Parris Island

Week 8 at Parris Island marks a pivotal point for recruits as they transition into team-based operations, emphasizing cohesion, adaptability, and leadership. This week’s advanced exercises and challenges are designed to solidify the core values of honor, courage, and commitment, reinforcing the bond of brotherhood among recruits. It’s a critical phase where the ethos of the Marine Corps takes deeper root, preparing them for the demanding trials that lie ahead.

The Next Stage of Marksmanship

Following the initial marksmanship training in Table 1, Table 2 Firing pushes Marine Corps recruits toward combat-ready proficiency. This stage throws them into simulated scenarios, testing their ability to apply learned skills under pressure. 

Recruits engage multiple and moving targets from all four shooting positions, often while wearing combat gear and adapting to different ranges and conditions. This demanding exercise hones their tactical skills, like rapid fire and combat reloads, further solidifying their confidence and marksmanship expertise. Successfully completing Table 2 Firing, along with other qualifications, signifies a critical milestone in their transformation into qualified riflemen, ready to serve their country with precision and courage.

Final Combat Fitness Test

Just like the initial CFT, this final test will count towards your recruit’s official score. Here’s a reminder of what to expect:

The Final CFT:

  • Push their limits: Similar to a sprint through the firefight, they’ll conquer an 880-yard timed run.
  • Test their power: An overhead ammunition lift will put their strength to the test.
  • Demonstrate agility: The 300-yard Maneuver Under Fire is an agility course featuring obstacles, crawls, throws, and casualty carries, mimicking the demands of combat scenarios.

This final CFT isn’t just about physical prowess. It also assesses speed, agility, and the ability to perform under pressure, all essential qualities for a Marine.

Next week we’ll cover Basic Warrior Training (BWT) that will teach recruits basic combat survival skills crucial for mission success in their future as a Marine.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Maj. Paul Davis
USMC, Retired