Rye Barcott

Always Driven

Rye Barcott has been able to apply his Marine Corps training in the business world.  He co-founded an organization that promotes peace through sports, community development and women's empowerment in Africa.

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Rye Barcott

Recruit Training

12 Weeks

This is the ultimate proving ground for those who are driven by purpose, guided by values and aspire to earn the title reserved only for the Few.

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Operation Tomodachi

2011/Japan

Marines from the 31st MEU respond after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggers a massive tsunami off the coast of Japan.

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Operation Tomodachi

The Journey Begins

Recruit Training: Where Marines Are Made

If you're on this bus, you're eligible. Proving you're capable begins the moment you step off. Becoming a Marine is not a process one simply undergoes—but endures over 12 weeks of Marine Corps Recruit Training.

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The Journey Begins

Graduation

A finish line. And a starting point.

For twelve arduous weeks you are known and treated as a recruit. It is only after every demand has been met that a senior drill instructor will stand eye to eye and address you, and your platoon, as a Marine. 

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    Marines for Humanity - News

    Marines, sailors and Coast Guardsmen came together 28 May, 2016, to help those whose homes were damaged during Hurricane Sandy in 2013.

     
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    Family Legacy: 3rd Generation Joins Marine Corps - News

    It was the day after Christmas 2012, and the Ramseys still had family over for the holiday. The house was decorated and glowing with lights and the chatter of children filled the house.

     
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    Call to the Marine Corps: Continuing the Legacy - News

    A lifelong dream to serve a cause greater than his own, one Marine has a burning passion to set the example for those wanting to answer the call to become part of the few and proud. 

     
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    Marines, Poolees Help Two Women After Car Crash - News

    Three Marines and four poolees reacted and assisted after a car crash in front of their recruiting office in Anderson, S.C on June 2, 2016. 

     
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    Partner nations master peacekeeping operations - News

    Following two weeks of extensive training in peacekeeping operations and non-lethal weapons, seven countries including Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and the United States, joined together during exercise Platinum Wolf 2016 for their final field exercise on Peacekeeping Operations Training Center South Base, Bujanovac, Serbia, May 19-20, 2016.

     
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    Marines, Jordanians conduct squad attacks during Eager Lion 16 - News

    Marines with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division and the Jordanian 77th Marines Battalion honed conducted squad attacks as part of Eager Lion 16 in Al Quweyrah, Jordan, May 19.
     

     
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    Marine Corps Innovation: It Starts With Marines - News

    For more than two centuries, the Marine Corps has been looking for young men and women of all kinds who bring a diverse set of skills to the ranks built on honor, courage and commitment. And beyond the physical tools, there's another element that's vital to mission success in the Marine Corps, and one in which they're looking for leaders: innovation.

     
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    Man down: MRF-D simulates casualty evacuation - News

    Marines and sailors with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, simulated casualty evacuations in a training area outside of Roberson Barracks, Northern Territory, Australia, on May 20, 2016. 

     
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    II MEF Marines Conduct MEFEX 16 - News

    Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force participated in MEFEX 16, May 9-19, 2016. MEFEX 16 is a command and control exercise conducted in a simulated deployed environment designed to synchronize and bring to bear the full spectrum of II Marine Expeditionary Force's C2 capabilities in support of a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.

     
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    Capt Bryce Saddoris: Marine, Athlete, Leader - News

    Capt Bryce Saddoris knows a few things about taking on challenges. Engrained with the Marine Corps core values of honor, courage and commitment, and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Capt Saddoris managed to balance being at one of the nation's most demanding service academies with a career as an All-American wrestler.

     
  • 31st MEU 360 Check out the dog handlers with our Maritime Raid Force training at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

    No bark, all bite.

    This week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer is being named after Marine Medal of Honor recipient Col. Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is hosting the event at Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I.

    Watch live here in 90 minutes when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosts a ship naming ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington 8th & I. The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer is being named after Marine Medal of Honor recipient Col. Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.

