How To Prepare


Those who aspire to become Marines must first pass the Initial Strength Test (IST), and all Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test (CFT). This information will help you prepare for all three.

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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

Barriers. Challenges.

Marines Overcome Them All.

Our country has a history of breaking down barriers. From social injustice at home to the injustice of our enemies abroad, this ideal moves our country forward. The United States Marine Corps reflects this belief in every mission. Every day.

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Obstacles. Barriers. Challenges.


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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Eagle, Globe
and Anchor

An honor that is earned

There is no greater symbol of the Marine Corps legacy than the Eagle, Globe and Anchor (EGA). The emblem represents the nation we defend, our global presence and our naval heritage.

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    11th Marines 'Top Gun' Blasts Through Competition - News

    Knowledge, speed and accuracy; every gun crew in 11th Marine Regiment put these talents to the test to attain the title of "Top Gun" in the regiment during the annual Top Gun Competition aboard the Combat Center, Dec. 3, 2016.

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    Steel Knight: Marines Execute Largest Long-Range Raid Exercise in 14 Years - News

    More than 600 Marines with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and 1st Marine Division conducted exercise Seahorse Wind at Marine Corps Bases in Southern California and Arizona, Dec. 4 - 9.

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    Montford Point Marine Receives Congressional Gold Medal - News

    Known more professionally for his work involving the eradication of fruit flies, Dr. Ernest James Harris, Jr. received the highest civilian award in the United States for his contributions as a Marine.

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    Marine Corps Strives to be Leaner, Meaner, Greener - News

    As an ongoing effort to be the premier self-sufficient expeditionary force, the Marine Corps is striving to make itself leaner, meaner and "greener" as it takes a look at energy use across the Corps, equating the efficient use of vital resources with increased combat effectiveness.

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    Marines, Sailors Get Upgrades to Flame Resistant Uniform - News

    The Enhanced Fire Resistant Combat Ensemble is the latest upgrade to the Corps' Flame Resistant Combat Ensemble inventory, updating a long-sleeve shirt and trousers with a new flame resistant material that allows the uniform to self-extinguish reducing the incidence and severity of burn injuries.

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    Okinawa Marine Devises Way to Immediately Treat Battlefield Injuries - News

    Cpl Matthew A. Long, a motor transport mechanic, won in a Marine Corps wide logistical innovation competition. He is part of Motor Transport Company, 3rd Maintenance Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 35, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force.

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    U.S. Marines, Honduran Engineers Work Together During Construction Projects - News

    U.S. Marines with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command and Honduran engineers spent the last several months working together on several construction projects in Leimus and at Mocoron Air Base, Honduras.

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    Joint Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team Showcases Capability - News

    The image most have of the military centers around strength and winning battles. The military, however, and specifically the 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, boasts some very impressive abilities during a humanitarian crisis.

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    Charm City Cakes helps Marine Corps celebrate 241st birthday - News

    On November 10 every year since 1775, Marines stop what they are doing, no matter where they are, to acknowledge the birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The events are equal parts solemn and celebratory as generations of Marines meet to commemorate a common bond: The fighting spirit that makes each of them Marines.

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    Exercise Lava Viper: Direct fire training - News

    Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment's "Black Sheep," conducted a direct fire training exercise on Oct. 16, during their annual training exercise, Lava Viper, a staple in the battalion's pre-deployment training, at Range 13 aboard Pohakuloa Training Area. 

  • Reloading! Here's all the motivation you need for the week ahead.

    The Streets are Guarded by United States Marines Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit maneuver through a combat town while conducting a mechanized raid in Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien Bjorndal)

    EJ Montini: We’re finally bringing the hero Jose Jimenez “home.”

    An American hero returned home this week. Lance Cpl. Jose Jimenez was transferred from a cemetery outside of Mexico City to Glendale Memorial Park in Glendale, Arizona, where he was buried next to his mother. Lance Cpl. Jimenez was awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly taking an enemy position after being ambushed during the Vietnam War. He was mortally wounded during the charge.

    Badass Alert! On January 13, Staff Sgt. Michael A. Mendoza received the Navy Cross, the second highest award for valor, for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In April 2004, Mendoza led five of his Marines in a charge across an open field and up a 10-foot berm, killing 10 insurgents and forcing others to retreat. He protected wounded Marines and killed an insurgent who wounded his commander, before evacuating his commander to safety. Mendoza is just the 18th Marine to be awarded the Navy Cross during the Global War on Terror. Semper Fidelis, Marine!

    Welcome to The Corps Report, the Corps' premiere web update. In this week's episode, we remember Lance Cpl. Austin Ruiz, Marines deploy around the world, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 moves to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

    Please welcome Secretary James Mattis, our 26th Secretary of Defense. He was sworn in a short time ago by Vice President Michael R. Pence.

