Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks


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Training Weeks

Below is a summary of each training week, according to the Official MCRD Parris Island and San Diego Websites for the 4 phase training schedule. The schedules for San Diego and Parris Island are different so be sure to select the correct tab below.

PHASE ONE


Receiving Week:

Yellow Footprints USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Recruits arrive on Parris Island late at night and are immediately thrust into the stressful whirlwind of in-processing, haircuts, uniform and gear issue and medical evaluations. Recruits undergo an initial strength test to ensure they are prepared for training. At the end of the week, they meet the team of drill instructors who will be responsible for them for the rest of training.


Weeks 1-3:

pugil sticks USMC

USMC photo by Cpl. Joseph Jacob

Recruits receive instruction on military history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, uniforms, leadership and core values. They begin to learn discipline through close-order drill and hand-to-hand combat skills through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which is made up of various martial arts styles. Recruits will also complete the 5K and 8K hikes.


Week 4:

swim week USMC bootcamp

USMC photo by LCpl. Aaron Bolser

Swim Week. True to their name, Marines need to know how to survive in the water. Recruits learn to leap into deep water, tread water, use issued equipment to stay afloat and to shed heavy gear that could pull them under water. Initial drill will also take place during this week, as well as a MCMAP test.


PHASE TWO


Week 5:

bayonet assault course USMC

USMC photo by Cpl. Tyler Viglione

Team Week. The recruits take a short break from nonstop training to help out around the island. Recruits do laundry, help in supply warehouses and clean buildings around the depot. They also get their photos taken in the dress blues uniform. They will finish the week off with the 10K hike.


Week 6:

grass week USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Grass Week. Recruits hike to the rifle range and begin to learn the fundamentals of Marine Corps marksmanship. Recruits learn the proper firing positions and spend hours sitting in grass fields sighting in on practice targets.


Week 7:

firing week USMC

USMC photo by Pfc. Carlin Warren

Firing Week. Recruits finally fire live rounds with their M16-A4 rifles. Recruits practice firing from different distances in the sitting, standing, kneeling and prone positions. Recruits finish the week with the 12K hike.


PHASE THREE


Week 8:

basic warrior training USMC

USMC photo

Basic Warrior Training. They are taught basic skills of survival in combat, such as combat marksmanship skills, land navigation, proper gas mask use, and how to maneuver under enemy fire.


Week 9:

testing week boot camp USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Testing week. The recruits undergo practical application evaluations. They complete a combat fitness test and face the challenges of the Confidence Course for the last time.


Week 10:

Yellow Footprints USMC

USMC photo by LCpl. Vanessa Austin

Recruits face the final challenges they must overcome to earn the title of Marine. The week begins with a physical fitness test and a written exam before the final drill evaluation. The recruits then face the Crucible, a final 54-hour field event that tests the recruits on the knowledge, skills and values they have been taught throughout training. Those who complete the final challenge are awarded their Eagle, Globe and Anchors, symbolizing their transformation from recruits to Marines.


PHASE FOUR


Week 11:

force fitness USMC

USMC photo

Marine week. Marine week now lasts two weeks, giving the new Marines more time with their Drill Instructors. During this time the Marines will gain more insight as to what it means to be a United States Marine. The Marines will also conduct a uniform inspection for the Battalion Commander.


Week 12:

boot camp graduation USMC

USMC photo by LCpl Aneshea Yee

This final week the Marines will complete final administrative tasks on the island before their graduation ceremony. The new Marines get 10 days of leave before reporting to the Camp Lejeune, N.C., for additional combat training, and then to various military occupational specialty schools across the country.

PHASE ONE


Receiving Week:

Yellow Footprints USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Recruits arrive at MCRD San Diego late at night and are immediately thrust into the stressful whirlwind of in-processing, haircuts, uniform and gear issue and medical evaluations. Recruits undergo an initial strength test to ensure they are prepared for training. At the end of the week, they meet the team of drill instructors who will be responsible for them for the rest of training.


Weeks 1-3:

testing week boot camp USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Recruits receive instruction on military history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, uniforms, leadership and core values. They begin to learn discipline through close-order drill and hand-to-hand combat skills through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which is made up of various martial arts styles. Recruits will also complete the 5K and 8K hikes and take part in the initial drill competition.


PHASE TWO


Week 4:

swim week USMC bootcamp

USMC photo by LCpl. Aaron Bolser

Swim Week. True to their name, Marines need to know how to survive in the water. Recruits learn to leap into deep water, tread water, use issued equipment to stay afloat and to shed heavy gear that could pull them under water.


Week 5:

bayonet assault course USMC

USMC photo by Cpl. Tyler Viglione

Team Week. The recruits take a short break from nonstop training to help out around the base. Recruits do laundry, help in supply warehouses and clean buildings around the depot. They also get their photos taken in the dress blues uniform. They will finish the week off with the 10K hike.


Week 6:

pugil sticks USMC

USMC photo by Cpl. Joseph Jacob

This week consists of preparation for the trip to Camp Pendleton. The recruits will complete a physical fitness test, compete in a pugil sticks bout, and conduct a uniform inspection.


PHASE THREE


Week 7:

grass week USMC

USMC photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert

Grass Week. Recruits hike to the rifle range and begin to learn the fundamentals of Marine Corps marksmanship. Recruits learn the proper firing positions and spend hours sitting in grass fields sighting in on practice targets.


Week 8:

firing week USMC

USMC photo by Pfc. Carlin Warren

Firing Week. Recruits finally fire live rounds with their M16-A4 rifles. Recruits practice firing from different distances in the sitting, standing, kneeling and prone positions. Recruits finish the week with the 12K hike.


Week 9:

basic warrior training USMC

USMC photo

Basic Warrior Training. They are taught basic skills of survival in combat, such as combat marksmanship skills, land navigation, proper gas mask use, and how to maneuver under enemy fire. They will also conduct the Final Combat Fitness Test.


PHASE FOUR


Week 10:

Yellow Footprints USMC

USMC photo by LCpl. Vanessa Austin

Recruits face the final challenges they must overcome to earn the title of Marine. The week begins with a physical fitness test and a written exam before the final drill evaluation. The recruits then face the Crucible, a final 54-hour field event that tests the recruits on the knowledge, skills and values they have been taught throughout training. Those who complete the final challenge are awarded their Eagle, Globe and Anchors, symbolizing their transformation from recruits to Marines.


Week 11:

force fitness USMC

USMC photo

Marine week. Marine week now lasts two weeks, giving the new Marines more time with their Drill Instructors. During this time the Marines will gain more insight as to what it means to be a United States Marine. The Marines will also conduct a uniform inspection for the Battalion Commander.


Week 12:

boot camp graduation USMC

USMC photo by LCpl Aneshea Yee

This final week the Marines will complete final administrative tasks before their graduation ceremony. The new Marines get 10 days of leave before reporting to the Camp Pendleton, CA for additional combat training, and then to various military occupational specialty schools across the country.

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