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Marine Corps basic Knowledge Test

1. Recruit Training Survival Tips
2. Daily Boot Camp Schedule
3. Things to bring to Boot Camp
4. The Ultimate Guide for Boot Camp
5. Marine Corps Jobs/MOS
6. Marine Corps Ranks

Marine Corps Basic Knowledge Test

Test your Marine Corps basic knowledge here. The questions are based off things your should/need to know coming straight out of boot camp.

                       Recruit Training Survival Tips

This is extremely helpful for knowing the little things. All of the little things that you learn from actually having been there has been put on a cheat sheet for your learning pleasure.

Boot Camp Observations by Pfc Rob Jones USMC

When I was a poolee, I was always concerned with what I liked to call the "little stuff." Like head calls, and the everyday things. Well, I went and found out first hand, and I will now pass the info on to you. Most of you will pick a lot of this info up, or be told it by your DI's, but it doesn't hurt to know ahead of time.

1. Head Calls. When I was at RT, I accomplished more unfathomable feats of the bladder than I ever imagined I could. I'm talking about REALLY having to go, and then holding it for another hour or two. So if I can do it, you can too. Not that asking to make a head call isn't allowed, but you have to be smart about it. If you're platoon is in the middle of something, you'll only be holding them up, which is lame. Drill, for example. If you're out there drilling, the platoon has to wait on you while they could be tightening up Present Arms from Left Shoulder Arms. You've all gotten used to the ability to go whenever you want. Trust me, you CAN hold it. On the other side of the fence, though, if you do know you're going to **** yourself, you might want to ask. Another thing: don't be too shy to get really close to the guy next to you, cause when you only have 30 seconds, that giddy stuff goes right out the window.

2. Hygiene. Obviously a very important thing that recruits don't get a lot of time to do. 120 seconds to shower, 120 seconds to shave/brush your teeth, while 75 other recruits are all trying to do the same's tricky. Here's what I did: usually it would only be half the platoon in there at a time. The DI says, "Port side shower up, Starboard side scuzz em up(your boots)." So, Port side rushes in. Here's where you can get ahead: freaking GO FAST. There are only a few sinks, and a lot of people just slime in there. Get in there and get to a dang sink. My advice is: shave/teeth first. Most of the time, there is a huge rush to the shower, and there are plenty of sinks open. Thus, if you go fast at shaving and brushing, you can get in the changeover line quick, and get your own shower too. Just because it's "your" shower doesn't mean you shouldn't let the guy next to you rinse off while you soap up though...gotta look out for eachother. Another thing I suggest is not using shaving cream. I found it to be a huge waste of time, since I could get plenty close without it, and it kept the sink a lot cleaner. In the shower, you don't have time to wash everything, so MAKE SURE you wash all your cuts and rashes first, then wash the areas where skin contacts skin(behind the knees, armpits, elbows, etc), then on from there.
On another note for hygiene, make sure you use hand sanitizer all the time. Also, DON'T SCRATCH, you undisciplined POS! Scratching will only spread germs, and could lead to cellulitis(you don't want this, it eats your skin/muscles in the late stages). And keep your nasty hands out of your face, too. Oh, and don't cough either, nobody wants your freaking germs(you WILL get sick). And if you can't help it, cough into your damn elbow and not all over the other recruits around you.

3. Chow. Obviously, you have little time to eat chow. Two things you should ALWAYS eat are bread and fruit. These two things are also the only things you should eat for breakfast when you have PT or a PFT. You need the carbs. Plus, some of the greasy foods they serve will dehydrate you. Speaking of dehydration, stay the hell away from milk and ESPECIALLY ice cream and the fruit juices they have. Just drink Powerade and water. Now, as far as chow goes: you'll need to pick something good, but also pick something that you can eat fast. For example, given the choice between pasta and rotisserie chicken, take the pasta, it eats much faster. One way to eat faster is to make sandwiches out of your stuff. This way you can eat your main course and your bread at the same time. And make sure you put salt on your food to avoid hyponeutremia(not enough sodium to retain your water), and thus don't become a heat case.

4. Boot laces. No offense to any other Marines who do this, but laces that are wrapped around your boot just look nasty. Lace them left over right, pull them tight, put knots in the end, pull the loops until the knots are at the end, and tuck those babies in.

5. In the early stages(receiving/forming) especially, but also in the later stages, it is a freaking excellent idea to make sure you know where all your trash is. When your DI says, "go back there and get your whatever and get back on line, 20, 19, 18.." and you spend 10 of those seconds trying to think about where it IS, you're screwed("oh, you want to take your own sweet time? good, face feet. We'll play this game until every recruit is on line with whatever"). Plus, it just plain made me more secure, knowing where everything was at all times.

6. When you first get into your squadbay, you'll most likely just pick the first open rack you see, but consider this, if you can manage to somehow maneuver and choose a rack: the DIs like to talk from the middle of the squadbay. So, if you are hard of hearing, and/or want to make sure you hear what they say, you will want to position yourself in the middle. Also consider: if you're near the rear hatch on either side, you'll be able to get out faster, but if you're near the front quarter deck, you'll be able to get in the head faster, but you'll be more visible to DI's. As far as port side vs. starboard side goes, you will always do a "wagonwheel right," so if you're on port side you're near the end of the line. This is especially important for PT showers, where everyone is SUPPOSED to walk through the showers and keep going, but some retards like to stop in the shower and hold everyone up. You'll see what I'm talking about when your DI is at 30, and you haven't even made it to the rain room yet. However, if you're on Port side, at least in my platoon, you got to shower/shave first.

7. Marking gear. You'll have to mark a lot of gear with your marking kit. Most of the time you'll mark white tape, and put clear tape over it. The problem is: if you put too much ink on your marking thing, it will become a blob when you put the clear tape over it. The two solutions are, first, you can stamp a piece of paper with your stamper until there is barely any ink on there, OR you can just color the stamper with an el marko(marker). Either one works.

8. More on hygiene. This may be irrelevant now, since recruits are being issued MOLLY gear instead of cantenes, but make sure you keep what you drink your water out of clean. I would bleach my cantenes every Sunday. This just involved putting a drop of bleach in my full cantene and swishing it around, and then i would wash off the mouth too. I don't know if you can do this with a camelback, but i'm sure there is some way to do it. This will further help you stay healthy. If you think about it, you are sick, and you drink from a pool of stagnant water, so the germs just stay in need to get rid of them.

9. This probably isn't a good idea in the beginning, but as the cycle goes on, you will get into the swing of things, and know what your DI is about to order you to do. Thus, it can be a good idea to "get ahead," as I like to call it. For example, when we prepared for hygiene time, if I had any extra time after getting all my stuff out, I would unblouse my trousers and loosen my boots. Now, this can also get you in trouble, as it did me("did he say unblouse your trousers? Good, pick up your foot locker, hold it out in front of you. Squat. Lower, back straight.") You gotta have common sense. You can also get ahead in other ways that won't get you in trouble, such as rolling your sleeves once you get your cammies back from laundry, and making grunt rolls when you get your fresh skivvies. Use your dang free time for squaring away your trash, not writing freaking damn letters. You'll see these people in 3 months anyway.

