Recruit Training

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 12 punishing weeks, these are the battles that must be won. These are the victories that form the foundation of every Enlisted Marine.

Through The Fear

Face your fears. Or live in fear. Marines confront theirs head on, enduring what scares them—until it no longer does. 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.

Recruit training teaches aspiring Marines to push through fear.
Recruit training teaches aspiring Marines to push through fear.

Face your fears. Or live in fear. Marines confront theirs head on, enduring what scares them—until it no longer does. 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.

In The Midst of Doubt

Overcoming doubt in recruit training teaches aspiring Marines prevail.

Can I do this? Why am I doing this? By design, this sense of doubt that exists inside every recruit is quickly replaced with a sense of urgency throughout the entire recruit training process. This is an important aspect of recruit training, as when there’s no time to hesitate—there’s no time for second-guessing. Whether aiming in on targets 500 yards away during marksmanship instruction or preparing to fight your opponent just an arms length away during martial arts training, recruits must win in the midst of doubt, as this nation cannot afford to place its trust in those who doubt themselves.

Overcoming doubt in recruit training teaches aspiring Marines prevail.

Can I do this? Why am I doing this? By design, this sense of doubt that exists inside every recruit is quickly replaced with a sense of urgency throughout the entire recruit training process. This is an important aspect of recruit training, as when there’s no time to hesitate—there’s no time for second-guessing. Whether aiming in on targets 500 yards away during marksmanship instruction or preparing to fight your opponent just an arms length away during martial arts training, recruits must win in the midst of doubt, as this nation cannot afford to place its trust in those who doubt themselves.

Beyond Exhaustion

What you’re really made of can only be revealed at the brink of exhaustion. Marine Corps 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 willpower they never knew they needed, and the commitment to find that second wind even when it hurts to breathe.

Recruits must overcome exhaustion and fatigue during recruit training.
Recruits must overcome exhaustion and fatigue during recruit training.

What you’re really made of can only be revealed at the brink of exhaustion. Marine Corps 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 willpower they never knew they needed, and the commitment to find that second wind even when it hurts to breathe.

Above the Stress

Chaos and intense stress are introduced early in recruit training.

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

Chaos and intense stress are introduced early in recruit training.

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