruit's safe arrival,
then are searched for contraband. The males receive their first military haircut, where they are left essentially
bald. Females are instructed in the authorized hairstyling, which allows hair to be short enough to not touch
the collar or in a bun. They are issued their Marine Corps clothing and toiletries.
4; The remainder of receiving involves completing paperwork, issuing an M16A4 service rifle, receiving vaccines
.;- and medical tests, and storing civilian belongings under the eye of the receiving drill instructors. This takes
j approximately three days and ends with the Initial Strength Test tiSTi. The IST is a shortened form of the
Physical Fitness Test all Marines must pass every year. The IST is to assess if a recruit is physically fit
enough to begin training. To pass, a male recruit must complete at least 2 puIl-ups, 44 crunches in two
minutes, and run 1.5 miles in 13 minutes and 30 seconds or less. The female recruits must hold a "flexed arm
hang" thanging on a bar with their arms benti for at least 12 seconds, complete 44 crunches in two minutes,
and run 1.5 miles in 15:00 minutes or less.
On Friday the recruits meet their permanent Drill Instructors. They also meet their Company Commander,
usually a Captain, who orders their Drill Instructors to train them to become Marines and has them recite the
Drill Instructor's Creed. At this point recruit training truly begins. Recruits are familiarized with incentive training
3 as one of the consequences of disobedience or failure to perform to a Drill Instructor's expectations. The
ir- Drill Instructors physically, psychologically, and mentally challenge the recruits, including yelling at maximum
3 volume and intimidation, to simulate stress of the battlefield and elicit immediate compliance to instructions.
The remainder of receiving is made as confusing and disorienting for the recruits as possible, to help distance
the recruits from civilian habits and to prepare them for Marine Corps discipline.
It is at this point that a recruit must come to terms with the decision he or she has made and develop the
true determination needed to make it through the process of becoming a United States Marine. The final
"moment of truth" is offered to those who have been dishonest about their eligibility, such as drug use, judicial
y convictions, or other disqualifying conditions.
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ARRIVAL AT PARRIS ISLAND
Every new Marine who graduates on Parris Island started 13 weeks earlier on the famous yellow footprints. While standing in
their first formation, this is what they hear;
"You are now aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina and you have just taken the first step toward
becoming a member of the worlds finest fighting force - The United States Marine Corps.
You should be standing at the position of attention, that means your heels are touching; feet at a 45 degree angle; thumbs
along the trouser seams; palms rolled inboard; fingers in their natural curl; head and eyes straight to the front; and your mouth
is shut, I say again, your mouth is shut. This is the only position from which you will speak to any Marine, sailor, or civilian
personnel during your stay on Parris Island.
As a civilian, you were subject to civilian laws, as a United States Marine Corps Recruit, you are now also subject to the
Uniform Code of Military Justice. For now, you need to be aware of three important articles; each of which is punishable at
commanding officerls non-judicial punishment or court martial.
First: Article 86: "Unauthorized absence," you will be where you are supposed to be, at the proper time, and in the proper
uniform. Do you understand? Second: Article 91: tDisrespect," you will be respectful to all Marines, sailors, and civilians
aboard this depot. Disrespect, whether it be through words, facial expressions, or gestures, will not be tolerated. Do you
understand? Third: Article 92: "Disobedience of a lawful orderf you will do what you are told to do, when you are told to do it -
without question. Do you understand?
To your right is the receiving center. Here, you will be introduced to your receiving Drill Instructors who will lead you through
your initial processing. You will spend the next 3-5 days with them. At the end of this week, you will be turned over to a team
of Drill Instructors who will train you for the next twelve weeks.
The Marine Corps, success depends on teamwork. Teamwork, therefore, is an essential part of your training here at Parris
Island. Starting now, you will train as a team. You will live, eat, sleep, and train as a team. The word "ll will no longer be a part
of your vocabulary. Do you understand?
Tens of thousands of Marines began outstanding service to our country on the very footprints where you are standing. Are you
ready to carry forward their tradition? Follow me."
MEDICAL 8: DENTAL
Recruit training is a rigor s 12 week process so all processing begins with a detailed medical and dental screening to
ensure the recruits are fit to train.
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INITIAL STRENGTH TEST
This initial test evaluates the recruits, physical capabilities upon arrival to Parris Island. Recruits who fail to achieve the
minimum standards may be sent to the Physical Conditioning Platoon for remedial conditioning.
During the Receiving Phase, recruits learn basic in-house procedures like making racks, cleaning rifles and organizing
their foot lockers. All of this is to prepare them for the day they are picked up by their drill instructors.