10. Shut the hell up. Seriously. Just shut up. Close your damn mouth and stop getting your platoon in trouble. If everyone listened to this advice, their cycle would be SO much easier. "Good, you want to talk? Did I say run your nasty fat mouths? *commence punishment*" Also, OPEN YOUR FAT MOUTH as well. Scream for your life you lazy recruit! Oh, and don't act all hurt when you get in trouble, and if you are in pain don't show it. If you are wincing and ****, your DI will just say, "NOBODY CARES! JUST DIE ALREADY! IF you're going to faint, then faint so I get to watch you bleed!" Example: sometimes for some reason, recruits would throw up after getting out of the chow hall. The DIs would simply say, "Did I tell you to throw up?" Oh yeah, and DON'T SPIT LIKE A NASTY THING. "Who just spit?" "THIS RECRUIT SIR!" "Good, pick it up. Put it in your pocket." Plus, it's just plain nasty. I swallowed more loogies than I can remember, and I'm fine, so you can do it too.

Before I continue, I forgot something with the showers: make sure you remember where you put your trash. Personally, I would usually take one of the corners, and arrange my trash in such a way that I would be able to recognize it. You know how many times I saw people that were unable to find their stuff.

11. The Gas Chamber. There's not much advice I can give you here besides practice holding your breath after doing 15 sidestraddle hops. The gas burns your face and your throat and eyes, but it goes away pretty quickly and really isn't that difficult to bear. Don't sweat it, and don't get freaked out by the pathetic weaklings who have to barge out of the chamber discipline.

12. CWS 3 Qualification. Easy, but there is one annoying thing. After you do the first part, you are lined up in the pool for a pretty long time. After that, you have to survival stroke for a while.'ve been standing around in cold water for like..half an hour and now you're swimming. Can you say TIGHT muscles? Jesus I thought my legs were falling off or something. Make sure when you're standing in that line you keep your legs loose or it'll be a painful 50 meters.

13. Pulling Targets. Stuff can get hectic in the pits. It takes a little time to get used to it, too. But, if you and your partner organize who will do what job, it'll be really helpful. Also, there is a distinctive noise when a round goes through your target. You will be able to tell that it was your target without even looking. Not that you shouldn't look, you should always have your eyes on your target. The sound is louder than the other sounds around you, and you will hear it in BOTH ears, and it will usually kind of make your ears ring. It's different from the sounds to your right and left, because usually you only hear those in one of your ears.

14. Hydrate. All the time. And make sure you hydrate BEFORE you need water. For example, if you have PT in the morning, you'd better drink at least 2 cantenes the night before. Don't be like Recruit Art and go down 3 times with a temperature of 107 and get sent home. Be smart. They say to drink 12-14 cantenes a, that's not really possible, but the minimum of 6 is definitely reachable. There's no reason you should go down due to lack of water.

Originally posted on by jinelson.

                     Daily Boot Camp Schedule

This is yet another incredible bit of info for your learning pleasures.

Daily schedule

A typical day in Marine Corps boot camp generally follows this schedule (physical training is only done on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday):[1]
TimeActivityDescription5:00AMWake-upWake up and perform personal morning tasks. For males, shaving is mandatory every morning.5:10AMFall-inLine up in company area, perform morning physical training (calisthenics and running).6:30AMMorning chow8:30AMTrainingBegin the day's scheduled training exercises.12:00PMNoon chow1:00PMTrainingContinue the day's scheduled training exercises.5:00PMEvening chow6:00PMDrill instructor timeTime for drill instructors to talk to the recruits about any subject they may think requires attention.
Mail call is also performed during this time.
8:30PMPersonal timeTime for recruits to engage in personal activities, such as writing letters, working out, doing laundry, or shaving.
Recruits may also catch up on platoon duties during this time, such as barracks cleaning or boot shining.
9:30PMLights-outTime for recruits to sleep.
Female internees practicing calisthenics in Manzanar. For other uses, see Running (disambiguation).

Organizational Structure

Boot camp is broken down structurally by regiment, battalion, company and platoon. One recruit training regiment, or RTR, is composed of three recruit training battalions (aboard MCRD Parris Island, there is an additional battalion to train female recruits. No females are trained at MCRD San Diego.). British regiment A regiment is a military unit, consisting of a variable number of battalions - commanded by a colonel. ... Symbol of the Austrian 14th Armoured Battalion in NATO military graphic symbols This article is about the military unit. ... Standard NATO code for a friendly infantry company. ... Platoon of the German Bundeswehr. ...

Drill Instructors

Central to the experience, training and development of Marine recruits is the Marine Drill Instructor. Each Boot Camp platoon is assigned at least three, perhaps more, Drill Instructors. There are several (usually two) Drill Instructors serving under a more experienced Senior Drill Instructor (SDI). Drill Instructors receive the Drill Instructor Ribbon for their billets of professionalism and excellence. This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A Drill Instructor Ribbon is a military decoration of the United States Armed Forces which is issued by the United States Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. ...

A platoon will either have three or four drill instructors. The head drill instructor is called the "Senior Drill Instructor" and must be addressed as such. The second in command is officially the EDI, or "Experienced Drill Instructor" but is unofficially referred to as the "heavy hat"or "j-hat" for junior DI. This hat is usually responsible for ensuring the platoon has the gear it needs and for teaching them drill. The third drill instructor in a three-hat team is the ADI, "Assistant Drill Instructor" commonly referred to as the "kill hat". This hat is the one who teaches the recruits knowledge and is usually the one who "corrects" recruits.

Diet & Fitness

Recruits receive their initial weigh-in during the forming phase.[2] If the recruit is under or over the height and weight standards[3][4][5], the recruit is placed on double rations (underweight) or in a "diet recruit" status (overweight).

Recruits on double rations, or "double rat recruits", are given twice the "chow" of their within-standards compatriots. Conversely, diet recruits are put on a strict diet composed of fewer calories and lower-fat foods such as baked fish and rice.

All recruits receive three meals a day. These are either served at the mess facility while in garrison or via Meals, Ready to Eat...or a "boxed chow" that has a sandwich, chips, cookies, hard boiled eggs, and assorted vegetables.

Training Schedule

Boot camp is broken down into three numbered phases, with a receiving phase during the first week at the depot. Each phase includes intensive education and training on history, customs and courtesy, close order drill, as well as other topics deemed essential for United States Marines. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

Boot camp itself is a 12-week cycle of training, not including the first week of in-processing, called "forming".[6]

Receiving Phase

The first activity of a new recruit is to stand in his or her first formation, marked by these yellow footprints

The initial period of Marine Corps Boot Camp is called the Receiving Phase. This period begins as the new recruits are on the bus, getting onto their recruit Depot. At this point they are civilians who desire to enlist, with little or no understanding of the requirements demanded of Marines in today's Fleet Marine Force. At this point they are acquainted with the famous "Yellow Footprints". These footprints are spread at 45 degrees, the proper foot placement for the position of attention "POA", at which they will spend most of boot camp.

