Posts tagged ‘Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego’

FRIDAY FOTO (October 21, 2022)


  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Corporal Tyler W. Abbott) Click on photo to enlarge image.

No, they’re not practicing the gentle art of Tai Chi. These Marine Corps recruits of the 1st Recruit Training Battalion, are executing a left break fall during the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) at the Marines’ Recruit Depot San Diego on October 3, 2022.

According to the Marines, MCMAP is “an integrated, weapons-based system that incorporates the full spectrum of the force continuum on the battlefield, and contributes to the mental, character and physical development of Marines.” We think that means Marines are trained to handle themselves from gun to thumb — and everything lethal in between.

“The mental, moral, and physical resiliency of the Marine Corps’ warfighters will be of utmost importance towinning battles in future conflicts,” according to the 54-page document from Marine Corps headquarters explaining MCMAP, which aims to strengthen the individual Marine’s resiliency “through realistic combative training, warrior ethos studies, and physical hardening.”

So, learning how to fall is important. When your 4GWAR editor visited an U.S. Army basic training base in the Midwest 10 years ago, we were shocked to see how many recruits were using crutches, or wearing casts or support boots as they limped behind the rest of their unit on the way to PT at 0-dark-30.

Notice the recruits in the photo above are all wearing mouth guards and knuckle protectors on their hands.  In these days of fewer recruits, military leaders don’t want to damage them before they begin their active service.

“While each of the services has been facing recruitment challenges ― which service leaders attribute among other things to the COVID-19 pandemic ― a low interest in military service and a declining eligible population, the Marine Corps managed to overcome its enlistment obstacles,” this year, according to Marine Corps Times.   The Corps met its recruitment goals for fiscal year 2022, making it one of the only branches to fully reach its target numbers this year, the paper added.

October 20, 2022 at 11:42 pm Leave a comment


The Marines are looking for a few good …

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sergeant Andrew Jones) Please click on the photo to enlarge the image.


U.S. Marines with Platoon 3241, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, stand in formation at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, on May 6, 2021.

This company of Marines was the first gender integrated company made at MCRD San Diego, previously female recruits were trained in female-only companies at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. The Marine Corps was the last U.S. armed service to cease training male and female recruits separately.

The Marine holding the red pennant is the guidon bearer, or guide. The Marine on the left in dress blues is the platoon honor graduate who will take possession the guidon near the end of the graduation and turn it over to one of the Lima Company drill instructors in a short ceremony before receiving her honor award from the battalion commander. One of the female drill instructors, sword in hand, is visible on the right.

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Updating this post to clarify that: While the Marine Corps has begun forming training companies with both all female and all male platoons, there are no gender-integrated platoons of recruits. This update also corrects that there are no male Marines in the photo of this graduating female platoon.

July 2, 2021 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (December 18, 2020)

Changing Times.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Corporal Grace J. Kindred)

One of three female sergeants graduating from the Marine Drill Instructor School dons her felt DI campaign hat during a ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, on December 16, 2020.

At that ceremony, Sergeant Stephanie Fahl, Sergeant Ikea Kaufman and Sergeant. Stephanie Jordi, made Marine Corps history by becoming the first females to graduate from a gender-integrated drill instructor course at the 100-year-old recruit depot at San Diego.

Marching to the center of the stage, they received the signature felt drill instructor hat and recited the drill instructor’s creed penned in 1956, according to the Orange County Register.

“These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of the Corps and country. I will demand of them and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standards of personal conduct, morality, and professional skill.”

In February, the three will again make history, the paper noted, by joining their male counterparts to train the first gender-integrated company of Marine recruits in the West Coast depot’s history. Traditionally, the San Diego recruit depot has trained only enlisted men from west of the Mississippi River. Male recruits from east of the Mississippi trained at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. But all women enlisting in the Corps have been shipped to Parris Island, no matter where they were from.

Beginning in 2019 the Corps started experimenting with gender-integrating boot camp companies at Parris Island, according to Marine Corps Times, In February the Corps will recreate those integrated companies in San Diego with roughly 60 women forming a platoon of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, that will train alongside the male recruits, first reported.

Congress has pressed the Marines to train men and women together after all combat arms jobs opened to women and a high-profile scandal highlighted the troubling way some male Marines treated their female colleagues, noted. The requirement to end the practice of separate training by gender was included in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which was signed into law last December.

During drill instructor school, selected Marine non-commissioned officers develop leadership skills, master drill, meet physical fitness requirements and learn how to make Marines.

December 17, 2020 at 11:59 pm Leave a comment

FRIDAY FOTO (January 1, 2016)

Old School.

Photo By Marine Corps Sgt. Tyler Viglione

Photo By Marine Corps Sergeant Tyler Viglione

We thought we’d start off the new year with a blast from the past — but wait — this photo was taken just two weeks ago. Apparently they’re still doing some things the old school way in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Here we see Marine Sergeant Preston T. Brown instructing a recruit to respond louder to a question at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California December 18, 2015.

Happy New Year, boot!  And a Happy & Healthy 2016 to everyone else, too, from 4GWAR.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Apologies to our regular readers in time zones east of America’s Eastern Time Zone, we got caught up in ringing in the new year last night and forgot to send the Friday Foto until we looked at the morning paper and remembered today  was Friday as well as January 1, 2016. Apparently the recruit in this photo isn’t the only one who needs to wake up. Happy New Year!

January 1, 2016 at 11:07 am Leave a comment


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