Marine Crucible

The Marine Crucible is the final test a Marine recruit will go through in the final stage of boot camp, phase 3. Everything that a recruit has been taught will be required to complete the Crucible. It is impossible for a single recruit to complete it alone, emphasizing team work and unity. It is 54 hours of extensive marching (48 miles) with simulated combat testing. Recruits are deprived of food and sleep wearing recruits thin and forcing them to focus and rely on their teammates and their training. During the entire Crucible, recruits are only given about three MRE’s (Meals Ready To Eat) and a total of four to eight hours of sleep. The soon-to-be Marines go through a series of challenges that test them mentally, physically and even morally. Challenge events are often named after Medal of Honor recipients from the Marine Corps.

What does the Marine Crucible include?

The Crucible includes a series of obstacle courses, day and night assault courses, land navigation courses, individual rushes up steep hills, martial arts, and a lot of marching. Many of the tests are made more difficult with added obstacles like the requirement to carry a “wounded” Marine.

Completing the Crucible

Finishing the Crucible is an emotional time for most recruits. The pride of having accomplished not only the Crucible but Marine Corps boot camp training is one of the proudest moments of most Marine’s lives. Upon completion of the Crucible, recruits are treated to the “Warrior’s Breakfast” where they are allowed to eat as much as they like, the first time since entering boot camp that they had that freedom. The Warrior’s Breakfast is followed by the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony where they are called Marines for the first time.

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3 Responses to Marine Crucible

  1. Rosemary Blanchard says:

    I am so proud of my son , he will be graduating on February 1, 2013 from Parris Island S.C. All of his family and friends will miss him over the holidays ,but we all know this is what he wanted and we are proud.

  2. Paquita Varady says:

    My son (recruit) goes into the Crucible on Thursday 12/12/12 or 2/13/12 and I’m told come out a Marine is that correct? Then graduates on 12/21/12 and I cant wait. Congrats to all the new Marines that graduated on 12/14/12 I’m sure your wife or parents are so so proud of you all as I am also. My prayers go out to all the recruit’s that are going into the crucible, God Bless you all.
    Paquita

  3. Romelle Samantha Smith says:

    I am so proud of my grandson who will officially graduate Nov 8th in San Diego, CA. This will be a most spectacular event.
    To realize that this young man accomplished his dream of becoming a Marine makes my heart sing. How brave he is and how dedicated to his country.

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