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
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.