Parris Island

Week 9 at Parris Island kicks off with a tough mix of survival skills, marksmanship, and teamwork, all part of Basic Warrior Training (BWT). Recruits get hands-on with navigating, camouflaging, and enduring in the field. They also refine their shooting, aiming at moving targets and mastering team-based combat drills. This is the time when they start gearing up for The Crucible, their final challenge. BWT is a key part of the week, making the training feel more real and pushing recruits to bond and work together. It’s a critical step in their journey to becoming Marines, testing their skills and building their resilience.

This crucial training not only builds essential skills but also fosters teamwork and resilience, preparing them for the challenges ahead. Let’s dive a little deeper:

Camouflage, Cover and Concealment

Recruits are taught the basics of how to apply camouflage as well as what objects can provide concealment and cover.

(U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Ryan Hageali)

Land Navigation

Geared up with Lensatic compasses and detailed maps, recruits embark on a journey to master the art of land navigation. Learning to decode the language of maps, they’ll distinguish natural landmarks from man-made features, plot their course with precision, and estimate distances with accuracy. 

This formidable foundation not only equips them with the ability to find their way but also lays the groundwork for lifelong learning in navigation skills, an essential asset throughout their Marine Corps career.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ezekieljay Correa)

Tour de Island

After conquering a series of challenging hikes, your recruit will culminate the week with a tough 12-kilometer journey. This final test of their endurance solidifies their readiness for the challenges they’ll face next week at “The Crucible.

Gear Up for the Crucible

Now’s a good time to send another Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) gift card. Your recruit will have the opportunity to visit the MCX next week before they begin, and this can help them stock up on any essential supplies they need before, and after “The Crucible”.

Next week—“The Crucible”. Enough said.

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