REPORT TO DRILL INSTRUCTOR
uStand on the footprints at attention and slap the handprint 3 times and scream, Good Morning Sir, Recruit
requests permission to speak to drill instructor
Phase One lasts approximately four weeks. Here, discipline will begin to be instilled in recruits by disorienting them and
breaking them from old civilian habits and mindsets. Drill instructors begin reinforcing the mental and physical standards
, needed to perform under stressful situations that could be experienced in combat situations. Recruits learn a complete
. new way of speaking and use language and terminology they will use throughout their entire time in the Marine Corps.
The purpose of Phase One is to mentally and physically challenge the recruits. At this point, civilian habits are
completely detrimental to training, so they are eliminated during this period through intense physiqaitraining strict
routines, discipline and intense instruction. The ,pr $5 is designed to enable recruits to learn to survive in combat I
situations and to adapt and overcome any unexpected situation. One of the principal ideals learned during this petiod'
is that recruits are not to think of themselves as indiViduals; they are not permitted to use first cam pronoun ii. 'i
Instead, recruits refer to themselves as "This Regr'uit" nd all tasks are designed With teamwrji'v mind and rgcruits are
expected to conform to a standard that does not tolera personal eccentricities It Is a fast "
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i the f rst phase, they learn all of the basic
mmands and movements, memorizing the u
nchronize a recruit's movements with the rest of his or her platoon.
I , o facilitate muscle memory, so that any given movement can be rendered
immediately an , r without hesitation. To aid In this development, drill movements are worked into
other parts of or , , . se the platoon s synchronization and muscle memory; this same technique IS used
with other no, II actiw Ie I :lhe first inter-platoon contest, held in the first week of the second phase, is termed
"initial drill", ere the platoon and juyior-most drill instructor are graded as a whole on their performance in close order
ng this phase, recruits are familiarized with their rk This weapon, never referred to as a gun stays with the
Uit through the entirety of recruit tng, being locked to his or her rack at night. Piatoons will stack weapons
W er under guard for activities where retaining it is impractical, such as swimming. Recruits must memorize the
rial number, the four weapons ty rules, the four weapons conditions, and go through preparatory lessons
, e rifles in close order drill, and will spend considerable time cleaning their
in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Physieall fitness gradually
to get stronger and their bodies accustomed to the strain Recruits
hwg'ow' In length. Periodic fitness tests assess whiCh recruits
to et the minimum are in danger of being sent to the Physical
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Generation after generation ofAmerican men and women have given special meaning to the term United
States Marine. They have done so by their performance on and off the battlefield. Feared by enemies,
respected by allies, and loved by the American people, Marines are a special breed. This reputation
was gained and is maintained by a set of enduring Core Values. The values form the cornerstone, the
bedrock, and the heart of our character. They are the guiding beliefs and principles that give us strength,
influence our attitudes, and regulate our behavior. They bond our Marine Family into a total force that can
meet any challenge.
HONOR: The bedrock of our character. The quality that guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in
ethical and moral behavior; never to lie, cheat, or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity;
to respect human dignity; to have respect and concern for each other. The quality of maturity, dedication,
trust, and dependability that commits Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for actions; to fulfill
obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions.
COURAGE: The heart of our Core Values, courage is the mental, moral, and physical strength ingrained
in Marines to carry them through the challenges of combat and the mastery of fear; to do what is right; to
adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct; to lead by example, and to make tough decisions under
stress and pressure. it is the inner strength that enables a Marine to take that extra step.
COMMITMENT: The spirit of determination and dedication within members of a force of arms that leads
to professionalism and mastery of the art of war. It leads to the highest order of discipline for unit and self,
it is the ingredient the enables 24-hour a day dedication to Corps and Country; pride; concern for others;
and an unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor. Commitment is
the value that establishes the Marine as the warrior and citizen others strive to emulate.
Reaffirm these Core Values and ensure they guide your performance, behavior, and conduct every
minute of every day.
"The value of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, imprinted on their souls during recruit training and
strengthened thereafter, mark a Marinets character for a life time."
General J.T. Conway, 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps
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There is no denying that Marines are leaders. From
day one, recruits begin to learn what this means.
By the time recruit training is over and they become
Marines, each one will be prepared to lead with
In the classroom, recruits learn the 11 Leadership
Principles and 14 Leadership Traits, and they apply
these lessons throughout recruit training.
Marine Corps training is a lot more than just physical.
