Week 3


CCX – Succeed through sustainment

The Combat Conditioning Exercise is another demanding physical training event. Recruits will run through this course, practicing martial arts they have learned during MCMAP. Sustainment is key to Marine Corps martial arts. For most people, martial arts isn’t second nature (I probably couldn’t convince anyone that works at the dojo that though), so if you don’t use it, you lose it.

Although I feel that the CCX is beneficial as a whole, I do believe that the movements between stations are crucial to combat. Becoming proficient in the fireman’s carry (throwing a person over your shoulder like Forrest Gump did in Vietnam) and buddy drags (self explanatory) is crucial in combat. Having the strength to execute these simple skill can mean life or death in a combat situation.

I am not going to sugar coat this, the course was challenging for the recruits. However, I don’t think it’s because they couldn’t do it, I think they felt like they couldn’t do it. I think it was mentally challenging and they are beginning to push themselves to the limit.

SDI INSPECTION

This inspection is only one in many inspections they will receive while in training. They are tested on the retention of what they have learned over that last three weeks to include Marine Corps knowledge and rifle manual. The questions they ask are fairly easy, i.e. – Who’s the Commandant of the Marine Corps or Who’s the Regimental Sergeant Major (his name is Sgt. Maj. McCook by the way, and you can ask anyone they will tell you he is everywhere on the depot assuring the welfare of your recruits. He’s probably even reading this blog so you might want to tell him how much you want it to stay…)

Now with that being said, pretty easy right? Well not always. When someone who is 6’2, screaming in your face and about to snatch a rifle out of your hand, the answer may not come quickly enough or not at all for that matter.

Speed and Intensity is also tested here. Responding under pressure is another crucial characteristic in combat.

INITIAL DRILL

Well, all I can say is congratulations to Follow series (more specifically platoon 2155) for taking the trophy home anyway. BUT, I do want to take this chance to make a point:

Follow series has more platoons, which means they have a better chance of winning. Now, when I said this at the competition, the response I got was one I expected, “That just means Lead series needs to step it up.”

GET SOME

The answer to last weeks question is there are nine events that the recruits of Golf Company are graded on to win Honor Platoon.

The Dan Daly Award is given every cycle to the hardest working drill instructor. I think this award is significant because it is a symbol of the energy, time and patience they put toward your recruit. Until next time, you should familiarize yourself with Dan Daly as some may say he is the epitome of a Marine.

SCUTTLEBUTT

The video to this blog is on its way. The first series to this blog will come out in this weeks paper. Look for it here.

[Editors Note: Opinions expressed are not to be considered an official expression of the DoD, DoN, or the USMC.]

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Sgt. Frasier enlisted in the Marine Corps July 2005 from Florida at the age of 18. After completing boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, she proceeded to Marine Combat Training in North Carolina. In 2006, she attended the Personnel Administration Course aboard Camp Johnson, N.C. She was stationed at Camp Lejeune upon graduation of her military occupational specialty. After deploying to Iraq with 3/10 in 2008, Sgt. Frasier reenlisted with the option to lateral move into another occupation, combat correspondent. Sgt. Frasier has worked at The Globe, the base newspaper aboard Camp Lejeune; The Convoy, the group circular for 1st Marine Logistics Group and The Chevron, the base paper for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Sgt. Frasier served as the Community relations and Media noncommisioned officer in charge for the Public Affairs Office aboard the depot. Currently she is the Marketing and Public Affairs Director for Recruiting Station Chicago, 9th Marine Corps District. Her awards include the National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, Good Conduct Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.

24 thoughts on “Week 3

  1. Thank you Sgt Fraiser!! Yes please keep this blog going!!! Not only do I get to catch a glimpse of my son…it is very informative.

  2. Again, another supurb article from Sgt. Frasier. Please keep this blog going! Seeing my son tranform into a marine is priceless.
    Thank you!

  3. Again, another supurb article written by Sgt. Frasier. Please keep this blog! Being a part of seeing my son transform into a Marine is priceless. Much appreciated, and thank you!

  4. I would like to see this blog continue too. My son graduated from MCRD-SD with Charlie Co. in February, and is currently undergoing his MOS training. I sent him the first entry of the blog to see if it sounded like his experience, and he is enjoying reading it too.

    Thanks for the look into our Marines’ training!

  5. I agree with Will’s Mom — Thank you Sgt.!! I really look forward to this blog — Please keep it going!! The blog gives us a glimpse of what our Recruits are doing and a better understanding of how awesome the Marines are!! Love catching a glimpse of my son, too. Please keep the blog going!

  6. Finding a new entry in this blog is the next best thing to finding an letter in the mail from my son! Can’t tell you how much we’ve enjoyed reading the entries and seeing the videos … its made this challenging time so much easier for our family and helped us to understand more of what our son is going through and how we can be supportive. Thank you so much! Please keep it going!

  7. Our family can’t thank you enough for this blog and videos! Its quite a scene to see our recruits 5 siblings all huddled around our computer to see whats happening in his life. Eases the pain of missing him for all of us! Thank you! Please keep it going!
    Congratulations follow, we’re proud of you!

  8. To Sgt. Maj. McCook, I can’t begin to tell you how much this blog does for my family and I. It gives us insight as to what our only son is going through. My son is not in this company and is about 2 weeks but this blog helps us to know how to encourage him and what to pray for. Thank you for allowing this blog and please allow it to stay. God bless you and the entire staff of MCRD San Diego.

  9. Again, Sgt. Frasier has given us a glimpse of what it takes to become a Marine. The transformation is priceless. I can’t wait to show my Marine this blog after graduation. It will truly show him how far he has grown from stepping out as a young man off the bus at MCRD to a proud US Marine at graduation. Much thanks and appreciation!

  10. Please continue this blog! I look forward to every post! We read it together as a family and watch the vidoes to catch as glimpse of our son, brother. We love knowing what he is doing! We thank Sgt. Frasier for giving us the priceless gft.

  11. Thank you once again Sgt. Fraiser. You are giving so many families a glimpse into this amazing journey to what our young men have to go through to become one of the few the proud a Marine. Not only does this blog help us Golf parents but it is also helpful to the past, present and future young men and women. Thank you so much for your time you give to these Golf boys and families!

  12. Thank you, Sgt. Frasier. You have given the parents of the Golf Co. recruits an amazing gift with your blog, the videos and pictures, and it is very much appreciated.

  13. I enjoy this blog and feel very fortunate that Sgt Fraiser is doing this on Golf Co. It has helps me in so many ways to know and see what my son is going through and makes the miles seem a lot less. PLEASE keep it going ! Thank you again Sgt Fraiser..you are the best!

  14. Is it possible to see the results of the competitions? I hear some platoons come in 1st, 2nd…etc for things like Initial Drill, Swim, and so on… it would be nice if you could post what place each platoon gets in each thing. Letters don’t come everyday 😦

  15. This blog is has been a God send. Although I haven’t seen any pics of my son it is nice seeing glimpses of what his days are like. Keep up the good work! I just wanted to show my support for this blog and keeping loved ones in touch with their recruits. – Take care

  16. 6 Sons and this one is my 2nd to go into the Marine Corp., We couldn’t be prouder! Sgt Fraiser our family looks forward to the updates from your blog. It’s da best! Thanks so much! You could be helping to make the younger brothers Marines too! Keep up the great work! Hoorah! Go Golf PLT 2154!

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