About the USMC Recruit Training Matrix

The recruit training matrix shows what your recruit is doing each day of boot camp.

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WEEK ONE

  • Academic Classes: Classroom instruction. Recruits are taught Marine Corps knowledge, customs and courtesies, among an abundance of information relating to the Marine Corps.
  • COD: Close Order Drill
  • Physical Training: Recruits take part in exercise, whether it be running, agility, push ups, and pull ups.
  • H/CUT - 1(F): 1st haircut- follow series
  • H/CUT - 1(L): 1st haircut- lead series
  • MCMAP: Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
  • Religious Services: Recruits are given time on Sundays to practice their religion. This gives them a chance to catch their breath and take a break from Drill Instructors.
  • Academics Practical App: Recruits put to practice what they learn in the classroom.
  • Core Values Discussion: Recruits are taught about the core values of the Marine Corps, honor, courage, and commitment.

WEEK TWO

  • Pugil Sticks I (L/F): 1st Pugil Sticks bout- lead and follow series
  • Direct Deposit: Recruits set up their direct deposit accounts and are taught about other financial options they may have.
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R1): Female recruits 1st dental recall
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R2): Female recruits 2nd dental recall
  • (M) Dental Recall (R1)-L: Male recruits 1st dental recall- lead series
  • (M) Dental Recall (R1)-F: Male recruits 2nd dental recall- follow series
  • H/CUT - 2(L/F): 2nd haircut- lead and follow series
  • MCX - 1(L/F): 1st Marine Corps Exchange visit- lead and follow series
  • 5k Hike: Recruits take part in their first hike of training which is 5 km in distance.
  • Confidence Crs1 (L/F): 1st attempt at the confidence course- lead and follow series
  • Obstacle Crs1(F/B): 1st attempt at the obstacle course- follow series
  • Initial Travel (Male): Male recruits make their initial travel plans at SATO.
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R3): Female recruits 3rd dental recall
  • Gas Chamber: Recruits train using their gas masks.
  • Rappel Tower: Recruits learn how to rappel.

WEEK THREE

  • Pugil Sticks II (L): 2nd pugil sticks bout- lead series
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R4): Female recruits 4th dental recall
  • H/CUT - 3(F): 3rd haircut- follow series
  • Obstacle Crs -1(L): 1st attempt at the obstacle course- lead series
  • MCMAP End (F/Fe): MCMAP Endurance- follow series and female recruits
  • (Fe) Dental Recall (R5): Female recruits 5th dental recall
  • H/CUT - 3(L): 3rd haircut- lead series
  • MCMAP End Crs1(L): MCMAP Endurance- lead series
  • Pugil Sticks II (F/Fe): 2nd pugil sticks bout- follow series and female recruits
  • (M) Dental (R2) L/F: Male recruits 2nd dental recall- lead and follow series
  • 8k Hike: Recruits take part in the second hike 8 km in distance
  • SerCom Inspection: Series Commander inspection.

WEEK FOUR

  • Initial Drill: First close order drill competition. Recruits are judged on what they have learned about drill so far.
  • Initial Travel (Fe): Female recruits make their initial travel plans.
  • MCX - 2(Fe): 2nd Marine Corps Exchange visit- female recruits
  • S.A.F.E. Swim Class: Recruits are given safety instructions before starting swim testing.
  • Water Survival: Recruits are taught different water survival methods.
  • MCX-2(M): 2nd Marine Corps Exchange visit- male recruits
  • Thrift Savings Plan, Blended Retirement Systems: Recruits are taught about the Thrift Savings Plan and blended retirement systems.
  • Inventory CFT: Recruits take part in a practice combat fitness test (CFT).
  • (M) Dental (R3) L/F: Male recruits 3rd dental recall- lead and follow series
  • MCMAP Testing: Recruits are tested on the MCMAP training they have learned.
  • Blood Drive: Recruits are given the option of taking part in a blood drive.

