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.
The Journey Begins
A commitment upheld with conviction
We Make Marines. We win our nation's battles. We develop quality citizens. And we continue to stand strong as America's expeditionary force in readiness.
Endure the training. Witness the transformation.
Those who desire our title must first endure our training, and undergo an everlasting change that is external, internal and undeniable. The transformation will not happen overnight, but will last a lifetime.
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.
Meeting a Marine Recruiter
There is no better way to get a clear picture of life in the Marine Corps than with a knee-cap to knee-cap conversation with a recruiter who's served.
Learn From Experience
THE MARINES ARE COMING
Nearly 700 Marines will converge on Phoenix, Arizona in September for Marine Week 2015.
Initial Strength Test
In order to begin recruit training, aspiring Marines must pass the Initial Strength Test (IST).
Physical Fitness Test
All Marines are required to pass an annual Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
Combat Fitness Test
The CFT is a 300-point test with an emphasis on functional fitness related to operational demands.
A wounded man lies in a vast open field while a cool breeze plays over the grass and flowers. One Marine enters the field, followed by a second, then a third. The Marines walk heel to toe creating the
As clouds of dust from the rotor wash of a UH-1Y Huey helicopter cleared and Marines dismounted the fast-rope, Gunnery Sgt. Brett Lane, a platoon sergeant with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion,
Enthusiasm: it's one of the intangible characteristics that separate Marinesfrom every other branch of service. Austere conditions, limited resources, anddaunting odds are reduced to nothing more than minor setbacks when put before agroup of Marines.This,
The western North Pacific has historically been one of the most active tropical cyclone areas in the world. Year after year, tropical storms devastate the many islands in the Pacific. In early August, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm of the year,,
Marines with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade alongside service members with the British 3rd Commando Brigade and 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group executed Large Scale Exercise 15 at Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California,,
Marines with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment conducted a movement to contact exercise during Large Scale Exercise 15 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California, Aug. 14–15, 2015.The training helped the 2nd Marine Expeditionary,
The Marine Corps frequently trains Marines to hone unit capabilities and individual skill sets in order maintain its role as the nation’s rapid response force. From Aug. 6-17, Marines with 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conducted Summer Fire,
Charles "Charlie" Darrow Fink never imagined that his good friend would be shot dead right next to him during a firefight in Vietnam during Operation Starlite. When Fink enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1964, the United States had increased its involvement,
U.S. Navy corpsmen with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command serve an important purpose by providing both preventative medical care and emergency response capabilities throughout the Central Command area of,
Civilians and service members from across the nation filled the seats in attendance during a memorial service for the victims of the Chattanooga shooting Aug. 15, at the McKenzie Arena at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.“Today we honor the,
Elements of Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365 (Reinforced) and 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion attached to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted para-operations training aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 6, 2015.The aircraft unit is made up,
Under the sizzling Texas sun, the violent sound of waves splashes against assault amphibious vehicles, as they quickly dive into the Galveston Channel, echoes indicating the beginning of Company C, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion’s weekend drill at the,
The Navy and Marine Corps family and the City of Chattanooga will honor the fallen service members, express appreciation to the Chattanooga Police Department and emergency responders and thank the community for its support.
Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, conducted mounted patrol training during the unit’s Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms,,
Innovative technology such as tactical data links are changing the way battles are won and strategies are implemented on the battlefield. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467, Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2, and U.S. Marine Corps Forces,,
Marines with 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion participated in an annual stinger exercise on Fort Irwin, California, Aug. 10.During this exercise, Marines fired 60 stinger missiles at remote controlled airplanes. The Marines split into fire teams for,
Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Training Squadron 302 and Combat Logistics Battalion 6 participated in a dual-point, external lift training exercise at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, Aug. 5, 2015.Two student pilots flew under the,
Combat Logistics Company 36 Marines and augments returned to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Aug. 4, from Exercise Dragon Fire 2015 at Combined Arms Training Center Camp Fuji, Japan.Throughout the monthlong exercise, service members participated,
The Marine Corps takes pride in being a rapid response force, capable of completing any task assigned. From combat operations and logistical support to humanitarian assistance mission Marines are always ready to execute the mission. In order to live up to,