Re-prioritizing Recruit Training
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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The Marine Corps entry-level training is failing to meet the challenge of producing a basically trained Marine rifleman. The combination of mis-prioritized training objectives and the failure to define a basic Marine rifleman has lessened the impact that recruit training is having on the Marine Corps and its ability to influence the battlefield of the future. The Marine Corps needs to re-evaluate the process by which it trains recruits, and how its raw recruits become basic Marine riflemen. Over the course of 12 weeks, a recruit must learn to drill, fire a rifle, conduct basic field skills, comprehend Marine Corps history, conduct basic first aid, pass swim qualification, and earn a tan belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. With so much to learn in such a short period, certain subjects must be given priority. Training is prioritized by the Commanding General of the Recruit Depot and is further refined by the Recruit Training Regiment. However, an overemphasis on close order drill, failure to instruct values-based training at all levels, an inaccurate method of tracking measures of effectiveness, and physical fitness education have been mis-prioritized and this valuable training time misused. Recruits are rushed through the training pipeline, all while focusing on the wrong training objectives.
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