Welcome to Boot Camp! United States Marine Corps Recruit Training is a 13-week program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to serve in the United States Marine Corps.

In this video, you’ll get a brief glimpse of the Marine Corps Boot Camp experience including:

0:01 – Obstacle Course
The recruits are sent through the obstacle course several times to test their endurance and strength during recruit training.

5:55 – Rappel Tower
The recruits were trained to familiarize them with techniques used when exiting helicopters and descending the sides of buildings.

15:19 – Basic Water Survival Skills
The recruits were trained in water survival techniques for the amphibious nature of the Marine Corps.

25:38 – Pugil Stick Fighting
The recruits are taught pugil sticks to improve their ability to fight effectively in close quarters, with techniques from the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

27:52 – Bayonet Assault Course
The recruits were trained on the basic bayonet techniques and the bayonet assault course as part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.

All enlisted individuals entering the Marine Corps, regardless of eventual active or reserve duty status, will undergo recruit training at one of the two Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRD): Parris Island, South Carolina, or San Diego, California.

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