How to Do Pull-Ups USMC-Style

In boot camp, all male Marine recruits are required to do pull-ups. Women have to do flexed-arm hangs, which are just as important and can be an extra pain because they don’t get a moment to rest and mentally readjust (not to mention that if a woman is honestly holding it as long as possible, her muscles will start to shake and some people get embarrassed…but it’s what should actually happen). This article, however, focuses on just pull ups because the technique is different.

How To Do Marine Corps Pull Ups

The correct way to start your pull-ups is to mount the bar with your hands facing toward you or away from you. You may do one or the other, but both hands must face the same direction. Your legs do not have to stay straight; they may be held straight or bent as long as they are not raised above your waist.

In boot camp, recruits must lift their chin ABOVE the bar and then fully extend their arms again. Kicking to gain momentum is not permitted. Recruits are required to come to a full pause in the down position to prevent any momentum movements to help boost the recruit up.

How Many Pull Ups Do Marines Have to Do?

Each pull-up on the PFT is worth 5 points, and is scored up to a max of 100 points (20 pull-ups). The minimum required number of pulls ups for male recruits is 3 pull-ups.

My Rifle Creed

Marine Corps recruits are taught the Rifleman’s Creed in boot camp. It’s that famous creed seen in the movie Full Metal Jacket that starts with, “This is my rifle, there are many like it but this one is mine…”. It was also in the film more recent film Jarhead. While recruits are taught the creed, they are not required to learn it complete boot camp.

The History of The Creed of a United States Marine

It’s not known exactly when the Rifleman’s Creed was written. It is most likely from around late 1941 or early 1942. The Rifle Creed was written by Major General William H. Rupertus after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

This is my rifle…

There are many like it, but this one is mine.

My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will…

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit…

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

Full Metal Jacket USMC Rifleman’s Creed Video

Watch a clip of the film “Full Metal Jacket” to see recruits recite the Creed of the United States Marine (aka, the Rifleman’s Creed).

Marines The Crucible

For 54 straight hours, recruits’ endurance, teamwork and skills will be pushed to the limit. Through perseverance and courage, they will finish as platoons and earn the title Marine.

For USMC recruits, the final and ultimate test of boot camp is The Crucible.

During The Crucible, recruits must:

Overcome Obstacles as a team
Perform lengthy day and night marches
Night infiltration movement
Complete combat resupply and casualty evacuation scenarios
Team combat field firing
Leadership tests
Core values training
Perform with very little sleep and food

FAQ About The Crucible

Q. What is the army equivalent of the Crucible?

What the Marines call “the Crucible”, the army calls “Victory Forge”.

Q. How hard is the Crucible in boot camp?

Hard. It’s definitely a challenge, the hardest physical and mental challenge that most recruits have ever faced, however, it comes after weeks of boot camp training. Recruits have been trained to handle anything that comes their way during the Crucible. The hardest two parts for many recruits are the lack of sleep and completing the obstacles as a team. It’s not as hard as special forces courses, but it is often considered the hardest of the military branches basic training programs.

Q. What happens if I fail the Crucible?

Failing the Crucible is an unlikely event. If you’ve managed to make it all the way through boot camp training, you’ll be able to pass the Crucible. It is a challenge, but recruits are physically fit by that point in training and it does not require skills that have not already been stressed throughout boot camp. However, if a recruit were to “fail” the Crucible, they would be recycled back into the company graduating after them and they would have a chance to try it again.

RS Portland OR Marine Corps Recruit Station

RS Portland is a USMC Recruiting Station. Recruit Station Portland is part of the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District covering large areas in the Northwest region. Like every other district, it is under the command of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC).

Recruit Station Portland OR covers much of Oregon, Alaska and Washington states. It’s headquarters are located in Portland Oregon. If you are interested in joining the Marine Corps, talk to a recruiter from the location below that is nearest to where you live.

