Per MCO 3574.2K, Basic Combat Rifle Marksmanship (BCRM) or more commonly known as Table II, is the first step in transitioning a Marine from fundamental marksmanship to becoming a proficient combat marksman. Marines will be evaluated on their mastery of BCRM skills at the completion of Table II training.
Table II combined with Table I (the rifle range) produces the Rifle Qual score. I noticed that recruits seemed as if they enjoyed Table II more than Table I. Although I can’t put an exact reason of why, I can point out what might make them feel this way.
During Table II, the recruits wear their kevlar, flak jacket and use a 3-point sling while shooting. Even the simplest of changes can trigger that combat mindset for recruits. Mix that in with moving targets, and you have just created a combat environment.
Combat environments can become very exciting and produce a high adrenalin rush. That’s just a lucky guess, but it’s based on a bit of experience.
There was once a day when a GPS and cell phones didn’t exist. After Field Week, your recruit should know how to use a map and compass to find their way to any point. Impressed? Don’t be. It’s not as hard as it sounds (at least for us Marines, and probably your recruit too) and it is a very valuable tool. One thing you can be impressed about is them doing it in the dark.
Land navigation doesn’t click right away with every recruit, so they are divided up into teams and sent on their way to learn everything they can about the subject and from each other. It also gives them a brief few hours to not be around the DIs the entire time.
I, for one enjoyed watching your recruits and the drill instructors during land navigation. They had a few surprises waiting for them they probably didn’t expect. I followed a few of them around and just listened to them trying to work together to find the next point. They did fairly well and most had good things to say. Their spirits were definitely high. Maybe it’s because the pressure of the rifle range has finally surpassed them.
Copeland’s Assault course
Well, what can I say? I took so many photos at this event, you should have all felt like you were there yourself. I am sure the recruits felt the pain and frustration this course can inflict, but after it’s over, it’s not that bad. Many even wanted to do it again.
The recruits must have inhaled so much dirt that day they were probably blowing mud out of their nose for a week. Low crawling will do that to you, but if the situation arises, you can be sure they know how to do it, and do it well.
Now let me say this, I cannot figure out for the life of me why a recruit would take a class on how to take cover (to position yourself behind something to refrain from getting shot) and then do buddy team rushes and stop in an empty area of grass and get in the prone. The point is to protect yourself, not give yourself away. Even I was going up to correct them. No worries though, they WILL get it eventually (before they ever go into combat that’s for sure).
They may have left that course with a few bumps and bruises if they weren’t careful during their movements, not to mention extremely dirty. However, I can pretty much be certain your recruit would rather do that than sit in classes, and if he wouldn’t let’s just hope he’s admin.
Night Obstacle Course
When I first came into boot camp I really couldn’t see myself wanting to deploy. After going through boot camp and Marine Combat Training, I was aggravated I picked a desk job because all I wanted to do was deploy. I, for one, thoroughly enjoy going to the field and leaving the “garrison” side of the Marine Corps behind me.
When I say garrison, I am talking about uniform inspections, random formations at any given time and the average work day. It is the combat atmosphere that many Marines miss the most.
Well, a combat atmosphere is exactly what they got when they participated in the night obstacle course.
The smell of smoke surrounded them as flares illuminated the sky. Moving when the “lights” were on was a big mistake most of them tend to make no matter how many times the DI had to scream at them to stop moving.
The most challenging part was getting your eyes accustomed to the changing light and then being able to see when it was time to move again. The entire company performed this course together.
Now, I have heard so many of you are having a hard time this week. Maybe it’s because you are in that final home stretch and the days seem to be going much slower. Maybe it is because you haven’t gotten a letter in 3 weeks, or maybe it’s because your recruit got dropeed and won’t graduate on Nov.18.
Whatever the case might be, it’s time to pick your head up. Can’t you see that your attitudes compared to your recruits have flip-flopped? They were most likely feeling like you are now when they first arrived, but now they are confident and excited to be here. Their attitudes are in great places and they are finally enjoying their surroundings and looking forward to what awaits them after graduation. They are not pouting. So neither should you. Be happy knowing they are in a healthy state of mind, and know that these next couple of weeks will be over before you know it.
Here is a little secret: When your recruits leave boot camp. They won’t know what to do with themselves. They will probably be looking around for someone to tell them what to do and when to do it. You might even have to tell them when to use the bathroom. I am not saying take advantage of this, BUT, if something needs fixing or the grass needs to be cut… by all means…
Oh and P.S. – I talked to a few of the recruits the other day about second phase. They loved every second of it. Well, almost every second 😉
Many people have asked me what the symbols sewn onto the recruits kevlars mean. Each symbol represents a fire team position and each different position comes with its own responsibilities. Look them up and educate yourself on them, as they will most likely come up during the crucible.
Recruits were getting their uniform issue the last couple of days. This consists of 5 seperate uniform categories, and of those, some have subcategories. It’s a lot to remember at first, but they will learn them all as time goes by. Look up the Marine Corps Order for uniforms, check them out for yourself and the explore the significant meanings of certain items that appear on the uniforms, such as the blood stripe.
If you intend on joining other family and friends for the meet and greet, here is what you need to know:
Who: Family and friends of Golf Company Recruits
What: a Meet and Greet with Golf Company Drill Instructors and Command
When: November 16, 2011 at 6 p.m.
Where: Coyote Cafe
RSVP: Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Oct. 28, 2011
[Editors Note: Opinions expressed are not to be considered an official expression of the DoD, DoN, or the USMC.]