About the USMC Parris Island Recruit Training Matrix

The recruit training matrix shows what your recruit is doing each day of boot camp.

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Parris Island Matrix Terminology Explained

WEEK ONE

  • Academic Classes: Classroom instruction. Recruits are taught Marine Corps knowledge, customs and courtesies, among an abundance of information relating to the Marine Corps.
  • COD: Close Order Drill
  • Physical Training: Recruits take part in exercise, whether it be running, agility, push ups, and pull ups.
  • H/CUT - 1(F): 1st haircut- follow series
  • H/CUT - 1(L): 1st haircut- lead series
  • MCMAP: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
  • Religious Services: Recruits are given time on Sundays to practice their religion. This gives them a chance to catch their breath and take a break from Drill Instructors.
  • Academics Practical App: Recruits put to practice what they learn in the classroom.
  • Core Values Discussion: Recruits are taught about the core values of the Marine Corps, honor, courage, and commitment.

WEEK TWO

  • Pugil Sticks I (L/F): 1st Pugil Sticks bout- lead and follow series
  • Direct Deposit: Recruits set up their direct deposit accounts and are taught about other financial options they may have.
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R1): Female recruits 1st dental recall
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R2): Female recruits 2nd dental recall
  • (M) Dental Recall (R1)-L: Male recruits 1st dental recall- lead series
  • (M) Dental Recall (R1)-F: Male recruits 2nd dental recall- follow series
  • H/CUT - 2(L/F): 2nd haircut- lead and follow series
  • MCX - 1(L/F): 1st Marine Corps Exchange visit- lead and follow series
  • 5k Hike: Recruits take part in their first hike of training which is 5 km in distance.
  • Confidence Crs1 (L/F): 1st attempt at the confidence course- lead and follow series
  • Obstacle Crs1(F/B): 1st attempt at the obstacle course- follow series
  • Initial Travel (Male): Male recruits make their initial travel plans at SATO.
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R3): Female recruits 3rd dental recall
  • Gas Chamber: Recruits train using their gas masks.
  • Rappel Tower: Recruits learn how to rappel.

WEEK THREE

  • Pugil Sticks II (L): 2nd pugil sticks bout- lead series
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R4): Female recruits 4th dental recall
  • H/CUT - 3(F): 3rd haircut- follow series
  • Obstacle Crs -1(L): 1st attempt at the obstacle course- lead series
  • MCMAP End (F/Fe): MCMAP Endurance- follow series and female recruits
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R5): Female recruits 5th dental recall
  • H/CUT - 3(L): 3rd haircut- lead series
  • MCMAP End Crs1(L): MCMAP Endurance- lead series
  • Pugil Sticks II (F/Fe): 2nd pugil sticks bout- follow series and female recruits
  • (M) Dental (R2) L/F: Male recruits 2nd dental recall- lead and follow series
  • 8k Hike: Recruits take part in the second hike 8 km in distance
  • SerCom Inspection: Series Commander inspection.

WEEK FOUR

  • Initial Drill: First close order drill competition. Recruits are judged on what they have learned about drill so far.
  • Initial Travel (Fe): Female recruits make their initial travel plans.
  • MCX - 2(Fe): 2nd Marine Corps Exchange visit- female recruits
  • S.A.F.E. Swim Class: Recruits are given safety instructions before starting swim testing.
  • Water Survival: Recruits are taught different water survival methods.
  • MCX-2(M): 2nd Marine Corps Exchange visit- male recruits
  • Thrift Savings Plan, Blended Retirement Systems: Recruits are taught about the Thrift Savings Plan and blended retirement systems.
  • Inventory CFT: Recruits take part in a practice combat fitness test (CFT).
  • (M) Dental (R3) L/F: Male recruits 3rd dental recall- lead and follow series
  • MCMAP Testing: Recruits are tested on the MCMAP training they have learned.
  • Blood Drive: Recruits are given the option of taking part in a blood drive.

WEEK FIVE

  • Bayonet Assault Crs: Recruit take part in the bayonet assault course with their rifles and bayonets.
  • Dental Surgery (R4(L)): Male recruits 4th dental recall- surgery if required- lead series
  • H/CUT - 4: 4th haircut
  • PFI-1 (L+Fe): Pre-firing inspection- lead series and female recruits
  • Dental Surgery (R4(F)): Male recruits 4th dental recall- surgery if required- follow series
  • 0-2 Clothing: Recruits have an initial fitting for uniforms.
  • Indiv Photo (L): Individual dress blues photo- lead series
  • Innoculations-2: Recruits receive a round of shots at medical.
  • Dental Surgery (R5(L)): Male recruits 5th dental recall- surgery if required- lead series
  • Indiv Photo (F): Individual dress blues photo- follow series
  • Dental Surgery (R5(F)): Male recruits 5th dental recall- surgery if required- follow series
  • Written Exam: Recruits take a written exam testing the knowledge they have learned so far.
  • Indiv Photo (Fe): Individual dress blues photo- female recruits
  • PFI-1 (F): Pre-firing inspection- follow series
  • Dental Make-up: Recruits who have missed appointments will go to dental.
  • 10k Hike: Recruits take part in their 3rd hike 10 km in distance.

