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Old 10-28-2008, 06:59 PM #1
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I wanna know more about the marines.

alright, im 15 years old, i have a LONG way to go before i make the decision to enlist, but lately ive been thinking about it. i have several questions that i would appreciate answers to.

-what kind of physical condition must i be in? (how many pushups/situps/mile time etc) whats the requirement?

-whats bootcamp like (i know i'll never really know until i experience it, if i do)

-whats the usual agenda for a day in bootcamp?

-what weapons will i probably be trained to use?

id appreciate any answers! thanks.

EDIT: i saw the user names of people to ask questions to, so ill delete this if i was supposed to just PM them.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:05 PM #2
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alright, im 15 years old, i have a LONG way to go before i make the decision to enlist, but lately ive been thinking about it. i have several questions that i would appreciate answers to.

-what kind of physical condition must i be in? (how many pushups/situps/mile time etc) whats the requirement?

-whats bootcamp like (i know i'll never really know until i experience it, if i do)

-whats the usual agenda for a day in bootcamp?

-what weapons will i probably be trained to use?

id appreciate any answers! thanks.

EDIT: i saw the user names of people to ask questions to, so ill delete this if i was supposed to just PM them.

Must be in damn good shape, boot sucks, wake up-get yelled at-do pushups-sleep repeat, depends on MOS.


good enough?
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:06 PM #3
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Must be in damn good shape, boot sucks, wake up-get yelled at-do pushups-sleep repeat, depends on MOS.


good enough?
elaborate?
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:11 PM #4
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Google 'marine PT test', and youll find the minimums. then again, if youre the grunt that shoots at 'meeting standard', youre career is going to suck.

Basic is never fun 100% of the time. I personally loved being in the woods, being a boyscout with a gun, and being outside. I liked the food sometimes, and there is a lot of potentially funny **** that can go on. Learning to shoot ruled.

Wake up, PT, eat chow, get yelled at because youre a ****stain, do training, eat more chow, do more training, get yelled at again, sleep. add random smokings in there, and thats basically a full day.



youll be trained for sure on the m16. the rest depends on MOS. pig, saw, mortar, everything else depends on what youll be doing.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:20 PM #5
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i understand people dont join the military for fun, but as you said im kind of the same way, being a boyscout with a gun is something that appeals to me lol. also, a friend of mine who served in somalia taught me how to shoot, clean, take apart, etc an ar-15. will that help me out at all when it comes time to learn about an m16, or not?
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:34 PM #6
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My brother said about his time at boot. "Do I regret enlisting? Absolutely not, knowing what I know now about boot would I enlist? Hell no.

He lost 50 pounds, and said it was the hardest thing he's ever done, physically, mentally, and emotionally. He was very mentally tough, and in very good shape before he went in.

Marines are tough, honestly I don't think I could do it. In three years if you enlist I wish you the best of luck and you along with every other solider will be in my prayers
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:47 PM #7
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i understand people dont join the military for fun, but as you said im kind of the same way, being a boyscout with a gun is something that appeals to me lol. also, a friend of mine who served in somalia taught me how to shoot, clean, take apart, etc an ar-15. will that help me out at all when it comes time to learn about an m16, or not?
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:00 PM #8
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you need to be in good physical condition. Time your self running 1.5 miles. Anywhere from 9 to 11 minutes is okay. Any higher than that and you should probably start working on your running.

You should obviously shoot for 20 or more pullups. But if you go to basic doing 12 or more will be at or a little above average.


There is no excuse for not performing 100 Marine Corps crunches.


Basic training blows no matter what anyone tells you. It is somthing you have to deal with and worrying about the inevitable is a waste of time. And, there is no way to really prepare for the mental aspect of it. You just adjust to it once you get there.

You will, at the least, learn the M-16, 249 SAW, 240 Gulf, the At-4, m203 grenade launcher, knife fighting techniques, and how to properly throw hand grenades. You will also learn about, but may not fire, the .50 cal and the M-19 grenade launcher.