WEEK FIVE

  • Bayonet Assault Crs: Recruit take part in the bayonet assault course with their rifles and bayonets.
  • Dental Surgery (R4(L)): Male recruits 4th dental recall- surgery if required- lead series
  • H/CUT - 4: 4th haircut
  • PFI-1 (L+Fe): Pre-firing inspection- lead series and female recruits
  • Dental Surgery (R4(F)): Male recruits 4th dental recall- surgery if required- follow series
  • 0-2 Clothing: Recruits have an initial fitting for uniforms.
  • Indiv Photo (L): Individual dress blues photo- lead series
  • Innoculations-2: Recruits receive a round of shots at medical.
  • Dental Surgery (R5(L)): Male recruits 5th dental recall- surgery if required- lead series
  • Indiv Photo (F): Individual dress blues photo- follow series
  • Dental Surgery (R5(F)): Male recruits 5th dental recall- surgery if required- follow series
  • Written Exam: Recruits take a written exam testing the knowledge they have learned so far.
  • Indiv Photo (Fe): Individual dress blues photo- female recruits
  • PFI-1 (F): Pre-firing inspection- follow series
  • Dental Make-up: Recruits who have missed appointments will go to dental.
  • 10k Hike: Recruits take part in their 3rd hike 10 km in distance.

WEEK SIX

  • H/CUT - 5: 5th haircut
  • Final Drill: Recruits compete in the final drill competition, testing their close order drill skills.
  • Inventory PFT: Recruits take part in a practice physical fitness test (PFT).

WEEK SEVEN

  • H/CUT - 6: 6th haircut
  • Table 1 Re-qual: Recruits who did not qualify on Table 1 of the rifle range attempt to requalify.
  • 12k Hike: Recruits take part in the 4th hike 12 km in distance.
  • Museum Visit: Recruits visit the Marine Corps Museum on the depot.
  • Foreign Language Program: Recruits who speak multiple languages are informed of the Marine Corps Foreign Language Program.

WEEK EIGHT

  • Work Parties: Recruits help make targets for the range, pick up shell casings, etc.
  • BWT (Follow/Female): Basic Warrior Training- follow series and female recruits
  • Table 2 (Lead): Recruits take part in the second course of fire during firing week- lead series
  • 0-2 Uniform Delivery: Fitted uniforms are delivered.
  • BWT (Lead): Basic Warrior Training- lead series
  • Table2 Follow/Female: Recruits take part in the second course of fire during firing week- follow series and female recruits.
  • Combat End Crs: Combat Endurance Course

WEEK NINE

  • 0-3 Clothing (L/FeA): Recruits have final fittings for uniforms- lead series and female recruits group A
  • Tempo Run (F/FeB): Recruits take part in a tempo run- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • 0-3 Clothing (F/FeB): Recruits have final fittings for uniforms- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • Tempo Run (L/FeA): Recruits take part in a tempo run- lead series and female recruits group A.
  • H/CUT - 7(L): 7th haircut- lead series
  • Final CFT (F/FeB): Recruits take the final combat fitness test- follow series and female recruits group B.
  • Final Travel (L:) Recruits make final travel plans- lead series.
  • H/CUT - 7(F): 7th haircut- follow series
  • Final CFT (L/FeA): Recruits take the final combat fitness test- lead series and female recruits group A.
  • Final Travel (F/FeA): Recruits make their final travel plans- follow series- and female recruits group A.
  • MCX - 3(F): 3rd Marine Corps Exchange visi- follow series
  • Foreign Language Testing: Recruits who wish to take part in the foreign language program are tested.
  • Final Travel (FeB): Recruits make their final travel plans- female recruits group B.
  • MCX - 3 (L/Fe): 3rd Marine Corps Exchange- lead series and female recruits
  • Co Cmdr Inspection: Company Commander Inspection

WEEK TEN

  • Final Exam/ Prac App: Recruits take their final written exams and their practical application exams.
  • Final PFT: Recruits take part in their final physical fitness test.
  • H/CUT - 8 (L/F): 8th haircut- lead and follow series
  • Final Testing Retest: Recruits who failed the written and prac app exams attempt the tests again.
  • Emblem Ceremony: Recruits become Marines at the end of the Crucible and receive their Eagle, Globe, and Anchors.
  • Warrior Breakfast: Marines take part in a big breakfast where they are served a variety of foods.
  • Base Liberty 1: Marines are given a period of liberty on base.

