San Diego

Welcome to week eight of boot camp updates! As we’re now well into the third phase of boot camp, we can really feel graduation getting closer and closer! Though graduation is just around the corner, recruits will continue to learn more knowledge, develop their skills and experience tests of perseverance.

Training Week Eight Intel

Your recruit will spend week eight, also referred to as firing week, putting everything they learned in grass week to the test. Rifle qualification is a graduation requirement. To start, they should be able to recite the four safety principles: treat every weapon as if it were loaded; keep your finger straight and off the trigger until you intend to fire; never point your weapon at anything you don’t intend to shoot; and keep your weapon on safe until you intend to fire.

They’ll shoot at targets 200, 300, and 500 yards away, from all four of the shooting positions that they learned in week six: sitting, standing, kneeling and prone. After training with their rifles for two and a half weeks, recruits will test for their Marine Corps rifle qualification. They will qualify as an expert, sharpshooter, or marksman. Expert being the highest level of achievement, while a marksman result means that your recruit met the minimum requirements to qualify.

Sandboxx Fact: The Marine Corps is the only branch of the military that requires recruits to shoot from distances as far as 500 yards. Their rigorous training is why Marines are so skilled with firearms.

To finish off the week, your recruit and their platoon will go on a 13K hike with their packs. You’ll notice that these hikes keep getting longer as boot camp draws to an end. They’ll also be doing some training to stay sharp in MCMAP skills.

In your letter 💌 to your recruit this week, ask them if they hit all of their marksman targets, both distance and positions, while they were out at the range, as well as what qualification they earned!

Talk to you again next week.

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