The recruits are then made aware of the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice), which they are liable under. From here they are searched, and must give up any and all civilian conveniences, and they don their initial military issued uniforms. From here, the males receive their first military haircut, where they are left essentially bald. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) is the foundation of military law in the United States.

After this, the recruits go through days worth of introduction to the Marine Corps and completing the paperwork necessary to accommodate them into the Marine Corps. This takes approximately three days, ending with the Initial Strength Test (IST). The IST consists of performance tests involving pull-ups, abdominal crunches, and running. To pass, a male recruit must complete at least 2 pull-ups, 44 crunches in two minutes, and run 1.5 miles in 13:30 minutes or less. The female recruits must hold a “flexed arm hang” (hanging on a bar with their arms bent) for at least 12 seconds. They must also complete 44 crunches in two minutes, and run 1.5 miles in 15:00 minutes or less.

From here, those recruits who pass are prepared for their actual platoons, while those who fail are dropped, for males, to PCP (Physical Conditioning Platoon), informally known as the "Pork Chop Platoon" or "Donut Brigade", and for females, to FRP (Female Rehabilitation Platoon), where recruits are subjected to even more intense physical training. Female recruits are also dropped to FRP to recover from injuries received during training and to recover from certain illnesses. From this point, recruits experience "Black Friday". This is the day where they meet their actual Drill Instructors. They also meet their Company Commander, a Captain, who orders their Drill Instructors to train them to become Marines. It is at this point that Boot Camp truly begins. Please see Captain (military) for other versions of this rank Captain is a rank in the United States armed forces that ranks between a First Lieutenant and Major (O-3 in the United States Army, U.S. Air Force, and United States Marines).

At this point, recruits receive their "IT Brief", where the recruits learn of the consequences of disobedience, or even not performing to the Drill Instructor's expectations. The Drill Instructors physically, psychologically and mentally challenge the recruits, including yelling at maximum volume to induce stress, simulate stress of the battlefield, and elicit immediate compliance to instructions. As punishment for infractions, both major and minor, "incentive physical training" AKA "getting thrashed/bent" or "going to the pit" (usually as a Platoon) can be imposed on wayward recruits. In past years, this policy of "individual/incentive training" has become controversial in its alleged severity, however it is defended by the Marines who have gone through it as "essential" to the training necessary to becoming a Marine.

Each phase consists of a predetermined number of training days, these are counted in the training matrix as "T1", "T2", etc.[7]

Phase One

Phase One lasts approximately four weeks. This phase is designed to break the recruits of civilian habits and to prepare them for Marine Corps discipline. This is done by disorienting them and instilling in them the mental and physical discipline needed to perform under stressful situations that will be simulated in subsequent phases, and experienced in combat situations. It is at this point that a recruit must come to terms with the decision he has made, and where he develops the true determination needed to make it through the process of becoming a United States Marine.

The purpose of the First Phase is to psychologically break down the Recruit. At this point, civilian thoughts and habits are considered detrimental to training, so they are squashed during this period by intense physical training, unchanging routines, strict discipline, and heavy instruction. The process is designed to enable recruits to learn to survive in combat situations, when captured by the enemy, and generally to adapt and overcome any encounters foreign to the recruit. One of the principle ideals learned during this period is that any and all Marines must be called "Sir", or "Ma'am", because they have completed the journey and become "Fleet Marines." Also, from this point onward recruits are not permitted to refer to themselves with first-person ("I") or second-person ("you") pronouns, because traditionally Marines think of themselves as the Corps, or their unit, first (rather than thinking of themselves as an individual recruit/Marine). Instead, recruits are required to use third-person referrals, such as referring to themselves as "This (or the) recruit" or "These (or the) recruits", etc. Failure to do so usually ends with extreme punishment, such as an IT.

The bulk of first phase, other than the breakdown, consist of classes about the Marine Corps, First Aid, History, Rank, Protocol, Customs and Courtesies, and other relevant topics.

During this phase, recruits are also issued their M16A2 Service Rifle. This rifle is to be theirs through the entirety of Boot Camp. Recruits must learn their rifle's serial number, the four weapons safety rules, the four weapons conditions, and go through preparatory lessons in Marksmanship. In addition, recruits begin to learn close order drill, to instill discipline, and the immediate and willing obedience to orders. The weapon is always referred to as a 'weapon' and never a 'gun'. M16 (more formally United States Rifle, Caliber 5.The service rifle (also known as standard-issue rifle) of a given army or armed force is that which it issues as standard to its soldiers.

By the end of First Phase, Recruits can march, respond to orders, and can PT adequately. All recruits must also pass swimming qualifications at the end of Phase One. Recruits unable to pass their swimming qualifications will be dropped out of their original platoon and cycled into a different platoon so they have another chance to pass the qualifications.

At this point they are ready for Phase Two.

Phase Two

Phase Two of Marine Corps Boot Camp, is essentially the training that Marines require for the field. This includes two weeks of rifle training, 'field week', and the Crucible.

The First week of the second phase of boot camp is known as "Grass Week". This week is spent in class learning about the Marksmanship principles of the M16, and how to shoot efficiently. When not in class, recruits are "snapping in", or dry firing their rifles at painted targets similar to the targets they will fire at for qualification.

The second week is qualification week. This week recruits are awakened early in the morning to prepare the rifle range for firing. They spend all day running through the "KD" or Known Distance Course of fire, practicing their aim, firing, and recovery. On Thursday of that week is qualification day. There, recruits fire at the 200, 300, and 500 meter lines, in the sitting, kneeling, and standing positions, and must pass with one of three qualification levels: Marksman, sharpshooter, or expert. The Marines are the only branch of the US military that require the 500 meter line qualification.

After the Rifle range, recruits begin Field Week. During this week, recruits learn basic infantry tactics, designed to give every Marine the ability to function as a rifleman, should the need permit. During this week, recruits are trained in such topics as the use of gas masks, field movements (humping, the Marine term for hiking in full gear), night fire, bivouacking, field first aid, etc. At the end of this week, the recruits prepare for the Crucible.

The Crucible

The Crucible is the culmination of everything a basic rifleman Marine should know. It is three days of constant strenuous testing, humping, hardship, punishment, and starvation. The recruit is given four MREs, and this is meant to supply them for the next three days. Worthy of note is that while some recruits have food to spare at the end of this ordeal, others consume their rations quickly, and when they become hungry, other recruits aid their fellows, some even giving their last bit of food to another. This is one of the goals of the Crucible: to train Marines to look out for one another. This also distinguishes leaders among the recruits, something the Drill Instructors look for in their platoons. The Crucible consists of certain challenges for the recruits, broken into teams of 15, to accomplish as a whole, or fail as a whole. One single recruit completing an obstacle means almost nothing. If anyone fails, it means that those that completed it failed to aid their fellow recruit in the accomplishment of their given mission. This is perhaps the ultimate goal of the Crucible: to instill in potential Marines that completing the mission is paramount to anything else. Added to these tasks, the recruits only get 8 hours of sleep over the course of these three days, adding the very real element of fatigue to the situations. On the final day of the Crucible, recruits are awoken and begin their final march (On the West coast this begins the 'Reaper' March). The United States Marine Corps Crucible is the final test in phase two of Marine Corps recruit training.