    "It’s good to be back and I’m grateful to serve alongside you as Secretary of Defense. Together with the Intelligence Community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation. We need only look to you, the uniformed and civilian members of the Department and your families, to see the fundamental unity of our country. You represent an America committed to the common good; an America that is never complacent about defending its freedoms; and an America that remains a steady beacon of hope for all mankind. Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in the future. Recognizing that no nation is secure without friends, we will work with the State Department to strengthen our alliances. Further, we are devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people. I am confident you will do your part. I pledge to you I’ll do my best as your Secretary. MATTIS SENDS"

    You voted and this week's Top Shot comes from Sgt. Lillian Stephens! She captured an F-35B mid-flight over the North American tundra on its way to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

    The bear skin hat might be the only uniform item cooler than the dress blues. Today, "The President's Own" United States Marine Band is performing in their 55th inauguration. The Marine Band is the only musical unit to perform in all three components of the inauguration and have supported every ceremony since Thomas Jefferson took office in 1801.

    The Swarm Forms Approximately 2,500 III MEF Marines and sailors ran a division-wide motivational run for Maj. Gen. Richard L. Simcock's change of command at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cody Hastings Shepard)

    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.

    Today, the F-35 Lightning II landed at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. The aircraft left from MCAS Yuma, Arizona flying over 6,000 miles. MCAS Iwakuni is the first overseas installation to possess the F-35B as part of its worldwide deployment capability.

    Today, Lt. Gen. Martin L. Brandtner was laid to rest in Fernley, Nevada. Brandtner was awarded two Navy Crosses within eight days of each other during the Vietnam War. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1993 after 33 years of service, and two years as Director for Operations for the Joint Staff. Semper Fidelis, Sir.

    Welcome home, VMA-542 Marines! A portion of Marine Attack Squadron 542, Marine Aircraft Group 14, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point from their deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, Jan. 16, 2017. The Marines had been deployed since June 2016.

    There's No Place Like Home VMA-542 Marines return home after a six month deployment. Semper Fi, Marines!

    This is what #SendTheMarines looks like! We are excited to be on the ground in Norway and look forward to working with our Norwegian Allies!

    The Marines have landed. U.S. Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force arrive in Norway to begin their six-month deployment.

    Monday got you down? Give us 20 seconds and we'll give you all the motivation you need for the week ahead. Marines with Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting battle the heat.

    Today we celebrate the life of an American hero. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    Stay tuned to see the new Marine rotational force arrive in Norway next week. Any Clime, Any Place. #SendTheMarines

    This month, Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force operating in U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa will begin a rotational force in Norway. During Exercise Cold Response 2016, Marines were in Norway training with their army in preparation for the upcoming move.

    Recruits at MCRD PARRIS ISLAND, SC - OFFICIAL PAGE go through Basic Warrior Training, a 48-hour training evolution that covers land navigation, improvised explosive device, and fire and movement.

    Fight or flight...why not both? Marine Aviation Weapons & Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) highlight the six functions of Marine Corps Aviation. Full Video:

    Go Down in Flames Marines with MARFORRES take cover as a fence charge is detonated during exercise Nordic Frost at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, Vt., Jan. 7. 2017. The Marines were evaluated on their ability to successfully operate demolitions in a demanding cold-weather environment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Melissa Martens)

    Today, the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recognized four Marines and one Sailor for their actions during the Global War on Terrorism at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Staff Sgt. Michael Mendoza received a Navy Cross, and Master Sgt. Steven Davis, HM1 Michael Atkinson, Sgt. Nicholas Brandau and Sgt. Edward Huth were each awarded a Silver Star. "We recognize these individuals for their outstanding actions in the face of incredible are the lifeblood, the legacy, and the history that is the United States Marine Corps." — Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jered T. Stone)

    You voted and this week's Top Shot comes from Lance Cpl. Zachery C. Laning with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit He captured Marines attached to U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa fire their M777 Lightweight 155 mm howitzer.

    There is pride in every Marine for what we do, for how we serve this Nation. Get a glimpse of your Marines training to ensure victory regardless of the task. The Makin Island ARG/11th MEU conducted Exercise Alligator Dagger in and off the coast of Djibouti, Africa, December 2016. They continue their deployment in U.S. Central Command.

    The Pride of the Pacific take their skills to Djibouti, Africa during Exercise Alligator Dagger.

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    Four Marines were traveling toward a Yokosuka train station on their way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, when they heard a call for help. Without hesitation, they sprinted toward the scene,

    Marines are always on duty. Four III MEF Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for their heroic actions on New Years Eve outside of Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.