Recruits spend many hours in the classroom learning
everything necessary for becoming a Marine. There
will be written tests and tests in practical application.
Academic studies include:
- Marine Corps History including important battles
- Marine Corps language and terminology
- Culture and traditions of the Marine Corps
In the classroom Marines also learn about leadership
development and the Core Values of the Marine
MANY RECRUITS, ONE PLATOON
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Every single detail in recruit training is done a specific way for a reason. Whether it be the way recruits sit tright over
leftii every day to prepare them for marksmanship training or the way they hold their canteen to simulate a rifle. Close
Order Drill has a greater purpose as well. Moving as a unit is as essential during training as in combat. Recruits will
practice Close Order Drill, marching in formation, from the day they arrive through the day they graduate.
Platoons must execute the Drill lnstructoris exact commands efficiently as they move throughout the base. They will be t
tested on this skill in weeks 5 and 11. At graduation, families are always impressed to see the precision and discipline
displayed as the new Marines march on the parade deck.
In battle, the discipline they learned through drilling will keep their platoon working together as one team and focused on
MARINE CORPS MARTIAL ARTS
ONE MIND, ANY WEAPON
Driven by the philosophy of tone mind, any weapon," the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program tMCMAPy combines some
of the most effective unarmed techniques from various martial arts with armed techniques designed for combat.
To earn the title United States Marine, every recruit is required to qualify for his or her tan belt by demonstrating
proficiency in the following:
' Bayonet techniques
- Upper and lower body strikes
- Basic chokes and throws
- Defensive counters
- Responsible use of force
During their time in the Corps, Marines can advance through five colored belt levels.
MCMAP stresses physical, mental and character disciplines. Marines study martial arts culture and history to hone their
minds. They maintain optimal fitness through extensive combat conditioning and practice of new skills. More importantly,
MCMAP reinforces the moral values Marines count on to execute their battlefield objectives as ethical warriors.
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Building stamina, strength and confidence
Physical training prepares recruits to meet the Marine Corps, high standards of physical fitness. Throughout recruit
training, a daily sequence of increasing challenges will help them develop the body of a Marine.
Overcoming obstacles, building confidence
During the two rounds of the Confidence Course, recruits will face 11 unique challenges, each more demanding than
the one before.
Recruits will first complete the course individually and then in 4-man fireteams, adding teamwork to the physical
challenge. The course increases recruits, physical strength and, as the name implies, confidence.
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Pugil sticks are heavily padded poles recruits spar with to simulate rifle and bayonet combat. These weapons are an
effective and safe way for recruits to develop the intensity, confidence and combat techniques of a Marine. They will
learn how to outmaneuver and overpower an opponent.
For most recruits, pugil sticks training is the first physical combat they have ever experienced. They will have to learn to
act despite fear. It is a critical step in their transformation from civilian to warrior.
There are three levels of pugil sticks training:
- In Pugil Sticks l, recruits learn the safety precautions and rules of fighting
. In Pugil Sticks ll, recruits fight on wooden bridges 2.5 feet above the ground
- ln Pugil Sticks lll, bouts are conducted in simulated trenches and confined spaces
The bayonet is a time honored weapon in the Marine Corps. On the bayonet assault course, recruits learn to attach and
detach the bayonet from the rifle quickly and practice using the bayonet. This training builds self-confidence and the
recruits become masters of deadly combat skills.
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1918: Battle of Belleau Wood - The relentless "Devil Dogs"
Deep in Belleau Wood, just outside of Paris, the Marine Corps
fought relentlessly against German soldiers in World War I. Four
days into battle, Marines had suffered heavy casualties and were
pinned down by machine-gun fire.
On 7 June 1918, with few grenades and no signal flares left,
Marine forces launched an assault with fixed bayonets, seizing
enemy positions. Marine riflemen demonstrated their hring skills,
shredding the lines of an oncoming German counterattack.
After 20 days of intense fighting, the Marines had won the
Battle of Belleau Wood. The German survivors, exhausted and
wounded, gave a fitting nickname to their relentless opponent:
Teufelhunden, or "Devil Dogs."
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COMBAT WATER SURVIVAL
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By definition, the Marine Corps is an amphibious assault force. Therefore all Marine recruits are required to know how
to survive in the water. Recruits receive basic water survival training at the indoor pool, which is safely conducted by
specially trained instructors. Training in combat water survival develops a recruit's confidence in the water.
All recruits must pass the minimum requirement level of Water Survival Basic tWSBi, which requires recruits to perform
a variety of water survival and swimming techniques. If recruits meet the WSB requirements, they may upgrade to a
All recruits train in the camouflage utility uniform, but those upgrading may be required to train in full combat gear, which
includes a rifle, helmet, flak jacket and pack.
