San Diego

Today marks the start of week five of boot camp. In the second phase of training, recruit’s will face challenges that require more commitment and endurance as the intensity of their training increases. During this time, they learn to rely on one another’s support and develop the confidence to overcome every obstacle in their path.

Training Week Five Intel

This week, your recruit will start team week to help around the base. They’ll pitch in with laundry, help with supply and will clean buildings throughout the base.

That’s not to say that they won’t have more physical exercises to go through in week five, as the recruits must be in top physical shape in order to perform their duties and responsibilities during combat. They’ll participate in log drill exercises in week five, in which they’ll do bicep curls, dips, and side bends with a log. Your recruit and their group will have to carry the log from one exercise to another, which helps to show what they can accomplish together as a team, rather than looking at success on an individual level.

Next, your recruit will have their first uniform fitting. These will be the uniforms that they will wear at graduation. The Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform is the only U.S. military uniform to include the colors red, white, and blue—the colors of the American flag. The history of this distinctive outfit dates back to the American Revolution. Today, Marines wear this uniform for many occasions, including ceremonies with foreign officials, visits with U.S. civil officials, and formal social functions attended in an official capacity. Wearing the mock uniform jacket will be a taste of what it feels like to be a Marine.

Before the week’s end, they will also have their first Combat Fitness Test (CFT), and go on a 5K hike with their packs.

They’ll also have a chance to visit the Marine Corps Exchange to get any supplies that they may need. They will also receive a fresh new hair cut. You can send them a gift card when sending a letter through Sandboxx.

In your letter this week ask your recruit about the confidence and skill set they gained throughout the Combat Fitness Test.

Last, did you know that you can include a MCX gift card 💳 in every Sandboxx letter 💌 that you send to MCRD San Diego?

That-that-that’s all for week five, folks. I’ll be back in a couple of days to tell you about week six.

Semper Fidelis,
Sgt. Maj. (ret.) Paul Davis