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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.