    Hump Day Infantry squad leaders assigned to School of Infantry West, Detachment Hawaii, conduct a patrol during the Advanced Infantry Course at Kahuku Training Area, Hawaii, July 18, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Aaron Patterson/Released)

    Reserve Marine Tankers are Building Relationships with 2nd Tank Battalion -------------------------------------------------- Marines with Fox Company, 4th Tank Battalion integrated with elements of 2nd Tank Battalion in a week-long exercise on Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 18 to July 21. The intent was to train the active duty and reserve Marines in the event they deploy together in the future.

    Sweet ride, bro.

    Beat the Heat Lance Cpl. Hugo Orozco, an M88A2 Hercules tank mechanic with Fox Company, 4th Tank Battalion, rests under the shade of his vehicle at Engineer Training Area 2 during a training exercise at Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 21, 2016. Active and reserve Marines came together during the exercise to train in the event they deploy as one battalion in the future. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Matthew Callahan/Released)

    Fast Rope Masters A Marine student with the Fast Rope Masters Course, ran by Expeditionary Operations Training Group, fast ropes out of a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during elevator operations at Landing Zone Kingfisher, Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 13, 2016. The new course is a shortened version of the helicopter rope suspension training course and focuses on qualifying Marines as subject matter experts within their subordinate command. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Preston McDonald/Released)

    "You've got a band of brothers going through the same thing with you, it makes it a little less miserable." — Sgt. Jeremy Pires, squad leader U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra

    Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Arty brings the party.

    "Standing at the front door of crisis and conflict, we possess the finesse, the training and the tools to knock at the door diplomatically, pick the lock skillfully, or kick it in violently." See the beginning of the 11th MEU's Battalion Landing Team, 1st Bn., 4th Marines, conduct a vertical assault with MV-22s.

    In the air, on land and sea. Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit conduct a vertical assault during a helicopter raid exercise.

    "The sky is falling, the wind is calling. Stand for something, or die in the morning." #RIMPACMarines #RIMPAC2016

    Marines with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit stay ready to answer the nation's call at a moments notice during RIMPAC 2016.

    US, Australian and Indonesian service members bring the fight from ship to shore during RIMPAC '16.

    The largest international maritime exercise? Better call the Marines.

    Blood Makes the Grass Grow Marines hike to their designated position to set up security around an air strip July 20, 2016 at Iejima, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Amaia Unanue/Released)

    We need every one of you.

    You voted and this week's top shot comes from Cpl Conner Robbins from MCAS Yuma. He captured this photo of Marine fighter pilot Lt. Col. William Sheridan piloting a F-5N.

    III MEF Marines support their teammates on the ground during an artillery raid at RIMPAC. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra)

    This week's best photos from around the Corps. Help select the "Corps Top Shot" by liking, commenting on or sharing your favorite image. The image with the most combined hits by the end of the day will be crowned as our photo of the week.

    Marine Corps Day at @Nationals park with the Silent Drill Platoon, Commandant of the Marine Corps throws the first pitch and the "Commandant's Own" plays the National Anthem.

    Watch live in one hour! Gen. Neller throws the first pitch, the Silent Drill Platoon performs and "The Commandant's Own" plays the National Anthem.

    "Stand by, TARGETS!" The U.S. Marine Corps has a proud heritage of marksmanship. Once a year, Marines qualify with either the M-16A4 or M-4A1 service rifles and revitalize their combat skills. Video by Cpl. Conner Robbins

    "Every Marine a Rifleman"

    Marines on Camp Pendleton competed in the 1st Marine Division "Super Squad" competition, July 14, 2016. The competition pits several units against each other in tests designed to evaluate their leadership and small unit infantry skills.

    Top Gun Lt. Col. William Sheridan pilots an F-5C above MCAS Yuma, Ariz., on July 15, 2016. The "Snipers" of VMFT-401 are the United States Marine Corps' only adversary squadron. All "Sniper" pilots are air combat tactics instructors and most are graduates of "Top Gun" or the Marine Corps' Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course. (U.S. Marine Photo By Cpl. Conner Robbins/ Released)

    Which toy would you play with? Darkhorse Marines with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines test some new gadgets for the battlefield at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.

    Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Look what the tide washed in... Marines with I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) carry out ship-to-shore operations in Assault Amphibious Vehicles.