MCRD San Diego

I’m back with your much anticipated updates for week seven!

Training Week Seven Intel

Week seven marks the beginning of two important milestones in boot camp. First, it is the start of Phase III, which means that your recruit only has two more phases to go until graduation. Next, it also marks the start of Grass Week. 🌱

Grass Week 🌱 starts when all of the recruits depart for the Weapons and Field Training Battalion, where they will spend the next four weeks training. Don’t worry – the address to which you send Letters won’t change! Be sure to send your recruit a Letter early this week so they have something from you to boost their morale as soon as they’re back to their normal routine.

During grass week, the recruits will learn about weapons safety, including the four safety principles that come when operating a rifle. These principles include:

  1. Treat every weapon as if it were loaded
  2. Keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire
  3. Never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot
  4. Keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire

Your recruit will also learn about the four shooting positions – standing, kneeling, sitting, and prone – that will transform them into an excellent marksman. They’ll spend several hours per day learning about the fundamentals that make a great marksman, including how to fire, adjust their sights, and take wind, weather and other conditions into account before firing. They’ll also practice their breathing and trigger control, and will learn how to zero their rifles over the course of several hours in the field. These skills are what truly separates the Marines from any other organization or branch in the military, and is what makes them so deadly and feared by our enemies.

At the end of the week, your recruit and their platoon will go on an 8k hike with their packs. Throughout training, your recruit will spend a lot of time in the field hiking, also known as a “hump” with their rucksack. Hiking though, while a pain, is a necessary pain as well as an art and a skill like anything else — like shooting, navigation, etc. it requires constant practice and repetition. By the end of training, your recruit will have had lots of practice.

Make sure you have a letter 💌 lined up for your recruit so they have something from a loved one to read when they’re able to receive mail again.

If you need a topic idea 💡, just ask them all about their time out in the field for grass week 🌱. They’ll be putting their new knowledge to the test next week during firing week.

I’ll be back before you know it to kick off week eight’s updates. Stay tuned!

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