About the USMC San Diego Recruit Training Matrix
The recruit training matrix shows what your recruit is doing each day of boot camp.
Scroll down to read an explanation of matrix terminology.
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The San Diego Crucible begins on T55 (Tuesday) due to recent changes to improve the training schedule. An updated Recruit Training Matrix will be available in the future. Information from the MCRD website.
San Diego Matrix Terminology Explained
- Initial Strength Test: Recruits attempt a test similar to the physical fitness test (PFT) but with lower standards.
- In House Procedures: Recruits begin all paperwork necessary at the beginning of boot camp.
- Religious Services: Recruits are given the opportunity on Sunday to practice their religion. This gives them an opportunity to catch their breath and take a break from Drill Instructors.
- S.U.L.D.: Squad Unit Leader Development Program
- Intro to Core Values: Recruits are taught about the core values honor, courage, and commitment.
- M16 Issue: Recruits are issued their weapons that they'll use throughout boot camp.
- Sprints: Recruits take part in sprint exercises.
- SAPR class: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
- Intro to MCMAP: Recruits are introduced to the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
- Circuit Course/ Combat Care I: Recruits take part in the circuit course and are instructed on the basics of combat care.
- Intro to O- Course: Recruits are introduced to the obstacle course.
- Intro to CFT/Combat Care II: Recruits are introduced to the combat fitness test (CFT) and get their second lesson in combat care.
- 4x400 Intervals/ Combat Care III: Recruits take part in an interval based fitness event and get a 3rd lesson in combat care.
- Bayonet Techniques/Pugil Sticks I: Recruits learn bayonet techniques with their rifles and participate in their first pugil sticks bout.
- Obstacle Course II: Recruits attempt the obstacle course for the 2nd time.
- 2 Mile S&E Course/Platoon Run: Recruits conduct a strength and endurance course teaching them teamwork and they participate in a platoon run.
- Confidence Course I: Recruits run through the confidence course to build the self-confidence of the recruits.
- 2x400m Sprints and Circuit Course: Recruits conduct sprints and run through a series of circuits for conditioning.
- Admin/ID Cards: Recruits receive their ID cards
- Combat Conditioning: Recruits conduct conditioning for MCMAP
- SDI Inspection: Recruits are inspected by their Senior Drill Instructors.
- 2.5 mile S&E Ability Group Run: Recruits participate in a strength and endurance group run designed to improve teamwork.
- Initial Drill: Recruits are judged on the close order drill techniques they have learned so far.
- Combat Water Survival: Recruits are taught water survival tips throughout swim week.
- Confidence Course II: Recruits run the confidence course for the 2nd time.
- Pugil Sticks II: Recruits participate in their 2nd pugil sticks bout.
- Individual Photos: Individual dress blues photos.
- PFT I: Recruits will run their initial physical fitness test.
- Academic Review: Recruits review the knowledge they have learned so far.
- O-Course III: Recruits run the obstacle course for the 3rd time.
- Log Drills: Recruits run a course while carrying a log on their shoulders. This is to promote teamwork among the recruits.
- First Uniform Fitting: Recruits are fitted initially for their uniforms.
- MCX-Haircuts: Recruits take their first visit to the Marine Corps Exchange and get haircuts.
- Initial CFT: Recruits run their initial Combat Fitness Test.
- 5k Hike: Recruits participate their first hike 5 km in distance.
- PFT II: Recruits run their 2nd physical fitness test
- BAC/Pugil Sticks III: Recruits run the bayonet assault course and participate in their 3rd pugil sticks bout.
- Prac Written Exam I: Recruits take their first written exam, testing their knowledge.
- Admin/Orders: Recruits learn how to read their orders.
- Series Cmdr Inspection: Recruits are inspected by their Series Commander.
- Uniform Issue: Recruits are issued their uniforms.
- Final Drill/Move to WFTBN: Recruits conduct final drill, testing their skills in close order drill. Recruits move to Weapons and Field Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton.
- RCO Issue: Recruits are issued Rifle Combat Optics prior to Grass Week.
- 8k Hike: Recruits participate in a hike 8 km in distance.
- MCMAP Remediation: Recruits struggling with MCMAP are given an opportunity to get extra instruction.
- Qualification Day: Recruits qualify for Table I on the rifle range.
- Final CFT: Recruits take their final Combat Fitness Test.
- Prac Written Exam II: Recruits take their 2nd written test.
- SATO ticket issue: Recruits make their travel plans for after graduation.
- Confidence Chamber: Recruits train with their gas masks in the gas chamber.
- 6k Night Hike: Recruits conduct a night hike 6 km in distance.
- Copeland's Assault Course: Recruits conduct this course to help instill a combat mindset. Recruits conduct many different courses throughout the Crucible.
- 15k Reaper Hike: Recruits conduct the 15 km up the mountain named the Reaper. Completing this hike marks the end of the Crucible.
- Emblem Ceremony: Recruits become Marines and receive their Eagle, Globe, and Anchors.
- Gear De-Issue: Marines return their issued gear.
- Movement to MCRD: Marines return to MCRD San Diego from Camp Pendleton.
- Force Fitness: Marines conduct physical fitness activities throughout the week.
- 2nd Uniform Fitting: Marines are fitted for their uniforms a 2nd time.
- Blood Drive: Marines are given the opportunity to take part in a blood drive.
- Museum Visit: Marines visit the Marine Corps Museum aboard MCRD.
- MCMAP Test: Marines are tested on their MCMAP skills.
- PFT III: Marines conduct their final physical fitness test.
- Rappel/Fast Rope: Marines are trained on the rappel tower.
- Company Cmdr's Base Depot Tour: Civilian groups take a base tour with the Company Commander.
- Base Liberty: Marines are given a period of time for base liberty.
- Grad Practice: Marines practice for graduation.
- SOI/MCT Brief: Marines are briefed on what to expect when they arrive at the School of Infantry (SOI).
- Liberty Brief: Marines are briefed on what they are allowed to do during Family Day, as well as the rules and regulations while on 10 day leave.
- Warrior Preservation: Marines are given a lesson on preserving the history and traditions of the Marine Corps.
- Bn Cmdr's Inspection: Marines are inspected by the Battalion Commander.
- Weapons De-Issue: Marines return their weapons to the armory.
- Moto Run: Marines take part in the motivational run.
- Family Day: Marines see their family for the first time in 3 months.
- Graduation: Marines graduate boot camp and begin 10 day leave.