RS Portland’s Oregon MEPS Address

7545 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1367
General Phone Number: (503) 528-1630
Fax: (503) 528-1640
(503) 282-4488

RS Portland’s Anchorage Alaska MEPS Address

1717 “C” Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
General Phone Number: (907) 274-9142
Fax: (907) 274-7268
(907) 279-7738

RS Portland Headquarters

1220 SW 3rd Ave # 519
Portland, OR 97204-2813
(503) 326-3016

Recruit Substations of RS Portland


2943 Santiam Hwy SE # D
Albany, OR 97322-5278
(541) 967-1822


800 E Dimond Blvd # 3-231A
Anchorage AK 99515
(907) 271-6473


2801 Southwest Jenkins Road
Beaverton, OR 97005-5609
(503) 644-5000


100 NE Bend River Mall Dr #108
Bend, OR 97701-7560
(541) 389-6893


4000 SE 82nd Ave # 1250
Portland, OR 97266-2950
(503) 252-8100


1011 Valley River Way # 110B
Eugene, OR 97401-2127
(541) 343-9955


25643 Southeast Stark Street
Troutdale, OR 97060-3305
(503) 667-1126


1251 E Mcandrews Rd Ste 116
Medford, OR 97504


17185 SE Mcloughlin Blvd # E
Portland, OR 97267-4900
(503) 653-9012


250 NE Garden Valley Blvd # 14
Roseburg, OR 97470-2036
(541) 673-8384


3060 Lancaster Drive Northeast
Salem, OR 97305-1396
(503) 370-6163


8109 Northeast Vancouver Mall Drive
Vancouver, WA 98662-6786
(360) 254-1040

Enlisted Marine Corps MOS | Personnel, Intelligence, Infantry

When enlisting in the Marine Corps, you will have the opportunity to apply for your choice of an MOS, which stands for Military Occupation Specialty. You may not get the MOS you choose and you may not be eligible for a few of them, but the Corps does generally speaking attempt to get you into the MOS that you want to be in. During their military careers, many Marines have more than one MOS. MOS’s are identified by a four digit code. The first two digits designate a specific occupation field (OccFlds) and the last two digits identify specific jobs.

01 Personnel & Administration

The personnel & administration Marine Occupational Field involves administrative and clerical duties. This includes postal service. To qualify, you must be qualified in basic clerical skills including typing and communications. Often, these jobs involve record keeping and filing jobs management. Recruits entering this field will receive basic administration Marine training before going on to a more specialized billet.

0100 Basic Administrative Marine: GySgt – Pvt

0121 Personnel Clerks: Sgt-Pvt

Job Description: Personnel clerks are responsible for personnel and general administrative duties. This job includes using information systems to prepare and maintain documents and records and audit pay and personnel information.

Job Requirements: GT Score of at least 100, completion of Personnel Clerk Course or demonstration of satisfactory performance on VIOJT, must be able to type minimum of 25wpm.

0111 Administrative Specialist

Pvt to MGySgt (Private to Master Gunnery Sergeant)

In June 2010, MOS 0121, 0151 AND 0193 merged into the new MOS 0111. MOS 0121 was the “Personnel Clerk”. MOS 0151 was the “Administrative Clerk” and MOS 0193 was the “Personnel/Administrative Chief.”

MOS 0149 – Substance Abuse Control Specialist: MGySgt – SSgt

Master Gunnery Sergeant to Staff Sergeant

In the USMC, MOS 0149 are the substance abuse control specialists. They run substance abuse education & prevention programs, perform urinalysis screening and other substance abuse related matters.

MOS 0149 Requirements: You should have 6 months experience in a full-time or additional duty substance abuse prevention billet. You’ll need to complete the Unit Substance Abuse Program Management Course.

MOS 0160 – Postal Officer: CWO-WO

Chief Warrant Officer – Warrant Officer

Postal officers manage the postal operations at various installations and commands. They make sure that the Official Mail Cost Control Program (OMCCP) works. One of the responsibilities is to represent the commanding officer to the other services, tenant activities, the DOD, and the US Postal Service.

MOS 0160 Requirements: Must have security clearance, experience as a postal clerk (MOS 0161) and have a clean record. You must complete the Postal Operation and Supervisors courses at Fort Jackson, SC.

MOS 0170 – Personnel Officer: CWO5-WO

Chief Warrant Officer 5 – Warrant Officer

Personnel Officers supervise and manage an admin office’s personnel matters functioning as a supervisor, Coordinator and administrator of manpower, personnel and pay info. Personnel Officers are responsible for being knowledgeable on the specific job duties of MOS’s 0121, 0151, 0171 and 0193. If you Choose this MOS, you will advise on matters related to personal affairs, benefits and privileges.

MOS 0170 Requirements: Must Complete the Advanced Personnel Administration Course (APAC) Conducted at Camp Lejeune, NC -OR- have 3 years of experience in a personnel admin center with the rank of sergeant or higher.