WEEK ELEVEN

  • 0-3 Uniform Del: Marines are given their uniforms.
  • NFCU/FSNB Check: Marines are taught about different credit unions and banks.
  • H/CUT - 9: 9th haircut
  • Force fitness: Marines take part in a week's worth of fitness activities.
  • Dental (R6(L))(R6(Fe)): 6th dental recall- lead series and female recruits
  • Dental (R6(F))(R7(Fe)): Male Marines 6th dental recall- follow series. 7th dental recall for female Marines.
  • Gear De-Issue: Marines turn in their gear.
  • Personal Effects: Marines receive their personal effects that were turned in when boot camp started.
  • Travel Makeup: Marines who missed the chance to make their final travel plans will go to SATO.
  • Dental(R7(L/F))(R8(Fe)): Male Marines 7th dental recall- lead and follow series. 8th dental recall for female Marines.
  • MCCS Resources/ NMCRS/Red Cross Brief: Marines are briefed about Marine Corps Community Services/Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and Red Cross.
  • BN CO Inspection: Battalion Commander Inspection
  • Field Meet: All Marines get together for a series of physical fitness activities.
  • Base Liberty II: Marines receive a 2nd period of on base liberty.

WEEK TWELVE

  • H/CUT - 10: 10th haircut.
  • Weapons De-Issue: Marines return their weapons.
  • Orders/SRB/RLS: Marines are taught about their orders and service record books.
  • Pay Bills (Fe): Instruction on paying bills- female Marines.
  • Pay Bills (F): Instruction on paying bills- follow series.
  • Pay Bills (L): Instruction on paying bills- lead series.
  • MOT RUN: Motivational run
  • Family Day: Newly minted Marines see their families for the first time in 3 months.
  • Graduation Practice: Marines practice for graduation the next day.
  • Graduation: Marines graduate boot camp and begin their 10 day leave.

RECEIVING WEEK

  • Initial Strength Test: Recruits attempt a test similar to the physical fitness test (PFT) but with lower standards.
  • In House Procedures: Recruits begin all paperwork necessary at the beginning of boot camp.
  • Religious Services: Recruits are given the opportunity on Sunday to practice their religion. This gives them an opportunity to catch their breath and take a break from Drill Instructors.
  • S.U.L.D.: Squad Unit Leader Development Program

WEEK ONE

  • Intro to Core Values: Recruits are taught about the core values honor, courage, and commitment.
  • M16 Issue: Recruits are issued their weapons that they'll use throughout boot camp.
  • Sprints: Recruits take part in sprint exercises.
  • SAPR class: Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
  • Intro to MCMAP:
  • Recruits are introduced to the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program
  • Circuit Course/ Combat Care I: Recruits take part in the circuit course and are instructed on the basics of combat care.
  • Intro to O- Course: Recruits are introduced to the obstacle course.
  • Intro to CFT/Combat Care II: Recruits are introduced to the combat fitness test (CFT) and get their second lesson in combat care.

WEEK TWO

  • 4x400 Intervals/ Combat Care III: Recruits take part in an interval based fitness event and get a 3rd lesson in combat care.
  • Bayonet Techniques/Pugil Sticks I: Recruits learn bayonet techniques with their rifles and participate in their first pugil sticks bout.
  • Obstacle Course II: Recruits attempt the obstacle course for the 2nd time.
  • 2 Mile S&E Course/Platoon Run: Recruits conduct a strength and endurance course teaching them teamwork and they participate in a platoon run.

WEEK THREE

  • Confidence Course I: Recruits run through the confidence course to build the self-confidence of the recruits.
  • 2x400m Sprints and Circuit Course: Recruits conduct sprints and run through a series of circuits for conditioning.
  • Admin/ID Cards: Recruits receive their ID cards
  • Combat Conditioning: Recruits conduct conditioning for MCMAP
  • SDI Inspection: Recruits are inspected by their Senior Drill Instructors.
  • 2.5 mile S&E Ability Group Run: Recruits participate in a strength and endurance group run designed to improve teamwork.
  • Initial Drill: Recruits are judged on the close order drill techniques they have learned so far.