In Phase Two, recruits are introduced to field skills, take
part in two weeks of primary marksmanship training and
complete "Team Week".
The first inter-platoon contest, held in the first week
of the second phase, is termed "initial drilll, where the
platoon and junior-most drill instructor are graded as a
whole on their performance in close order drill.
The second week is known as "Grass Week", when
recruits must learn the fundamentals of marksmanship.
Recruits spend a lot of time both in and outside of the
classroom during grass week. Recruits spend time
practicing their firing positions, also called usnapping
in". Recruits are taught how to shoot by a Primary
Marksmanship Instructor, a Marine of the MOS 0931.
While range personnel wear campaign covers similar
to drill instructors, PMIs are not drill instructors and
generally not as strict in enforcing discipline upon
recruits, focusing on marksmanship and expecting
recruits to uphold their own discipline.
The third week is called "Firing Week", which ends with
Qualification Day. This week recruits are awakened early
in the morning to prepare the rifle range for firing. Half of
the platoons will fire at the 200, 300, and 500 yards, in the
standing, sitting, kneeling and prone positions; the other half
will mark targets in the pits. Friday of that week is qualification
day, where recruits must qualify with a minimum score in
order to earn a marksmanship badge and continue training.
The Marines are the only branch of the United States Armed
Forces that require the 500 yard line qualification.
After the rifle range, recruits begin Team Week. During this
week, recruits will be able to revisit previous instruction and
retake tests. Recruits that need to have medical or dental
needs addressed, such as the extraction of wisdom teeth,
have those procedures done here so that recovery time
impacts training as little as possible. Recruits are also fitted
for their service and dress uniforms.
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The fact that every Marine is a rifleman, no matter what their Military Occupational Specialty, has been one of the
hallmarks of the Marine Corps throughout our history. It was Marine marksmen who were shooting from the high rigging
on ships during the sea battles of the American Revolution. During the battle of Belleau Wood, during World War I,
Marines hit German targets from more than 500 yards away. In Vietnam Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, a Marine
sniper, had a service record of 93 confirmed kills.
To develop those skills, recruits will spend two weeks learning how to shoot the Marine Corps way. Recruits fire the
same M16A4 service rifle that they were issued at the beginning of training and have been carrying every day for the
last five weeks. The M16A4 is a 5.56 mm, lightweight, magazine fed, gas operated, air cooled, shoulder fired weapon.
Recruits learn to remember these characteristics by the acronym LM-GAS. The M16A4 is constructed of steel,
luminum and composite plastics.
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During Grass Week, recruits are taught the fundamentals of weapons safety and marksmanship with their M-16A4
service rifle. During this week, recruits are introduced to the four shooting positions:
A Combat Marksmanship Instructor, or CMI, teaches recruits how to fire, how to adjust their sights and how to take
into account the effects of wind and weather. They spend hours usnapping in," or dry firing while in the four positions,
preparing their bodies to remain steady while they shoot. They also train in the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship
Training USMTl facility, which is similar to a video game, but provides the CMI and the recruit with instant feedback on
Recruits will also "zerot, their service rifle and fire a grouping exercise to verify how their individual rifle shoots. This is
the ability to group all shots within a 9 minute angle. The results will tell the recruit the initial sight settings, or "dopet to
set on his or her rifle.
By the time a recruit fires that first actual shot during Firing Week, he or she will have dry fired his or her rifle from each
of the four positions thousands of times.
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During the second week of marksmanship training, recruits start before sunrise preparing their rifle, the range and
themselves to shoot the Table 1 known-distance course of fire. Recruits prepare for rifle qualification on Friday by firing
50 rounds of slow fire tone shot at a timei and rapid fire 00 shots in a row from the four shooting positions at ranges of
200, 300 and 500 yards.
The recruits also learn the four rifle range safety rules that they will hear several times each day, and for the rest of their
time in the Marine Corps:
- Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.
- Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire.
- Never point your weapon at anything you dont intend to shoot.
- Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire.
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. M and are striving for the coveted tCrossed Rifles" of the Rifle Expert
badge. Recruits can also earn the Rifle Sharpshooter and Rifle
Marksman badges, and in order to qualify with the M-16A4 service
rifle a recruit must shoot a score of a minimum 190 points out of the
possible 250 points.