MOS 0171 – Manpower Information Systems (MIS) Analyst

Master Gunnery Sergeant to Corporal | MGySgt – Cpl

Manpower information system analysts manage a region’s fielded Manpower Information Systems. Marines in MOS 0171 performs management for the Marines Corps Total Force System (MCTFS). They help manage records and reports within the MCTFS, the Diary/Marine Integrated Personnel System (UD/MIPS), the On-line Diary System (OLDS), SABRS Manpower Analytical Retrieval Tool System (SMARTS), and other automated manpower information systems.

The MCTFS manages personnel and pay data.

Requirements for MOS 0171: You must a year of OJT in a Manpower Information System Support Office (MISSO) with approval of the officer in Charge of the MISSO and CMC (MIO).

Visit MISSA/MISSO online.

MOS 0180 – Adjutant: LtCol to 2ndLt

Lieutenant Colonel to 2nd Lieutenant

A USMC adjutant Coordinates administrative matters of internal staff sections and external agencies at the staff level. They supervise policies, receive and route correspondence, handle and protect Classified materials, prepare responses for special Correspondence and additional responsibilities. Marine adjutant’s are often responsible for Casualty reporting, awards and decorations, fitness reports, legal matters and postal responsibilities.

MOS 0180 Requirements: Must Complete the Adjutant Course at Camp Lejeune, NC.

03 Infantry

0300 Basic Infantryman – SGT-PVT

0311 Rifleman – SGT-PVT

0312 Riverine Assault Craft Crewman

0313 LAV Crewman – SGT-PVT

0314 Rigid Raiding Craft (RRC) Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) Coxswain (FMOS)

0316 Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Craft Coxswain (NMOS)

0317 Scout Sniper – GYSGT-LCPL1 [formerly 8541]

0321 Reconnaissance Man – MGYSGT-PVT

0323 Reconnaissance Man, Parachute Qualified (NMOS) [formerly 8652]

0324 Reconnaissance Man, Combatant Diver Qualified (NMOS) [formerly 8653]

0326 Reconnaissance Man, Parachute and Combatant Diver Qualified (NMOS) [formerly 8654]

0331 Machine Gunner – SGT-PVT

0341 Mortarman – SGT-PVT

0351 Infantry Assaultman – SGT-PVT

0352 Anti-tank Missileman – SGT-PVT

0369 Infantry Unit Leader – MGYSGT-SSGT

Rank Structure

What Is the Marines Rank Structure?

Marines have three different rank structures: Enlisted, Warrant Officer and Officer ranks. Officers have the highest ranks, followed by the Warrant Officers and then the Enlisted Marines. The lowest ranked officer outranks the highest ranked Warrant Officer. The same situation applies the lowest ranked WO to the highest rank enlisted.

Enlisted Ranks

E-1 —- Private (Pvt)
E-2 —- Private First Class (PFC)
E-3 —- Lance Corporal (LCpl)
E-4 —- Corporal (Cpl)
E-5 —- Sergeant (Sgt)
E-6 —- Staff Sergeant (SSgt)
E-7 —- Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt)
E-8 —- Master Sergeant (MSgt)
E-8 —- First Sergeant (1stSgt)
E-9 —- Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt)
E-9 —- Sergeant Major (SgtMaj)
E-9 —- Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Warrant Officer Rank Structure

W-1 —- Warrant Officer W-1 (WO-1)
W-2 —- Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO-2)
W-3 —- Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO-3)
W-4 —- Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO-4)
W-5 —- Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO-5)

Officer Rank Structure

O-1 —- Second Lieutenant (2ndLt)
O-2 —- First Lieutenant (1stLt)
O-3 —- Captain (Capt)
O-4 —- Major (Maj)
O-5 —- Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol)
O-6 —- Colonel (Col)
O-7 —- Brigadier General (BGen)
O-8 —- Major General (MajGen)
O-9 —- Lieutenant General (LtGen)
O-10 —- General (Gen)

Gas Chamber Training Boot Camp Video

Within the first few weeks of boot camp, USMC recruits will learn how to rely on their gas masks and will go into a gas chamber. It’s not a particularly pleasant experience, but it is not deadly and teaches recruits how to avoid panic in the chance that they may have to serve in an environment with hazardous materials.

Watch Marine Recruits Train In The Gas Chamber At Boot Camp

Recruits and the Gas Chamber

About three weeks into boot camp, during Weapons and Field training, recruits will be trained on how to use a gas mask. As part of this training, recruits will be led to a gas chamber where they will have to take off their masks. It’s not a particularly pleasant thing to experience, but no permanent damage will occur.