WEEK SIX

  • H/CUT - 5: 5th haircut
  • Final Drill: Recruits compete in the final drill competition, testing their close order drill skills.
  • Inventory PFT: Recruits take part in a practice physical fitness test (PFT).

WEEK SEVEN

  • H/CUT - 6: 6th haircut
  • Table 1 Re-qual: Recruits who did not qualify on Table 1 of the rifle range attempt to requalify.
  • 12k Hike: Recruits take part in the 4th hike 12 km in distance.
  • Museum Visit: Recruits visit the Marine Corps Museum on the depot.
  • Foreign Language Program: Recruits who speak multiple languages are informed of the Marine Corps Foreign Language Program.

WEEK EIGHT

  • Work Parties: Recruits help make targets for the range, pick up shell casings, etc.
  • BWT (Follow/Female): Basic Warrior Training- follow series and female recruits
  • Table 2 (Lead): Recruits take part in the second course of fire during firing week- lead series
  • 0-2 Uniform Delivery: Fitted uniforms are delivered.
  • BWT (Lead): Basic Warrior Training- lead series
  • Table2 Follow/Female: Recruits take part in the second course of fire during firing week- follow series and female recruits.
  • Combat End Crs: Combat Endurance Course

WEEK NINE

  • 0-3 Clothing (L/FeA): Recruits have final fittings for uniforms- lead series and female recruits group A
  • Tempo Run (F/FeB): Recruits take part in a tempo run- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • 0-3 Clothing (F/FeB): Recruits have final fittings for uniforms- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • Tempo Run (L/FeA): Recruits take part in a tempo run- lead series and female recruits group A.
  • H/CUT - 7(L): 7th haircut- lead series
  • Final CFT (F/FeB): Recruits take the final combat fitness test- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • Final Travel (L:) Recruits make final travel plans- lead series.
  • H/CUT - 7(F): 7th haircut- follow series
  • Final CFT (L/FeA): Recruits take the final combat fitness test- lead series and female recruits group A.
  • Final Travel (F/FeA): Recruits make their final travel plans- follow series- and female recruits group A.
  • MCX - 3(F): 3rd Marine Corps Exchange visi- follow series
  • Foreign Language Testing: Recruits who wish to take part in the foreign language program are tested.
  • Final Travel (FeB): Recruits make their final travel plans- female recruits group B.
  • MCX - 3 (L/Fe): 3rd Marine Corps Exchange- lead series and female recruits
  • Co Cmdr Inspection: Company Commander Inspection

WEEK TEN

  • Final Exam/ Prac App: Recruits take their final written exams and their practical application exams.
  • Final PFT: Recruits take part in their final physical fitness test.
  • H/CUT - 8 (L/F): 8th haircut- lead and follow series
  • Final Testing Retest: Recruits who failed the written and prac app exams attempt the tests again.
  • Emblem Ceremony: Recruits become Marines at the end of the Crucible and receive their Eagle, Globe, and Anchors.
  • Warrior Breakfast: Marines take part in a big breakfast where they are served a variety of foods.
  • Base Liberty 1: Marines are given a period of liberty on base.

WEEK ELEVEN

  • 0-3 Uniform Del: Marines are given their uniforms.
  • NFCU/FSNB Check: Marines are taught about different credit unions and banks.
  • H/CUT - 9: 9th haircut
  • Force fitness: Marines take part in a week's worth of fitness activities.
  • Dental (R6(L))(R6(Fe)): 6th dental recall- lead series and female recruits
  • Dental (R6(F))(R7(Fe)): Male Marines 6th dental recall- follow series. 7th dental recall for female Marines.
  • Gear De-Issue: Marines turn in their gear.
  • Personal Effects: Marines receive their personal effects that were turned in when boot camp started.
  • Travel Makeup: Marines who missed the chance to make their final travel plans will go to SATO.
  • Dental(R7(L/F))(R8(Fe)): Male Marines 7th dental recall- lead and follow series. 8th dental recall for female Marines.
  • MCCS Resources/ NMCRS/Red Cross Brief: Marines are briefed about Marine Corps Community Services/Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and Red Cross.
  • BN CO Inspection: Battalion Commander Inspection
  • Field Meet: All Marines get together for a series of physical fitness activities.
  • Base Liberty II: Marines receive a 2nd period of on base liberty.

WEEK TWELVE

  • H/CUT - 10: 10th haircut.
  • Weapons De-Issue: Marines return their weapons.
  • Orders/SRB/RLS: Marines are taught about their orders and service record books.
  • Pay Bills (Fe): Instruction on paying bills- female Marines.
  • Pay Bills (F): Instruction on paying bills- follow series.
  • Pay Bills (L): Instruction on paying bills- lead series.
  • MOT RUN: Motivational run
  • Family Day: Newly minted Marines see their families for the first time in 3 months.
  • Graduation Practice: Marines practice for graduation the next day.
  • Graduation: Marines graduate boot camp and begin their 10 day leave.
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