Marine Corps Boot Camp

Where battles are won by overpowering the desire to quit with the perseverance to prevail.

Where Marines are Made

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On these proving grounds, we reveal who has the fight in them to continue on when others quit. To dig even deeper when there’s nothing left to give. To prove the fighting spirit running through them will outlast the physical, mental and moral battles in front of them. For 13 punishing weeks known as Marine Corps Recruit Training, these are the battles that must be won. These are the victories that form the foundation of every Enlisted Marine.


Face your fears. Or live in fear. Marines confront theirs head on, enduring what scares them—until it doesn’t. Recruits who board our bus step into the unknown where they are given a quick introduction to fear at one of two Marine Corps Recruit Depots at Parris Island, SC or San Diego, CA. Fear of the unfamiliar is the first of many fears they must battle.

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Throughout recruit training, the sense of doubt that exists inside every recruit is quickly replaced with a sense of urgency. This is an important aspect of training, as when there’s no time to hesitate—there’s no time for second-guessing. Recruits must win in the midst of doubt, as this nation cannot afford to place its trust in those who doubt themselves.

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What you’re really made of can only be revealed at the brink of exhaustion. Marine Recruit Training will take you there. Only those who possess the never-quit spirit required of every Marine will find the strength they never knew they had, the will power they never knew they needed, and the commitment to find that second wind even when it hurts to breathe.

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Recruit training is not comfortable, but filled with intense stress born from profound friction. Alongside this stress will be the pressure of proving to your Drill Instructors that you are fit to continue. Those who prevail over every physical and mental battle will have developed an instinctual response—to meet heightened stress with the focus to win.

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