Phase Three

Third Phase is essentially the 'polishing' of the recruits, where their drilling, knowledge, and basic skills are honed and tested. Also, they are fitted for their full issue of service uniforms. After this, the recruits are tested out in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, and the knowledge test. After this, there is what is known as "team week", where recruits help out in the chow hall, pool, and other areas where labor is needed. The point of this week is to instill upon the almost Marines that they will be called upon for more than their given job, to help others in the accomplishment of their mission. MCMAP logo The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) is a combat system developed by the United States Marine Corps to combine existing and new hand-to-hand and close combat techniques with morale and team-building functions and instruction in what the Marine Corps calls the Warrior Ethos.[1...

After Team Week, the recruits have Final Drill. This is a test not only of the recruits, but also how well the Drill Instructors have trained them. This is graded, as is the Battalion Commander's inspection, which happens after. At this point, the recruits, dressed in a Marine's service Alpha uniform, minus the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (which they have not yet been awarded), are inspected by a Lt. Col. They have their Service Rifle inspected, as well as their Rifle Manual, and their general knowledge and bearing. They are asked questions that they were not previously made aware of, such as, "What was the most important thing you learned in Boot Camp?" After this, the recruits turn in their rifles, and prepare for graduation, practicing for the ceremony. Also, these recruits are afforded more privileges than the first phase recruits they are around, such as getting first priority at the chow hall, as well as getting to occasionally eat at the Marine chow hall. At the beginning of the last week, the recruits receive their military ID, as well as their personal items (any items with them upon arrival). 


The last day is called Family Day. This is the day the recruits have been waiting for. It is the "Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Ceremony". This is the moment where they cease to be recruits, and become Marines forever, and are awarded their trademark Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA) insignia. This is followed by liberty with their families. But first, they have their "moto" run, where they run as a company, yelling Marine Corps Cadences. That night, their last at their Depots, the tradition is to have a gong show. A gong show is where the newly minted Marines get together and mock the Drill Instructors (in a respectable and appreciative manner of course), whom they now refer to as their rank. The new Marines refer to themselves in the first person, as well as addressing themselves as Private, or Private First Class, as merited. It has also been known to occur that the Drill Instructors use their last night to IT their platoon one last time. The next morning, the new Marines stack their sea bags in a Pyramid, form for the graduation ceremony, and are dismissed from the Recruit Depot, to their Boot leave (10 days), pending either MCT (Marine Combat Training), or SOI (School of Infantry), depending on their MOS (Military Occupational Specialty). From here, Marine Corps Boot camp is finished, the new Marines begin their enlistments. The School of Infantry (SOI) SOI East, located at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune, and the SOI West at Camp Pendleton host the second stage of initial military training for enlisted Marines after recruit training. ... The School of Infantry (SOI) SOI East, located at United States Marine Corps Base Camp Geiger, a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune, and the SOI West at Camp Pendleton  host the second stage of initial military training for enlisted Marines after recruit training.

Originally posted on by Sparkie.

                   Things to bring to Boot Camp

1. Recruiter info and packet
2. Picture ID
3. SSN (card)
4. Any college you have completed (proof) if it has not been entered by your recruiter
5. High school Diploma if it has not been entered by your recruiter.
6. A few pictures (no obscene ones) well if you bring obscene I will keep them.
7. Address (not a book) just a sheet of paper with the address of the people you want to write.
8. Stamps (1 book) you can buy more on your first PX visit.
9. no more than $10.00
10. Wear trousers with a belt and a shirt tucked in.

A large number of recruits are bringing any and everything with them. Cell Phones, IPODS, pens, paper, hygiene gear. All these things will be taken away from you. We will do mounds of paper work for the electronics then store it and throw everything else away. Usually for the recruits that bring battery operated items they quit the first few hours they are here because it drives me nuts that they did no research prior to coming to Boot Camp so i have my fun with them. No extra clothes, shoes book bags, fanny packs. Nothing, unless it is listed above. Do not wear a Marine shirt.

Originally posted on by drillinstructor.

              The Ultimate Guide for Boot Camp

Here is, in my opinion, the ultimate knowledge source for preparing for Boot Camp. This has literally everything you could possibly need to know minus real world experience.

Preparing for Boot Camp
The more you can prepare in advance, the better off you will be. Preparing for everything in your life no matter how important it is will help you beyond beleif. Knowledge is power. It always benefits you if you know what is going on or at least have some knowledge. Things like the news, the war, church, family, school...everything. The same is to for Marine Corsp boot camp.

The Army converts the ASVAB subtest scores into five composite score areas, known as "line scores." The line scores determine what job(s)/MOS(s) an individual qualifies for. The ASVAB subtests are: General Science (GS); Arithmetic Reasoning (AR); Word Knowledge (WK); Paragraph Comprehension (PC); Numerical Operations (NO); Coding Speed (CS); Auto and Shop Information (AS); Mathematics Knowledge (MK); Mechanical Comprehension (MC); Electronics Information (EI); and Sum of Word Knowledge and Paragraph Comprehension (VE). Marine Corps Line Scores are determined as follows:
GT—General Technical—VE+AR
MM—Mechanical Maintenance—NO+AS+MC+EI
ST—Skilled Technical—GS+VE+MK+MC

Military Occupational Status(MOS) Information
-Enlisted MOS's
-Officer MOS's

For a list of the scores needed for some(many but not all) MOS's

The Physical Part

You need to prepare yourself physically by getting in basic shape. If you can do okay on the physical test prior to your shipout date youll be fine. DONT STRESS!!!

It's important that you get into some semblance of physical shape. Concentrate on running three miles and long marches (up to 10 miles). Sit-ups and pull-ups are also important. If you are unable to perform basic exercises, you may spend a significant amount of time in PCP (the Physical Conditioning Platoon). PCP is tough: PCP's objective is physical fitness, and that's what you'll be conentrating in while in the program. Individual remain in PCP until they can While it is normally a 21 day program, once you're in, you don't get out until you can do 3 pull ups, 40 sit ups in 2 minutes, and run 3 miles in 28:00 minutes.
If you arrive overweight, your Drill Instructor will put you on a "Diet Tray" for your meals. (On the other hand, if you arrive underweight, you may be put on "double-rations.")
If you struggle considerably you need to dedicate some time to building your strength. I suggest doing body weight workouts, for several reasons. The first, these are the type of exercises you will be performing while in boot camp. You will give yourself a chance to learn many exercises and how they are performed correctly in a comfortable and less stressful environment. Also your body is the only piece of equitment you will ALWAYS have with you. You cant ship your gym everywhere you go. You will learn wourkouts you can use the rest fo your life.

You do not need to overtrain to get in shape. The DI's push your limits... thats their job. If you can only do 85 pushups until failure, then you'll do 86. If you can do 1,000 you get to do 1,001. The DI's will build you up and you'll do fine.

Do not forget to do stretches before and after all exercises and runs.
Run, run, and run some more. You'll be doing lots of it in boot camp so get used to it now. A good way to build yourself up is to take a timed run. The length is your choice, but preferably as long as possible. Run every other day and add 2 minutes time the runs everytime. Dont worry about speed only the time. Later you can worry about getting faster.

