The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training.
The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.
The obstacles they face include long marches, combat assault courses, the leadership reaction course, and the team-building warrior stations.
Each Warrior Station is named for a Marine hero whose actions epitomize the values the USMC wants recruits to adopt.
Bottom line -- The Crucible is a rite of passage that, through shared sacrifice, recruits will never forget. With that memory and their core values learned in recruit training, they can draw upon the experience to face any challenge in their path.
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January 14, 2015:
Recruits of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, navigate through the Weaver obstacle during the Crucible Confidence Course at Edson Range, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 6. Recruits must push through the fatigue to finish each obstacle.