Training Matrix

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

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Training Weeks

Below is a summary of each training week, according to the Official MCRD Parris Island Website. San Diego's training weeks differ from this a bit, so be sure to get a San Diego training matrix from the EGA Shop.

For more detailed information about the training weeks, see the links in the navigation under "Matrix & Training Weeks".


Phase One

Receiving Week:

Recieving Week

Recruits arrive on Parris Island late at night and are immediately thrust into the stressful whirlwind of in-processing, haircuts, uniform and gear issue and medical evaluations. Recruits undergo an initial strength test to ensure they are prepared for training. At the end of the week, they meet the team of drill instructors who will be responsible for them for the rest of training.

Weeks 1-3:

Week1-3 Training

Recruits receive instruction on military history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, uniforms, leadership and core values. They begin to learn discipline through close-order drill and hand-to-hand combat skills through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which is made up of various martial arts styles.

Week 4:

Week4 Training

Swim Week. True to their name, Marines need to know how to survive in the water. Recruits learn to leap into deep water, tread water, use issued equipment to stay afloat and to shed heavy gear that could pull them under water.

Phase Two

Week 5:

Week5 Training

Recruits take their initial written test and compete in an initial drill competion against the other platoons of their company. They also learn to rappel and properly use a gas mask.

Week 6:

Week6 Training

Grass Week. Recruits hike to the rifle range and begin to learn the fundamentals of Marine Corps marksmanship. Recruits learn the proper firing positions and spend hours sitting in grass fields sighting in on practice targets.

Week 7:

Week7 Training

Firing Week. Recruits finally fire live rounds with their M16-A4 rifles. Recruits practice firing from different distances in the sitting, standing, kneeling and prone positions.

Week 8:

Week8 Training

Team Week. The recruits take a short break from nonstop training to help out around the island. Recruits do laundry, help in supply warehouses and clean buildings around the depot before beginning the final phase of training.

Phase Three

Week 9:

Week9 Training

Basic Warrior Training. They are taught basic skills of survival in combat, such as combat marksmanship skills, land navigation and how to manuever under enemy fire.

Week 10:

Week10 Training

The recruits undergo practical application evaluations. They complete a combat fitness test and face the challenges of the Confidence Course for the last time.

Week 11:

Week11 Training

Recruits face the final challenges they must overcome to earn the title of Marine. The week begins with a physical fitness test and a written exam before the final drill evaluation. The recruits then face the Crucible, a final 54-hour field event that tests the recruits on the knowledge, skills and values they have been taught throughout training. Those who complete the final challenge are awarded their Eagle, Globe and Anchors, symbolizing their transformation from recruits to Marines.

Week 12:

Week12 Training

The new Marines are inspected by their commanding officers. They complete final administrative tasks on the island before their graduation ceremony. The new Marines get 10 days of leave before reporting to the Camp Lejeune, N.C., for additional combat training, and then to various military occupational specialty schools across the country.

Photos and training week text taken from the Official MCRD Parris Island Website, October 2015. USMC photos.

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