If you are used to running and take regular runs then try adding short sprints randomly in the middle of your runs then return to normal speed. It will add variety and also make you faster.

Additional exercises, descriptions and illustrations

The Initial Strength Test (IST). - Performed when you arrive at boot camp

Male Female

2 Pull Ups Flexed Arm Hange - 12 seconds
35 Sit Ups (2 minutes) 35 Sit Ups (2 Minutes)
1.5 Mile Run - 13:30 1 Mile Run - 10:30


These are e several of the most common items recommended to memorize prior to your arrival at PI/SD...

You should memorize U.S. Marine Corps Rank.

The 11 General Orders of a Sentry
1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.
2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
4. To repeat all calls [from posts]more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.
7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.
8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
9. To call the Corporal of the Guard in any case not covered by instructions.
10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
11. Be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority

U.S. Marine Corps' Core Values

Honor guides Marines to exemplify the ultimate in ethical and moral behavior; to never lie cheat or steal; to abide by an uncompromising code of integrity; respect human dignity; and respect others. The quality of maturity, dedication, trust and dependability commit Marines to act responsibly; to be accountable for their actions; to fulfill their obligations; and to hold others accountable for their actions.

Courage is the mental, moral and physical strength ingrained in Marines. It carries them through the challenges of combat and helps them overcome fear. It is the inner strength that enables a Marine to do what is right; to adhere to a higher standard of personal conduct; and to make tough decisions under stress and pressure.

Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in Marines. It leads to the highest order of discipline for individuals and units. It is the ingredient that enables 24-hour a day dedication to Corps and country. It inspires the unrelenting determination to achieve a standard of excellence in every endeavor.

Code of Conduct
1. I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
2. I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
3. If I am captured I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
4. If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
5. When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
6 . I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.

My Rifle: The Creed of a US Marine
by Major General William H. Rupertus (USMC, Ret.)
(written following the attack on Pearl Harbor)

This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We
are the saviors of my life.
So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!

M16A2 and M16A4 5.56mm Rifles

Primary function: Infantry weapon
Manufacturer: Colt Manufacturing and Fabrique Nationale Manufacturing Inc.
Length: 39.63 inches (100.66 centimeters)
Weight, with 30 round magazine: 8.79 pounds (3.99 kilograms)
Bore diameter: 5.56mm (.233 inches)
Maximum effective range:
Area target: 2,624.8 feet (800 meters)
Point target: 1,804.5 feet (550 meters)
Muzzle velocity: 2,800 feet (853 meters) per second
Rate of fire:
Cyclic: 800 rounds per minute
Sustained: 12-15 rounds per minute
Semiautomatic: 45 rounds per minute
Burst: 90 rounds per minute
Magazine capacity: 30 rounds
Unit Replacement Cost: $586

Features: The M16A2 5.56mm rifle is a lightweight, air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed, shoulder- or hip-fired weapon designed for either automatic fire (3-round bursts) or semiautomatic fire (single shot) through the use of a selector lever. The weapon has a fully adjustable rear sight. The bottom of the trigger guard opens to provide access to the trigger while wearing winter mittens. The upper receiver/barrel assembly has a fully adjustable rear sight and a compensator which helps keep the muzzle down during firing. The steel bolt group and barrel extension are designed with locking lugs which lock the bolt group to the barrel extension allowing the rifle to have a lightweight aluminum receiver.

Background: The M16A2 rifle is a product improvement of the M16A1 rifle. The improvements are:
heavier, stiffer barrel than the barrel of the M16A1;
redesigned handguard, using two identical halves, with a round contour which is sturdier and provides a better grip when holding the rifle;
new buttstock and pistol grip made of a tougher injection moldable plastic that provides much greater resistance to breakage;
improved rear sight which can be easily adjusted for windage and range;
modified upper receiver design to deflect ejected cartridges, and preclude the possibility of the ejected cartridges hitting the face of a left-handed firer;
burst control device, that limits the number of rounds fired in the automatic mode to three per trigger pull, which increases accuracy while reducing ammunition expenditure;
muzzle compensator, designed to reduce position disclosure and improve controllability and accuracy in both burst and rapid semi-automatic fire;
heavier barrel with a 1 in 7 twist to fire NATO standard SS 109 type (M855) ammunition which is also fired from the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). This further increases the effective range and penetration of the rifle cartridge. The M16A2 will also shoot the older M193 ammunition designed for a 1 in 12 twist.

M16A4 Rifle
The M16A4 Rifle is a standard M16A2 Rifle with a flat top upper receiver and detachable carrying handle. The flat top upper receiver has an integral rail that is utilized (when the carrying handle is removed) to mount optical devices to the weapon. The M16A4 Rifle in combination with the M5 Rail Adapter forms the Modular Weapon System (rifle version) which provide soldiers the flexibility to configure their weapons with those accessories required to fulfill an assigned mission. There are no differences between the internal dimensions of the M16A2 Rifle and the M16A4 Rifle.

Marine Corps History

Marine Corps Hymn

Only the first verse in neccessary but all of it is preferred.
From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean,
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marines.
Our flag's unfurl'd to every breeze
From the dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far-off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes,
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And have never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Phonetic Alphabet
A Alfa
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliett
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskey
X X-ray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu

Individual Drill
You may choose to practice some Individual Drill but its not neccesary

Unofficial Dictionary for Marines

List of Tasks for Graduation from Boot Camp

Explain the purpose of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).
Identify offenses punishable under UCMJ.
Explain the forms of punishment that may be imposed for violations of the UCMJ.
Explain the major differences among the three types of Courts-Martial.
Explain the rights of the accused before judicial and nonjudicial proceedings.
Explain the purpose of nonjudicial punishment (NJP).
Explain the procedures for Request Mast.
Explain the five types of discharges which may be awarded a Marine upon separation.
Explain the nine principles of the Law of War.

Explain the Marine Corps mission.
Identify significant events in Marine Corps History.
Identify the historical significance of Marine Corps uniform items.
Explain common terms, sayings, and quotations used in the Marine Corps.
Perform required military courtesies and honors.
Describe the three sizes of National Ensigns.
Explain the customs of the Marine Corps.
Identify the location of the Marine Divisions, Air Wings, and Force Service Support Groups (FSSG).
Describe the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) organizations.
Explain the three classifications of Marine Corps awards.

Explain the purpose of Close Order Drill.
Participate in unit drill (Platoon Level).

Mark individual clothing.
Maintain clothing and equipment.
Stand a personnel inspection.
Stand a clothing and equipment inspection.
Wear uniform.
Maintain a professional personal appearance.
Maintain standards for civilian attire.

Explain the objectives of leadership.

Explain the Marine Corps policy on the use of illegal drugs.
Explain programs created to combat the use of illegal drugs.
Explain the Marine Corps policy on alcohol abuse.
Describe indicators of alcohol abuse.
Identify the medical hazards of tobacco use.