It is preceded by classroom training, where recruits are instructed on how to use a gas mask and why it is important.

Q. What kind of gas is used in the Marine boot camp gas chamber?

A. The gas is called chlorobenzylidene malonitrile, CS gas for short. The gas is non-lethal, used by all military branches and police departments. It’s the gas that is commonly used to disperse riots, unruly gatherings, and so on.

Q. How long are recruits in the gas chamber without their masks on?

While it may seem a lot longer, the truth is that recruits are only in the gas chamber for a matter of minutes, usually 3-5.

Q. What happens inside of the gas chamber?

Recruits enter the gas chamber with their gas masks on. The door to the gas chamber will then be closed. It is a somewhat disconcerting feeling, but it is done for good reason and recruits all go in together at the same time. Recruits are then instructed to break the seal on their gas masks. Recruits will inevitably feel and inhale some of the gas and recruits eyes will start to water, some coughing usually happens. They will then be told to re-seal their masks again.

Then, recruits will be instructed to remove their masks more by putting them on top of their heads. This time recruits will start to feel the gas more as it reaches their lungs. Their eyes get very watery, coughing gets more intense and the gas can be felt on the skin…a mild burning sensation similar to a sunburn. Some recruits tend to start to panic at this stage as they feel that they are losing control. That is actually one of the points of this exercise, to help train recruits to regain control and rely on their training.

The recruits are directed to put their masks back on, regaining control again. Then, for a third time, recruits are instructed to remove their masks, this time entirely. They are told to hold their masks out in front of them. They are then told to leave the gas chamber with their arms spread out. Recruits typically come out with watery eyes, coughing…some recruits even throw up.

Q. What’s the purpose of the gas chamber in boot camp?

The goal is to get recruits to understand and have confidence in their gas masks. It’s to train them that the mask will protect them so that they will not have doubts about it when it’s actually being used in battle or on a mission. It teaches them that if they do inhale tear gas, they will not die from it. It teaches them to regain control if they start to panic.

Sacramento CA Marine Corps Recruit Station (RS)

RS Sacramento is one of several Marine Corps Recruiting Stations under the jurisdiction of the 12th Marine Corps Recruiting District. The 12th is one of 6 such districts covering the US, with each district falling under the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Recruit Station SAC covers much of California and some of Nevada, including Fresno, Modesto, Reno, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Roseville and additional areas. Its headquarters are in Sacramento California.

RS Sacramento Headquarters

3870 Rosin Ct # 110
Sacramento, CA 95834-1648
(916) 646-6980

Sacramento CA MEPS Address

3870 Rosin Court Suite 105
Sacramento, CA 95834-1648
(916) 646-4673

Recruit Substations of RS Sacramento


9245 Laguna Springs Drive
Elk Grove, CA 95758-7987
(916) 686-1332


8121 Madison Ave # H12
Fair Oaks, CA 95628-3757
(916) 965-3726


1438 West Ashlan Avenue
Fresno, CA 93705-1902
(559) 225-5322


2100 Standiford Ave # G3
Modesto, CA 95350-6528
(209) 524-1775


2650 Churn Creek Road
Redding, CA 96002-1165
(530) 221-6863


294 E Moana Lane Suite 15
Reno, NV 89502-4634
(775) 829-8911


1725 Santa Clara Dr # 165
Roseville, CA 95661-2920
(916) 783-3886
(530) 783-1192


7000 Franklin Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95823-1820
(916) 429-9381


4555 N Pershing Ave # 26
Stockton, CA 95207-6743
(209) 951-4771

Officer Selection Office OSO SACRAMENTO

3870 Rosin Court, Suite 110
Sacramento, Ca 95834
(916) 646-3788

USMC Recruiting Districts Map

If you want to become a Marine, you should contact your local recruit substation (RSS). Every substation is under the jurisdiction of a Marine Recruit Station (RS), usually each RS will have around 10-15 RSS’s.Each RS is part of a Recruiting District. There are six districts across the nation. The Districts are part of The Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC), responsible for military recruitment of civilians into the USMC.

USMC Recruiting Districts Map

USMC Recruiting Districts Map

The MCRD has a few responsibilities. First and foremost, it has to find volunteers to join the Marines. It is responsible for getting those civilians ready for boot camp, Officer Candidates School, or the Naval Academy.

USMC Recruit Info for Boot Camp