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Marine Boot Camp
How do you become a marine? Marine boot camps are intense and effective training camps for would-be marines. They are conducted in various locations such as Parris Island, South Carolina, or in San Diego, California.
As this system of learning and discipline is so effective the courses in a marine boot camp are designed for training recruits in physical fitness, discipline, management skills, technical knowledge, and general aptitude for marine life.
The basic training program alone is a 13-week course, which is followed by infantry training. This infantry training is conducted separately at Camp Geiger, North Carolina, for Parris Island trainees and Camp Pendleton, California, for San Diego trainees. All marines to be qualified and continue training must pass through one or the other.
A marines mind is its strongest muscle therefore training at a marine boot camp is not just physical, it is equally mental. Recruits are taught the basic moral values of the marines: Honour, Courage, and Commitment. Part of the effectiveness of the boot camp system is the environment and removing of distractions.
Recruits have no social life and are not allowed to communicate with their family and friends, since cutting them off helps them to be trained and moulded within the confines of the boot camp. It is a strenuous process, which culminates in the transformation of a raw recruit into a hardened marine ready to serve his or her country.
Recipe for success as a marine begins with the first step at marine camp which is Recruit Receiving. Recruits are instructed in their life at the boot camp, given gear, toiletries, and a shaven haircut. Recruits will then pass through a barrage of medical tests, including a large amount of working out to predetermine their physical capabilities.
This may have been the easy part as following this, recruits meet their instructors and marching, discipline, and drills are taught at this point. This is followed by a time of intense physical training. During this time marine recruits are still grilled on the mental aspects on honour, courage, and loyalty.
As weeks go by the course doesn’t get easier it intensifies pushing new recruits to get the best out of them which means pushing them to their absolute limits. The further you are pushed, the more confident you can be your life as a marine will be a successful one.
The basic attraction of the marine boot camp is the Confidence Course, which is a 11-station obstacle course in water. This is the first of many courses that make up the challenges of marine boot camp. Recruits have to score at least a Combat Water Survival score of four in order to progress beyond this stage.
The second stage or level of intensification is Basic Warrior Training, which includes the famous gas chamber test.
Up until now you may think you have this Marine Core thing all wrapped up but this is all just a kids playground as these initial steps are just set up for "The Crucible."
The Crucible may be where boot camps get their bad yet formidable name. Taking out distractions may be an easy way to push people to be their best but The Crucible takes this to a new level, this is a period when recruits are deprived of sleep and food and are made to march for as many as 40 miles, encountering multiple obstacles along the way as they are expected not only to survive, but to help others along who are lagging, all the while being mentally grilled and challenged by the instructors.
This is the major test of a potential marine, physical and mental aptitude for the honour of marine life.
So you have been through hell and back, pushed to your limits hardened to a rock and are feeling indestructible but there is one more final physical test and some conclusive training, then you are able to graduate to marine status.
By this time honour and glory are truly yours and what seems like your long lost family and friends are invited to a ceremony at the Shepard Field Parade Deck as the fresh marines are awarded their posts in the US Marines and begin their new and honourable careers in the defence and protection of their countries.