Explain education programs.
Describe authorized absence procedures.
Describe agencies that provide assistance.
Describe the factors affecting career development.
Explain the Marine Corps policy on sexual harassment.
Explain the Marine Corps policy on equal opportunity.
Explain the Marine Corps position on fraternization.
Identify means of protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
Describe Occupational Field (OCCFLD) and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) structure.
Explain the issues concerning pregnancy and parenthood.

Define the term combat.
Identify the nine elements usually encountered in a combat environment.
Identify the five stresses a Marine may expect to experience in combat.
Explain the characteristics that enable Marines to overcome fear.

Explain the duties of the interior guard.
Explain the eleven general orders.
Stand a sentry post.
Identify the organization of the interior guard.
Explain deadly force.
Describe the key characteristics of terrorism.
Describe measures of self-protection against terrorist attacks.

Explain the six articles of the Code of Conduct.
Explain the rights of a prisoner of war (POW).
Explain the obligations of a POW.

Perform weapons handling procedures with the M16A2 service rifle.
Perform preventive maintenance on the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage targets with the M16A2 service rifle at the sustained rate.
Zero the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage stationary targets with the M16A2 service rifle at known distances.
Engage targets of limited exposure (time) with the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage targets during low light and darkness with the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage targets with the Ml6A2 service rifle while wearing the field protective mask.
Engage multiple targets with the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage moving targets with the M16A2 service rifle.
Engage targets at unknown distances with the M16A2 service rifle.

Prepare individual combat equipment for tactical operations.
Execute individual movement in a field environment.
React to indirect fire.
Assume field firing positions.
React to enemy direct fire.
Camouflage self and individual equipment.
Employ techniques of unaided night vision.
Cook a Meal, Ready-to-Eat (MRE).
Erect basic individual shelters.

Maintain the M40 field protective mask.
Don the M40 field protective mask with hood.

Apply basic first aid.
Perform basic first aid preventive measures.
Practice basic field sanitation.
Transport casualties using manual carries and improvised stretchers.

Maintain physical fitness.

Apply combat water survival skills.

Execute the basic warrior stance.
Execute punches.
Execute falls.

Execute bayonet techniques.

Execute strikes.
Execute chokes.
Execute throws.

Execute counters to strikes.
Execute counters to chokes and holds.

Required Recruit Information
You will take a test on these questions before you graduate boot camp. These questions cover many of the "Tasks for Graduation from Boot Camp"

1.Who are the personnel responsible for upholding the UCMJ.

A -All members of the armed forces, (active and reserve).

2.If a Marine is not at his appointed place of duty, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A -Article 86, Absence without leave.

3.If an enlisted Marine tells his peers that their Second Lieutenant Platoon Commander is a total idiot, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A-Article 89, Disrespect toward a superior commissioned officer.

4.If an enlisted Marine punches his/her Company Commander, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A -Article 90, -Assaulting or willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer.

5.If a Private tells a Corporal that he/she will not correct his/her uniform as the Corporal instructed, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A -Article 91, Insubordinate conduct toward a Warrant Officer, NCO, or Petty Officer.

6.If a Marine steals a pair of shoes from the Exchange, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A-Article 121, Larceny and wrongful appropriation.

7.If a Marine gets involved in a bar fight, what article of the UCMJ has that Marine violated?

A-Article 128, Assault.

8.If a junior Marine has more than just a working relationship with a senior Marine, what article of the UCMJ has the Marines Violated?

A-Article 134, General Article.

9.Select the type of punishment that may be given orally or in writing, per Manual for Courts Martial.


10.If a Marine has ½ of his/her pay and his/her housing allowance taken away, which type of punishment did that Marine receive.

A-Forfeiture of pay and allowances.

11.What type punishment would it be if a Marine is liable to the U.S. Government for a stated monetary value.


12.What type of punishment would it be if a Marine loses his/her lineal standing.

A-Loss of numbers.

13.What type of punishment would it be if a Marine loses his/her rank, per Manual for Courts Martial.

A-Reduction in pay grade.

14.What type of punishment would it be if a Marine is not allowed to leave the base, but can go anywhere on the base.


15.If a Marine is awarded hard labor without confinement, identify the first individual who may award this form of punishment.

A-Battalion Commander.

16.If a Marine is placed in police custody, and taken to the Brig, what type of punishment did the Marine receive.


17.What type of punishment may be imposed aboard ship.

A-Confinement on bread and water.

18.If a Marine receives a dishonorable discharge, what type of punishment did the Marine receive.

A-Punitive separation.

19.If a Marine is convicted of a capitol offence, what is the most severe type of punishment that may be imposed.


20.What is the court-martial that the accused has the right to object to.

A-Summary Court-Martial.

21.What is the court-martial in which a bad-conduct discharge is the only punitive discharge that may be awarded.

A-Special Court-Martial.

22.What is the only court-martial in which the death penalty may be imposed.

A-General Court-Martial.

23.What are the rights provided by Article 31.

A-Right to remain silent, right to talk to a lawyer.

24.What would be one of the offences in which NJP can be given.

A-Article 121, Larceny.

25.If a Marine receives Company level NJP, select the appropriate punishment that may be awarded.


26.If a Marine is separating from the Marine Corps after 4 years of faithful service with 3.0/4.0 Pro/Con marks, what type of discharge he/she would receive.


27.If a Marine has a medical problem restricting the Marine’s performance of duties, what type of discharge he/she would receive.

A-General, Under Honorable Conditions.

28.If a Marine’s conduct has included drug abuse and administrative action is taken instead of a court-martial, what type of discharge he/she would receive.

A-General, Under Other Than Honorable Conditions.

29.If a Marine was convicted by a Special Court-Martial, what type of discharge he/she would receive.

A-Bad Conduct Discharge.

30.If a Marine was convicted of a General Court-Martial, what type of discharge he/she would receive.


31.If a Marine has a pay problem, what is the appropriate course of action he/she should take.

A-Request Mast.

32.If a Marine kills an enemy clergyman in a wartime environment, what is the principal of the Law of War the Marine violated.

A-Marines fight only enemy combatants.

33.If a Marine neglects to provide first aid to an enemy soldier after a firefight, what is the principal of the Law of War the Marine has violated.

A-Marines collect and care for the wounded, whether friend or foe.

34.If a Marine shoots an enemy doctor, what is the principal of the Law of War the Marine has violated.

A-Marines do not attack medical personnel, facilities, or equipment.

35.If a Marine’s mission is to demolish a bridge, but he also decides to blow up a church, select the principal of the Law of War the Marine has violated.

A-Marines do not destroy more than the mission requires.

36.If a Marine steals a gold ring from an enemy corpse, what Law of War the Marine has violated.

A-Marines do not steal.

37.Name an item that a Marine is not to accept from his captors, per the third article of the Code of Conduct.


38.What are the four items that a Marine is required to give to his captors, per the fifth article of the Code of Conduct.

A-Name, Rank, Service Number, and Date of Birth.

39.What is the right of a POW.

A-Receive mail.

40.What is the obligation of a prisoner of war (POW).

A-Perform nonmilitary labor that is not humiliating, dangerous, or unhealthy for pay.

OK now we are finally done with the UCMJ, Code Of Conduct and Laws of War and we now are going to focus on the mission of the Marine Corps questions.

