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Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Third Batallion. Platoons 308, 309, and 310.
([1954])

[Marine Corps Recruit Depot],   pp. [4]-[96] ff. PDF (43.3 MB)


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Each year, thousands of new Learhernecks enter the Marine Corps.
These men received their first training at one of two places. Those
in the eastern part of United States go to the Marine Corps
Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina. Those who come
from the Middle West and West are sent to the Recruit Depot
at San Diego, California.
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At the Recruit Depot begins the training that creates the
phrase, 'Once a Marine, always a Marine." It is here, as the Corps
proudly claims, they select good men and mold them into better
men.
A primary mission of the U. S. Marine Corps is to provide the
Fleet Marine Force, a fighting air-ground team, for service with
the U. S. Fleet. Other missions include provision of ship's de-
tachments and security units, developmenr of tactics, technique
and equipment for amphibious operations and for expansion to
meet the needs of war.
To the recruit facing his initial 10 weeks of training, the most
important man is his drill instructor-a specially selected non-
commissioned officer, chosen for exceptional leadership ability
and military experience. It is through the DI, he begins his trans-
formation into a Marine.
The Marine recruit training cycle is chronologically divided
into five stages: processing, initial training at the Depot, rifle
range at Camp Matthews, mess duty and final training at the
main base.
Marines find that the three weeks spent at the rifle range at
Camp Matthews, 13 miles north of San Diego, is the most enjoy-
able portion of the training. Here they receive intensive instruc-
tion with the rifle and other infantry weapons. The Corps places
special emphasis on marksmanship with small arms.
After periods of "snapping in" and "dry runs," the recruits fire
for qualification with the M-1-a rifle they have cleaned, oiled,
stripped and assembled until they "know it like the back of your
hand." They also fire the automatic rifle, carbine and pistol and
watch demonstrations of such other weapons as the flame thrower,
the rifle grenade, rocket launcher or bazooka, the 60mm and
80mm mortar and the light and heavy machine guns.
The modern Marine Corps is a team which operates on land,
at sea, and in the air. It utilizes the modern developments of
training and equipment. But it retains the "esprit de corps" that
was tradition over a century before Gen. Pendleton envisioned
the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot.


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