Because every Marine is first a Rifleman, all Marines must requalify
with their rifles every year.
he nGas Chamberti is actually the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear iCBRNi confidence
hamber. The recruits learn about the M40 Field Protective Mask, or "Gas Mask." They then develop
onfidence in the mask's protective capability in the chamber exercise where recruits learn proper handling of a
as mask and how to calmly place it on their head and breathe.
his exercise exposes the recruits to a simulated toxic environment by using CS Gas, a substance that is used
:3 a riot control agent. It is non-iethal and builds the recruits' confidence in their gear, with the understanding
hat the masks can save their lives. This experience gives them confidence as they now understand some of
he basic protective measures that must be taken against CBRN weapons or hazards. It further reinforces the
nderstanding that as Marines, we are a tforce-in-readiness" regardless of the circumstance.
ecruits learn rappelling, a controlled slide down a rope that prepares Marines for deployment from helicopters, for
t avigating difficult terrain and for gaining access to buildings during raids. From the rappel tower, recruits learn the
t roper way to brake, regulate speed and land safely.
i h 'appelling teaches recruits technique as well as confidence and courage in a supervised environment.
Phase Three is essentially the polishing of the recruits, when their skills and knowleci are honed and tested.
Phase Three begins with Table 2 firing, where recruits learn to fire their rifle under more realistic combat conditions,
such as unknown distances, at night, and wearing a gas mask.
During Basic Warrior Training tBWTi, they learn the fundamentals of combat, they sleep in the field and eat MREs.
Skills taught include camouflage, low crawling, land navigation, basic squad tactics, rappeiling, and other foundations
of military skills.
After this week, recruits return to garrison for the final drill competition, take the final PFT, and take the final written test
twhich culminates all of their academic and classroom topicsi; each event has a trophy for the highest-scoring platoon.
At this point, recruits will take their MCMAP test and earn their tan belt; those who fail are dropped. Recruits then
prepare for the Crucible.
BAs VllARORlR TRAINING
The recruits will conduct various exercises to begin developing basic field and combat skills. Some of the events they
will execute are:
- Day Movement Course
- Firing at multiple targets
- Firing at targets from unknown distances
. Combat Shooting lTable 2l
- Combat Endurance Course
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HAND AND ARM SIGNALS
COMBAT ENDURANCE COURSE
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PUGIL STICKS IV
In Pugil Sticks IV the bouts will start with the recruits entering simulated trenches that lead into an enclosed area that
represents a machine gun nest. The bouts are controlled by 3 Martial Arts Instructor that starts and stops the bouts.
":W '12 Each bout is stopped after a set amount of time or when a properly executed technique is delivered to an opponent that
would result in a tkill" on the battlefield.
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he Crucible is the defining moment of recruit training. For most, the Crucible will be the first time they reach the
imits of their mental, physical, and emotional endurance. They will know that they are capable of much more than they
he Crucible consists of 54 hours of intense, physically demanding training, under conditions of sleep and food
oeprivation. During this time, recruits will be forged in the furnace of shared hardship and tough training that is the time-
ried and battle-proven trademark of Marine recruit training. There will be night forced marches, a tough night infiltration
ovement, a combat resupply event, a casualty evacuation drill, and combat field firing. Any recruit who quits will not
near the title Marine.
'ecruits will encounter unique obstacles, each bearing the name of a heroic Marine from our illustrious history, which
an only be negotiated with teamwork. Once each obstacle is overcome, the drill instructor mentors the
ecruits, critiques their efforts, and retells the story of the Marine for whom the obstacle was named, bringing to light how
hat individual exemplified our core values ....... Honor, Courage, Commitment.
he Crucible is the culminating event in recruit training, and in order to become a Marine, all recruits must complete and
oass the entire evaluation. Capping the already tough challenges of the previous two days is a 9 mile march with full
oacks and all of their personal equipment. It is the final event designed to see who has what it takes, and all recruits
ust complete the march to pass, and those that do not pass are sent home. At the end of the march the recruits
carticipate in the Emblem Ceremony. This is the moment when the legacy is handed down, they earn the title tMarine,"
nd the newest Marines are presented with the Corps emblem, the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, by their drill instructors.
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A one-hour event in which the teams resupply water, ammunition and MREs through a course which consists of trenches,
wire fences and walls.
Throughout the Crucible recruits will encounter team-building Warrior Stations. Each station is named for a Marine hero
and the drill instructor has a recruit read a brief explanation of how the hero's actions exemplify the Corps and its values.