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Old 10-28-2008, 08:24 PM #9
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M16 is easy to learn, they never gave us a formal class, just from cleaning it all the time.

You will definatly learn about and shoot the M16, SAW, M240, M203 (shoot trainer rounds), AT4 (shoot 9mm trainer rounds), and grenades (trainers and one live). And that's if you go admin. If you go 03 or a combat MOS it'll be more. Also there's MCMAP and if you get up in belts you can learn some sweet ****.

Boot Camp is pretty retarded but it is needed at the same time. Though I kind of wish they would let guys quit, it'd make the Marines better IMO.

Paranoid, MCT doesn't teach the .50 cal and Mk19 anymore, but ITB does, atleast for the 31's
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:30 PM #10
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M16 is easy to learn, they never gave us a formal class, just from cleaning it all the time.

You will definatly learn about and shoot the M16, SAW, M240, M203 (shoot trainer rounds), AT4 (shoot 9mm trainer rounds), and grenades (trainers and one live). And that's if you go admin. If you go 03 or a combat MOS it'll be more. Also there's MCMAP and if you get up in belts you can learn some sweet ****.

Boot Camp is pretty retarded but it is needed at the same time. Though I kind of wish they would let guys quit, it'd make the Marines better IMO.

Paranoid, MCT doesn't teach the .50 cal and Mk19 anymore, but ITB does, atleast for the 31's

when did they stop teachin those weapons systems? Last i heard MCT was extended and all those weapons systems were being taught mroe in-depth and also Marines were recieving more/better infantry tactics and MOUT training????
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Old 10-28-2008, 08:39 PM #11
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I went to the extended MCT this mid April-May. I was one of the first companies go train. We learned some infantry tactics and MOUT, real basic. But thats the point of MCT, basic ****. I don't know how it is now.
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Old 10-28-2008, 09:36 PM #12
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Psssh. USMC recruit training is easy.

If you want a challenge, go Air Force.
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Old 10-29-2008, 05:10 PM #13
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:09 PM #15
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I'm 17. I still am the youngest one at the recruiting center (youngest one who is normally there.) Trust me, you got a long way to go. Dont worry about it. Go back in two years.

In the meantime, if you are serious, do pull ups, run, and situps. Ive got 22 pullups, 20:21 3 mile time, and 105 situps in 2 minutes. I need to work on situps. But otherwise, i am in pretty good shape to go in considering that i have a lot of time to go. All of my stats will go WAY up as i get closer to joining. I am going to be an officer, though, so if you plan on ENLISTING, and not going through OCS, then you have less time then I.

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Boot Camp is easy .. I think SOI was harder that boot camp
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:25 PM #17
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bare minimums i believe are...ie if you can not do these they put you in the porkchop platoon...endless hours of PT, half rations if you are fat, double rations if you are scrawny and weak.


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Old 11-02-2008, 01:58 PM #18
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Almost, 28 minute 3 mile, 3 pullups, 55 situps.
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Old 11-02-2008, 03:01 PM #19
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actually, doin the bare minuims will make you a failure, you have to excell in one area.
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No, those are the minimums to pass a PFT. Now if you do that poor you either got injured completly and are getting strong again or you are a fat ****bag who doesn't care.

If you wan't to excell you need 100 crunches, 10-15 pullups shooting for 20+, and a decent run time.
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No, those are the minimums to pass a PFT. Now if you do that poor you either got injured completly and are getting strong again or you are a fat ****bag who doesn't care.

If you wan't to excell you need 100 crunches, 10-15 pullups shooting for 20+, and a decent run time.
If you do nothing but the minimum on all three events, technically you will pass all of them, but still fail the PFT because you haven't garnered enough points. I know a Marine who did this and is now on remedial PT.

Personally, I suck at running. My best time was 25 minutes. However I still do about 17 pullups (those last 3 are a *****) and get 100 crunches, so I still get a 1st class.
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