Week 5

Grass week

The recruits spent a significant amount of time at the circle this week. The circles, which aren’t much of a circle, are more like a semi-circle or half circle around an old rusty oilcan painted with mini targets.

Spending their time wisely, “snapping in” most of the week helped prepare them for the obstacles they are to face during firing week. Snapping in means to correctly achieve sight alignment through the front sight post (make sure everything is centered through their sights) and practice the other basic fundamentals such as breath control and dry fire (pretending like you are shooting). Basically, shooting a weapon accurately isn’t as easy as ready, aim, fire.

Snapping in wasn’t the only thing they accomplished this week. They also completed a 5k hike that was in preparation for a 5-mile hike. Those were completed fairly smoothly. Some of the recruits had trouble in the final stretch, but they motivated each other to keep moving. And yes, the DIs ran around like crazy, yelling. That’s what they are good for, among other things.

The scoop on Phase 2

So Phase 2 can be thought of as basic warriors training. They learn a lot of things that pertain to deployments and field operations. The first week being grass week, which was explained above, is probably the easiest of them all.

Firing week is probably the most stressful, with the least amount of intentional stress produced by the DIs. Many recruits psych themselves out because they are so worried about failing this portion of bootcamp. Valid reason in my book, I wouldn’t have wanted to fail at this point either because they know their DIs and they are comfortable (to a certain degree anyway).

Field week in my opinion is probably the hardest, but most exciting. It has an intense physical demand. They get to do day and night navigation and other obstacle courses that will aid them in combat scenarios when needed.

Sometime in between these days the attempt of a Combat Fitness Test takes place, but not for score. I like to think of this test as the brother to the Physical Fitness Test. They will have to pass both every year. The CFT consists of ammunition can lifts, a half mile run in their utility uniform (cammies for short) and the maneuver under fire course. The maneuver under fire course is somewhat of a complex task, combining high crawls, buddy drags, fire man carries and grenade throws.

Some clarity
Some jargon you may have heard from your recruits lately has kept you scratching your head. Well here is a list of things you may be wondering about.

Whisky pig – basically a gear locker recruit. They manage all the gear that is stored in a closet.

House Mouse – cleans the duty hut and ensures the DIs are taken care of.

Scribe – Writes down things and prepares the duty roster for the recruits.

Platoon – has four squads, each squad has a leader (called the squad leader, imagine that.) and a guide. Golf Company is made up of seven platoons. Golf Company is one company of four that make up Second Battalion (just to confuse you a little more).

Golden Platoon – I don’t know where this crap came from, but you can keep believing it if it makes you sleep better at night. The honor platoon is still up for grabs. (Sorry to burst your bubble 2156, but hang in there, it could still be you! P.S. – I love your competitiveness and enthusiasm)

The M16 is only one of many weapons your recruits will familiarize themselves with. After graduating, they will attend Marine Combat Training. During their time at MCT they will be tested and given the opportunity for practical application on several other systems.

A 13k hike awaits your recruits on Saturday, but I may visit them again before that!

[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 5

  1. Thank you again Sgt Frasier! I enjoyed this again and wanted to add that the added definitions of jargon is a welcome addition to the blog!

  2. This is week three if I am correct for Golf Co. Then they head back down to MCRD on Sunday don’t they? Or am I totally off in the fact that phase 2 is only 3 weeks long. Let me know please!

  3. Thanks for everything! I found my son in one pic. It is good to see him since I have not heard from him in awhile. I told him to concentrate on studying and becoming a Marine instead of writing me.

  4. I didnt even know you had this page another mom told me and thank you so much for posting all that you do , makes this momma sleep a bit better , i am a VET and come from a military family, so i know that he is n for hard work . Thanks again so much, for posting pictures of rct barthel 2154!!!!

  5. Thank you once again for sharing this with us. The hike video showed just how many young men there are there being trained – a BIG bunch for sure! I appreciate you more every week! Thanks for helping to educate us parents and family members somewhat!

  6. Went to dinner with some other Moms and Dads last night and we all said we dont know what we would have done with out all your wonderful videos, Pictures and comments on our sons becoming Marines.. I for one am truely grateful..thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work..Again THANK YOU! Patti Jennings

  7. My son is in PLT 1016. I have enjoyed reading about this platoon and watching the videos. It helps me through this time of adjustment. Thank you so much. Semper Fi

  8. Thank you so very much for all of the pictures and video that you have posted. I have seen my son several times and I know he is doing quite well. His letters tell me he is actually looking forward to parts of what all they have going on. Thank you again what you are doing is very much appreciated.

  9. Thank you Sgt. Fraiser! You may have answered this question already but whats does the white card on the front of some of the recruits helmets with a circle and an arrow pointing up indicate?

    • Good question Madalyn. The purpose of the photos isn’t for you to see your man, it is for you to see what’s happening.

  10. Are these pictures only of Golf Company or are there some of Charlie Co as well as I swear I see my son in some of these!

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