Fonsecats First Aid
Luis E. Fonseca
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. SsKWi Without concern for his own safety, Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca braved small arms,
" ' .. machine gun, and intense rocket propelled grenade hre to evacuate the wounded Marines from
the burning amphibious assault vehicle and tend to their wounds. He established a casualty
j collection point inside the units medical evacuation amphibious assault vehicle, calmly and
methodically stabilizing two casualties with lower limb amputations by applying tourniquets and
administering morphine. He continued to treat and care for the wounded awaiting evacuation
until his vehicle was rendered immobile by enemy direct and indirect tire. Under a wall of enemy
machine gun fire, he directed the movement of four casualties from the damaged vehicle by
organizing litter teams from available Marines. He personally carried one critically wounded
Marine over open ground to another vehicle. Following a deadly artillery barrage, Hospitalman
, Apprentice Fonseca again exposed himself to enemy me to treat Marines wounded along the
perimeter. Returning to the casualty evacuation amphibious assault vehicle, he accompanied
V his casualties South through the city to a Battalion Aid Station. After briefing medical personnel
on the status of his patients, Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca returned North through the city to
Company C's lines and to his fellow Marines that had been wounded in his absence. His timely
and effective care undoubtedly saved the lives of numerous casualties. Hospitalman Apprentice
a Fonsecais actions reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions to the
Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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:ViNEgV i 4. ' Robert H.Jenkins
t ' . Medal of Honor
i j n For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of
. duty while serving as a machine gunner with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, in
connection with operations against enemy forces. Early in the morning Pfc. Jenkins' 12-man
t. . reconnaissance team was occupying a defensive position at Fire Support Base Argonne south
i of the Demilitarized Zone. Suddenly, the marines were assaulted by a North Vietnamese Army
platoon employing mortars, automatic weapons, and hand grenades. Reacting instantly, Pfc.
Jenkins and another marine quickly moved into a 2-man fighting emplacement, and as they
boidly delivered accurate machinegun fire against the enemy, a North Vietnamese soldier
, threw a hand grenade into the friendly emplacement. Fuliy realizing the inevitable results of
his actions, Pfc. Jenkins quickly seized his comrade, and pushing the man to the ground, he
leaped on top of the marine to shield him from the explosion. Absorbing the full impact of the
detonation. Pfc. Jenkins was seriously injured and subsequently succumbed to his wounds. His
courage, inspiring valor and selfless devotion to duty saved a fellow marine from serious injury
or possible death and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the US. Naval
Service. He gailantly gave his life for his country.
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n March 23, 2003, Gunnery Sergeant LeHew the has since been promoted to SgtMaD was an AssaultAmphibian Vehicle Platoon Sergeant
ho was leading an armored column into the city of Nasiriyah when he was called upon to rescue the remaining soldiers of the ill-fated US Army
07th Maintenance Company. After rescuing the soldiers, the attack continued into the streets of the city where, during 4 vicious hours of house to
ouse, street to street urban combat, he bolstered a defensive perimeter to repel numerous waves of Saddam Fedayeen attackers, directed tank
nd infantry tire, rescued or retrieved 7 more US Marines after their vehicle was destroyed by rocket propelled grenade fire and coordinated an air
edical evacuation of all wounded and dead US troops during the nght for the Southern Bridge in the city. GySgt LeHew was also later involved in
he rescue and recovery operation of a US Army Private from the hospital in Nasiriya.
ergeant Major LeHew is also the recipient of the Bronze Star with combat "V" for his heroic actions against the Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr
uring the Battle of Najaf in August of 2004.
Justin D. Lehew
The Navy Cross
support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 and 24 March 2003. As Regimental Combat
eam 2 attacked north towards An Nasiriyah, Iraq, lead elements of the Battalion came under
eavy enemy fire. When the beleaguered United States Army 507th Maintenance Company
onvoy was spotted in the distance, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew and his crew were dispatched
rescue the soldiers. Under constant enemy tire, he led the rescue team to the soldiers.
ith total disregard for his own welfare, he assisted the evacuation effort of four soldiers, two
fwhom were critically wounded. While still receiving enemy hre, he ciimbed back into his
ehicle and immediately began suppressing enemy infantry. During the subsequent company
ttack on the eastern bridge over the Euphrates River, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew continuously
xposed himself to withering enemy fire during the three-hour urban hretight. His courageous
attiefield presence inspired his Marines to fight a determined foe and allowed him to position
is platoonts heavy machine guns to repel numerous waves of attackers. In the midst of the
attle, an Amphibious Assault Vehicle was destroyed, killing or wounding all its occupants.
unnery Sergeant Lehew immediately moved to recover the nine Marines. He again exposed
imseif to a barrage of fire as he worked for nearly an hour recovering casualties from the
reckage. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face
f heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Lehew reflected great
redit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United
tates Naval Service.