41.What is one of the elements of the Marine Corps mission.

A-Perform duties, which the President may direct.

42.Where is the location of the 1st Marine Division.

A-Camp Pendleton, California.

43.Where is the location of the 2nd Marine Division.

A-Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

44.Where is the location of the 3rd Marine Division.

A-Okinawa, Japan

45.Where is the location of the 4th Marine Division Headquarters.

A-New Orleans, Louisiana.

46.Where is the location of the 1st Marine Air Wing.

A-Okinawa, Japan.

47.Where isthe location of the 2nd Marine Air Wing.

A-Cherry Point, North Carolina.

48.Where is the location of the 3rd Marine Air Wing.

A-Miramar, California.

49.Where is the location of the 1st Marine Logistics Group.

A-Camp Pendleton, California.

50.Where isthe location of the 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

A-Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

51.Where is the location of the 3rd Marine Logistics Support Group.

A-Okinawa, Japan

52.What are the four core elements of the MAGTF.

A-Command, Ground Combat, Aviation Combat, and Combat Service Support.

53.If a Marine detail is carrying the National Ensign, what is the item describing the National Ensign.


54.If a flag is mounted on a vehicle, what is the item describing the flag.


55.If a platoon is marching behind the guide carrying a flag, what is the item describing the flag.


56.This flag is flown during inclement weather and measures 5 x 9 ½ ft. It is called what?

A-Storm Flag.

57.This flag is flown on Sunday and Holidays and it measures 20 x 38 ft. It is called what?

A-Garrison Flag.

58.This flag is flown on weekdays and Saturdays and it measures 10 x 19 ft. It is called what?

A-Post Flag.

59.What are the procedures for boarding a ship.

A-Face the rear of the ship and salute (the National Ensign), then salute the Officer of the Deck and ask, “Request permission to come aboard”.

60.What are the procedures for debarking a ship.

A-Salute the Officer of the Deck and ask, “Request permission to go ashore” then face the rear of the ship and salute the National Ensign.

61.Explain the procedures for entering a vessel, such as a small liberty boat, given a Private, a Sergeant, a Captain, and a Colonel.

A-The Private would board first, the Sergeant second, followed by the Captain, and then the Colonel.

62.Explain the procedures for exiting a vessel, such as a small liberty boat, given a Private, a Sergeant, a Captain, and a Colonel.

A-The Colonel would exit first, the Captain second, followed by the Sergeant, and then the Private.

What are the definitions of the following Naval terms.


A-Front of ship.


A-Rear of ship.




A-Brass on a ship.


A- Drinking fountain or gossip.

68.If a Marine reports to a new command, select the uniform the Marine should wear, per MCO 1020.34F.

A-Service “A” also known as Alpha's.

69.What are clothing items that are proper civilian attire per MCO 1020.34f.

A-Clothing that is neat in appearance, proper fit and size, and is conservative in nature.

70.What are occasions for wearing civilian attire.

A-Leave, liberty, aboard ship, outside the United States.

71.What is the uniform item authorized for wear with civilian attire.

A-All footwear, black leather gloves, service sweater.

72.What are clothing items that are eccentric or fail to meet standards, per
MCO 1020.34f.

A-Clothing with ethnic remarks, earrings on male Marines.

73.What are the categories of authorized awards.

A-Personal, Service and Unit.

74.What is the primary objective of Marine Corps leadership?

A-To instill in all Marines that they are warriors first in order to win wars.

75.What is the statement describing the Marine Corps policy on the distribution of illegal drugs.

A-Not tolerated.

76.What is the statement describing the Marine Corps policy on the possession on illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia per MCO 5300.12A.

A-Not tolerated.

77.What is the statement describing the illegal use of drugs.

A-Not tolerated.

78.What the statement that describes the urinalysis-testing program, per MCO 5300.12A.

A-Designed to identify and deter illegal drug use.

79.Select the purpose of the Marine Corps urinalysis program.

A- Established for the systematic screening of Marines regardless of rank for the presence of drugs.

80.What is the statement that describes alcoholism.

A-Use of alcohol that effects performance, debilitates health, and contributes to disorderly conduct.

81.What are the indicators of alcohol abuse.

A-Blackouts, hangovers, fatigue, illness, conflict.

82.What is the Marine Corps policy on tobacco use in the workplace.

A-Tobacco use is legal, but discouraged due to health risks.

83.What is the definition of leave.

A-Authorized absence which is charged against leave accounts.

84.How leave is accrued.

A-Every month a Marine earns 2 ½ days.

85.What are the types of leave.

A-Advanced, Annual, Convalescent, and Emergency.

86.What are the 2 types of liberty.

A-Regular and Special.

87.What is the mark of “excellent” in Proficiency/Conduct marks for a Marine.

A 4.5/4.5

88.The threatening of one’s career in exchange for sexual favors in a work-related environment is the definition of what?

A-Sexual harassment

89.Fair and equal treatment to every person, regardless of age, sex, race, or religion is the definition of what?

A-Equal Opportunity.

90.A social or business contact among Marines of different grades that undermines good order and discipline is the definition of what?


91.If a Marines MOS is 0311, what numbers describe his Occupational Field?

-A 03

92.What are the procedures for challenging personnel.

A-1) Take cover. 2) State “Halt, who goes there?” 3) If not recognized state “Advance to be recognized.” 4) If not recognized examine ID. If not recognized detain and call the Corporal of the guard.

93.What are the six billets of the interior guard per NAVMC 2691A.

A-Sentries, Corporal of the Guard, Sergeant of the guard, Commander of the guard, Officer of the Day, Commanding Officer.

94.The efforts of an individual used against another to cause death, substantial risk of death, or serious bodily harm is the definition of what?

A-Deadly Force.

95.The unlawful use of violence against individuals to intimidate governments to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives is the definition of what?


96.What are the 4 measures of self-protection against terrorism.

A-Maintain a low profile, be unpredictable, remain alert, and protect your vehicle.

97.Select the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps.

A-Tun Tavern located in Philadelphia, PA.

98.What is the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

A-10 November 1775.

99.Where was the location of the first amphibious assault in Marine Corps history, which was lead by Samuel Nicholas.

A-New Providence, Bahamas.

100.Who was the Marine Known as “the Grand Old Man of the Marine Corps,” who served 38 years as Commandant of the Marine Corps and initiated the “Force in Readiness” concept.

A-Archibald Henderson.

101.Who was the first Marine to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

A-John Mackie.

102.This uniform item is a cross-shaped braid worn by Marine officers and originated to enable sharpshooters to distinguish between friend and foe.


103.What is the origin of the term “Leatherneck”.

A-Nickname given to Marines because they wore leather collars from 1775-1875.

104.What is the origin of the Mameluke sword.

A-Given to Lieutenant O’Bannon for actions at Tripoli.

105.What is the significance of the scarlet trouser stripe.

A-Worn by all noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers, and officers for actions at Chapultepec.

106.What is the significance of the Marine NCO sword.

A-Marine NCOs are the only NCOs authorized to carry a sword.

107.What is the significance of the three elements of the Marine Corps emblem.