WEEK FOUR

  • Combat Water Survival: Recruits are taught water survival tips throughout swim week.
  • Confidence Course II: Recruits run the confidence course for the 2nd time.
  • Pugil Sticks II: Recruits participate in their 2nd pugil sticks bout.
  • Individual Photos: Individual dress blues photos.
  • PFT I: Recruits will run their initial physical fitness test.
  • Academic Review: Recruits review the knowledge they have learned so far.
  • O-Course III: Recruits run the obstacle course for the 3rd time.

WEEK FIVE

  • Log Drills: Recruits run a course while carrying a log on their shoulders. This is to promote teamwork among the recruits.
  • First Uniform Fitting: Recruits are fitted initially for their uniforms.
  • MCX-Haircuts: Recruits take their first visit to the Marine Corps Exchange and get haircuts.
  • Initial CFT: Recruits run their initial Combat Fitness Test.
  • 5k Hike: Recruits participate their first hike 5 km in distance.

WEEK SIX

  • PFT II: Recruits run their 2nd physical fitness test
  • BAC/Pugil Sticks III: Recruits run the bayonet assault course and participate in their 3rd pugil sticks bout.
  • Prac Written Exam I: Recruits take their first written exam, testing their knowledge.
  • Admin/Orders: Recruits learn how to read their orders.
  • Series Cmdr Inspection: Recruits are inspected by their Series Commander.
  • Uniform Issue: Recruits are issued their uniforms.
  • Final Drill/Move to WFTBN: Recruits conduct final drill, testing their skills in close order drill. Recruits move to Weapons and Field Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

WEEK SEVEN

  • RCO Issue: Recruits are issued Rifle Combat Optics prior to Grass Week.
  • 8k Hike: Recruits participate in a hike 8 km in distance.
  • MCMAP Remediation: Recruits struggling with MCMAP are given an opportunity to get extra instruction.

WEEK EIGHT

  • Qualification Day: Recruits qualify for Table I on the rifle range.

WEEK NINE

  • Final CFT: Recruits take their final Combat Fitness Test.

WEEK TEN

  • Prac Written Exam II: Recruits take their 2nd written test.
  • SATO ticket issue: Recruits make their travel plans for after graduation.
  • Confidence Chamber: Recruits train with their gas masks in the gas chamber.
  • 6k Night Hike: Recruits conduct a night hike 6 km in distance.
  • Copeland's Assault Course: Recruits conduct this course to help instill a combat mindset. Recruits conduct many different courses throughout the Crucible.
  • 15k Reaper Hike: Recruits conduct the 15 km up the mountain named the Reaper. Completing this hike marks the end of the Crucible.
  • Emblem Ceremony: Recruits become Marines and receive their Eagle, Globe, and Anchors.
  • Gear De-Issue: Marines return their issued gear.
  • Movement to MCRD: Marines return to MCRD San Diego from Camp Pendleton.

WEEK ELEVEN

  • Force Fitness: Marines conduct physical fitness activities throughout the week.
  • 2nd Uniform Fitting: Marines are fitted for their uniforms a 2nd time.
  • Blood Drive: Marines are given the opportunity to take part in a blood drive.
  • Museum Visit: Marines visit the Marine Corps Museum aboard MCRD.
  • MCMAP Test: Marines are tested on their MCMAP skills.
  • PFT III: Marines conduct their final physical fitness test.
  • Rappel/Fast Rope: Marines are trained on the rappel tower.
  • Company Cmdr's Base Depot Tour: Civilian groups take a base tour with the Company Commander.
  • Base Liberty: Marines are given a period of time for base liberty.

WEEK TWELVE

  • Grad Practice: Marines practice for graduation.
  • SOI/MCT Brief: Marines are briefed on what to expect when they arrive at the School of Infantry (SOI).
  • Liberty Brief: Marines are briefed on what they are allowed to do during Family Day, as well as the rules and regulations while on 10 day leave.
  • Warrior Preservation: Marines are given a lesson on preserving the history and traditions of the Marine Corps.
  • Bn Cmdr's Inspection: Marines are inspected by the Battalion Commander.
  • Weapons De-Issue: Marines return their weapons to the armory.
  • Moto Run: Marines take part in the motivational run.
  • Family Day: Marines see their family for the first time in 3 months.
  • Graduation: Marines graduate boot camp and begin 10 day leave.
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