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dividuals demonstrate their knowledge of hand-to-hand combat skills, and then participate in a warrior case study of Pfc. Garcia.
Fernando Luis Garcia
Medal of Honor
or conspicuous galiantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
all of duty while serving as a member of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines,
irst Marine Division tReinforcedt, in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea
n September 5, 1952. While participating in the defense of a combat outpost located
ore than one mile fonNard of the main line of resistance during a savage night attack
y a fanatical enemy force employing grenades, mortars and artillery, Private First
lass Garcia, although suffering painful wounds, moved through the intense hail of
ostiie fire to a supply point to secure more hand grenades. Quick to act when a hostile
renade landed nearby, endangering the life of another Marine, as well as his own, he
nhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and immediately threw his body upon the deadly
issile, receiving the full impact of the explosion. His great personal valor and cool
ecision in the face of almost certain death sustain and enhance the finest traditions of
e United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
LEADERSHIP REACTION COURSE
A three-hour event in which the teams perform six reaction course problems that test their ability to work as a team to
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A one-hour event in which teams resupply water, ammunition and MREs through the CombatAssault Course.
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Jarrett A. Kraft
The Navy Cross
In support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. As numerically
superior insurgent forces attacked Sergeant Kraft and the Marines in Al Fallujah,
Iraq, he quickly organized and fearlessly led three assault forces on three separate
attacks to repel the insurgents and ensure the successful advance of the battalion.
With complete disregard for his own life, he placed himself between intense enemy
i it t fire and the men during each attack providing suppressive fire and leadership
- , , aw eeeeee i 7 to sustain the fight and eliminate the enemy. Although grenades thrown by the
KFlAETlS l A insurgents rendered him momentarily unconscious during one assault, this did not
n k, a a dampen his spirit or determination. Undeterred, Sergeant Kraft continued to lead
STRUGGLE . r w ' t from the front, despite being wounded himself. On two more occasions, he was
' ' ' knocked down stairwells by enemy grenade blasts and finally while emplacing a
sniper in a critical location, Sergeant Kraft was knocked down by the blast from
a friendly M1A1 tank main gun. He demonstrated courageous leadership with a
complete disregard for his own safety, during this desperate two-hour battle as
he personally braved multiple enemy small arms kill zones to render assistance
and guidance to his Marines. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership,
unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy tire, and utmost devotion to duty,
Sergeant Kraft reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions
of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
John Quick Trail tNavigation Statiom
Basic map reading and grid coordinate plotting will be reviewed and evaluated.
John H. Quick
Medal of Honor
In action during the battle of Cuzco, Cuba, 14 June 1898.
Distinguishing himself during this action, Quick signaled the
U.S.S. Dolphin on 3 different occasions while exposed to a
heavy fire from the enemy.
He was also received the Distinguished Service Cross and
the Navy Cross during World War I.
Teams cross a "contaminated area" by swinging on ropes from "safe spot" to "safe spot."
In a fire fight in a house in Fallujah, although wounded by seven 7.62x39mm AK-47 rounds and hit by more than 43 pieces of hot fragmentation
from a grenade while using his body to shield an injured fellow Marine, Kasal refused to quit fighting and is credited with saving the lives of several
Marines during the US. assault on insurgent strongholds in Fallujah in November 2004. By the time he was carried out of the house by LCpI Chris
Marquez and LCpl Dane Shaffer, Kasal had lost approximately 60 percent of his blood.
Bradley A. Kasal
The Navy Cross
In support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 November 2004, First Sergeant
Kasal was assisting 1st Section, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon as they provided a
traveling over watch for 3d Platoon when he heard a large volume of me erupt to
his immediate front, shortly followed by Marines rapidly exiting a structure. When
First Sergeant Kasal learned that Marines were pinned down inside the house by
an unknown number of enemy personnel, he joined a squad making entry to clear
the structure and rescue the Marines inside. He made entry into the first room,
immediately encountering and eliminating an enemy insurgent, as he spotted a
wounded Marine in the next room. While moving towards the wounded Marine, First .