A-Eagle for Nation, Globe for worldwide service, Anchor for Naval traditions.

108.What is the meaning of the Marine Corps Motto “Semper Fidelis”.

A-Always Faithful.

109.Name the two Marines awarded two Marine Corps Medals of Honor.

A-Daly and Butler.

110.What was the year Marine aviation began.


111.Who was the thirteenth Commandant of the Marine Corps who guided the Corps toward the amphibious assault role, established the Marine Corps Institute, and organized Headquarters, Marine Corps.

A-John A. Lejeune.

112.What are the customs associated with the Marine Corps Birthday.

A-Troop formations, Marine Corps Ball, Lejeune’s Birthday Message.

113.What was the year women joined the United States Marine Corps.


114.What is the historical significance of the French fourragere.

A-Worn for accomplishments at Belleau Wood, Soissons and Blanc Mont.

115.What is the origin of the term “First to Fight”.

A-Recruiting poster slogan during WWI.

116.What is the origin of the term “Devil Dog”.

A-Nickname given to Marines by German Soldiers.

117.Where was the first amphibious landing, which applied the principals established by the 1938 Fleet Training Publication 167.


118.Where was the battle, which proved the need for more Landing Vehicles Tracked (LVTs).


119.Where was the battle, which was fought in order to provide a landing strip for strategic

A-Iwo Jima.

120.What is the name of the Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the battle of Guadalcanal and gave his life on Iwo Jima.

A-John Basilone

121.What is the significance of the phrase “Uncommon Valor was a common Virtue".

A-Stated by Chester Nimitz about Marines at Iwo Jima.

122.Where was the battle where the First Provisional Marine Brigade had to reinforce the U.S. Army’s 24th Division in South Korea.


123.Where was the amphibious landing, which was opposed by nearly all high-ranking officials in the Department of Defense.


124.Where was the battle in which General Smith stated, “We are not retreating, we are attacking in a different direction”.

A-Chosin Reservoir.

125.Who was the Marine awarded five Navy Crosses.

A-Col. Puller.

126.What were the three developments, which were the result of the fighting in Korea.

A-Flak jackets, thermal boots, Vertical Envelopment doctrine.

127.What was the year the office of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps was established.


128.Where was the battle in which Marines were held under a 77-day siege by the NVA.

A-Khe Sanh.

129.What was the significance of the TET offensive.

A-The North Vietnamese met with disaster while trying to capture South Vietnamese cities.

130.Where was the battle during the TET offensive in which Marines had to fight house-to-house and street-to-street.


131.Who was the Marine who was instrumental in the development of the Marine Scout Sniper Program.

A-Carlos Hathcock.

132.What was the operation in which the Marines evacuated American medical students from Grenada.

A-Urgent Fury.

133.What was the date the Marine Barracks was bombed killing 220 Marines in Beirut, Lebanon.

A-23 October 1983.

134.What was the operation in which Marines were sent to apprehend Manuel Noriega.

A-Just Cause.

135.Select the battle, which was the first ground engagement with Iraqi forces in the Persian Gulf.


136.Name the operation in which Marines were engaged in 27 firefights while conducting humanitarian operations in Somalia.

A-Restore Hope.

137.What are the means of protection used to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

A-Condoms, Monogamy, Abstinence.

138.Name the three forms of contraception.

-Condoms, diaphragms, spermicidal creams.

139.Identify the symptoms of pregnancy.

A-Fatigue, swollen breasts, vomiting.

140.What are the responsibilities associated with parenthood.

A-Balance demands of a service career, and family responsibilities.

141.What are the symptoms of immersion foot.

A-Pale bluish skin as the pulse decreases.

142.What are the procedures for treating a blister.

A-Leave blister alone and keep feet dry.

143.What are the methods for preventing a foot injury.

A-Keep feet clean and dry and wear properly fitting boots and socks.

144.What is the first action taken upon viewing a person lying motionless on the deck.

A-Ask the person if they are O.K.

145.What are the four-lifesaving steps.

A-Start the breathing, stop the bleeding, protect the wound, and treat for shock.

146.What are the procedures for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

A-Survey the scene. Open the airway using head tilt/chin lift method. Check for breathing. Pinch nose and give 2 breaths. Check for pulse. Give 12 breaths per minute.

147.What are the procedures for mouth-to-nose resuscitation.

A-Survey the scene. Open the airway using head tilt/chin lift method. Check for breathing. Give 2 breathes through the nose. Check for pulse. Give 12 breathes per minute.

148.What are the procedures for chest-pressure arm lift respiration.

A-Press the casualty’s hands directly down, lift arms vertically, stretch the arms backward, and replace the casualty’s hands on the chest.

149.Name the wound that can be treated with a field dressing only.

A-Sucking chest wound.

150.Name the wound that can be treated with a pressure dressing.


151.What are the procedures for treating a victim for shock.

A-Position the victim, elevate the victim’s feet, prevent overheating or chilling, calm the victim.

152.What are the procedures for treating a closed fracture.

A-Gather materials, pad splints, apply splint, and tie non-slip knots on inboard side of limb.

153.What are the procedures for treating an open head wound.

A-Place a field dressing over the wound without pushing the brain back into the skull. Put no unnecessary pressure on the wound.

154.What are the procedures for treating an abdominal wound.

A-Give the victim nothing to eat/drink, remove clothing to expose wound, apply field dressing, and tie tails with a non-slip knot to the side of the wound.

155.What are the symptoms of a heat stroke.

A-Hot dry skin. Experience headaches and confusion. Weak pulse and breathing.

156.What are the procedures for treating heat exhaustion.

A-Move the victim to a shady area. Have the victim lie down and elevate legs. Remove clothing. Pour water on victim. Have victim drink at least one canteen slowly.

157.What are the methods for preventing a heat injury.

A-Acclimatization, consume salt in daily diet and salt food to taste, and drink water frequently.

158.What is a symptom of hypothermia.

A-Slow shallow breath.

159.What is the procedure for treating frostbite.

A-Place hands under armpits.

160.What is the method(s) for preventing a cold injury.

A-Proper clothing.
161.What service uniform is the Marine wearing in this photo.

A-Service “A” Alpha.

162.What service uniform are these Marines wearing in this photo.

A-Dress Blue “B” Bravo.

163.What service uniform is this Marine wearing in this photo.

A-Service “C” Charley.

164.What service uniform are the Marines in this photo wearing.

A-Dress Blue “A” Alpha.

165.What service uniforms are the Marines in this photo wearing.

A-Service “C” Charlies and Dress Blue “C” Charley.

What you should take to boot camp
1. Recruiter info and packet
2. Picture I.D.
3. SSN card
4. A few small pictures
5. 1 sheet with addresses of contacts that you will send mail to
6. 1 booklet of stamps
7. Up to $10 but no more
8. High School Diploma (if not entered by recruiter)
9. Prescribed medication

NOTHING ELSE... period!
I recommend you wear nice trousers(nothing baggy or sagging), a belt, and a shirt that is tucked in. Also do NOT wear a Marine Corps shirt. You haven't earned it and the drill instructors wont be happy.

Originally posted on by Eric Hay aka EHAY20.

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