Sergeant Kasal and another Marine came under heavy rifle fire from an elevated
enemy ming position and were both severely wounded in the legs, immobilizing
them. When insurgents threw grenades in an attempt to eliminate the wounded u
Marines, he rolled on top of his fellow Marine and absorbed the shrapnel with his s
own body. When First Sergeant Kasal was offered medical attention and extraction, e
he refused until the other Marines were given medical attention. Aithough
severely wounded himself, he shouted encouragement to his fellow Marines as
they continued to clear the structure. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and
complete dedication to duty, First Sergeant Kasal reflected great credit upon
himselfS and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States
Noonants Casualty Evacuation
The team will recover a downed pilot and another recruit i'shot" by a sniper and transport them over a mile of wooded terrain.
Thomas PNoonan,Jr. a ' , 2 :3 i 7
Medal of Honor ,. - .
On February 5, 1969, Company G was directed to move from a position which
they had been holding southeast of the Vandergrift Combat Base in A Shau Valley
to an alternate location. As the Marines commenced a slow and difficult descent
down the side of the hill, made extremely slippery by the heavy rains, the leading
element came under a heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit occupying
weIl-concealed positions in the rocky terrain. Four men were wounded, and
repeated attempts to recover them failed because of the intense hostile fire. Lance
Corporal Noonan moved from his position of relative security and, maneuvering
down the treacherous slope to a location near the injured men, took cover behind
some rocks. Shouting words of encouragement to the wounded men to restore their
confidence, he dashed across the hazardous terrain and commenced dragging the
most seriously wounded man away from the fIre-swept area. Although wounded
and knocked to the ground by an enemy round, Lance Corporal Noonan recovered
rapidly and resumed dragging the man toward the marginal security of a rock. He
was however, mortally wounded before he could reach his destination. His heroic
actions inspired his fellow Marines to such aggressiveness that they initiated a
spirited assault which forced the enemy soldiers to withdraw. Lance Corporal
Noonan's indomitable courage inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty
upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval
Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Photo by LCpi William L. Holdaway
BATTLE OF MARIANA ISLANDS
Teams have two hours to complete five events of a modified Confidence Course.
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BATTLE OF KHE SANH
Teams of four fire two magazines of five rounds each from simulated building structures at unknown distance targets in a time
limit of 70 seconds. The number of targets hit a d number of unused ammunition is then recorded.
NIGHT INFILTRATION COURSE
Teams resupply water, ammunition and MREs at night in a simulated combat environment. The teams take their ammunition
cans, water cans and simulated MREs through the CombatAssault Course with the added obstacle of darkness.
Photo by Cpl. Erik S. Anderson
THE TRANSFORMATION IS COMPLETE
The Crucible ends with the Emblem Ceremony, where Drill Instructors present their platoons with the Marine Corps
Emblem - the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.
Receiving the emblem signifies that the recruits have earned the title of United States Marine. They will now stand with
their instructors as the Nations newest Marines.
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WARRIOR S BREAKFAST
After the Emblem Ceremony, the Nations newest Marines are treated to a feast of steak 8 eggs with all the trimmings a
deserving warrior can expect.
'attalion Commanderts Inspection
V his is the first inspection that the new Marines actually stand as a Marine. It is an opportunity for the Battalion
ommander to conduct a final review of the new Marines, and it is also an opportunity for the Marine to demonstrate his
.r her knowledge and level of readiness for their next step beyond boot camp.
nspections are an integral part of life in the Marine Corps. They reinforce the importance of combat readiness, evaluate
ritical areas essential for mission performance, ensure compliance with regulations and policy, and serve as a tool for
ommanders to assess their units.
Family Day starts off with a motivational run, referred to as the "MOT Run" throughout the Depot. All graduating
Marines run in formation while singing motivational cadence, loudly signaling successful completion of Recruit Training.
As recruits run to the cadence of their Drill Instructors, parents, family members and friends line the streets and cheer
as they try to find the face of their loved one among the crowd of new Marines.
Family day and graduation take place on the last two days of recruit training. Family day occurs Thursday and gives new
Marines a chance to see family and friends for the first time during on-base liberty. Graduation is conducted Friday in a
formal ceremony and parade, attended by family and friends.
GOING ON LEAVE
After Recruit Training, new Marines have 10 days of well deserved leave before they have to report to School of Infantry
for additional training.
Commenced Training Completed Training
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Senior Drill Instructor Drill Instructor Drill Instructor
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GySgtA.A. Aburto GySgt S.A. Howard GySgt P. Zuniga SSgt L.G. Estrada
Senior Drill Instructor Drill Instructor Drill Instructor Drill Instructor
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SSgtA.J. Colon-Soto SSgt S.A. Reynolds Sgt C.A. Kalina Sgt J.D. Dotch
Senior Drill Instructor Drill Instructor Drill Instructor Drill Instructor
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