L/CPL While Still in Boot?

I’d like to respond to the making of L/cpl. In boot camp. I went to MCRD San Diego in July of l969 also. I shot high series, and I got Pfc. You were promoted to L/cpl. while at the rifle range, when at the rifle range we weren’t even Marines yet. The rifle range was just phase 2, the half way point. After the range we were sorta promoted, we were allowed to blouse our utility’s. That was a big deal. I guess P.I. might have been tougher but did you ever stand outside after chow, and stare straight ahead and see the airport, a ride out. I don’t care if you were a holiday Marine or a P.I. graduate, we are and will always be Marines.
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  • Hammer

    I recall a prior Army service NCO coming out of boot camp as L /CPL. We called him grandpa during our time at PI.


  • Joseph P Carey, Corporal E-4, Honorable Discharge/ wounds, Awards: BSM/V, PHM/ Star, MCGCM, PUC/ star, VSM/ 4 stars

    I am sorry, but from what I remember of Boot Camp at PI (Plt 132, 1964) there were PFC’s promoted from the Platoon, but only on the last day of graduation, and I never saw, or heard of, a promotion of Lance Corporal in the second phase of training. Truthfully, I would have to ask how it was anyone could be promoted (Sort of, as is said) to Lance Corporal while in Boot Camp before receiving his EGA upon graduation, or even time in grade, while not being a Marine. No, I say there is a scam here…


  • Bulldogman

    Must have been 1 stripe with crossed lips!


  • dannygunsix

    NO LCPL out of boot camp! PFC to a chosen few who shot Expert with the M14 out at Edson Range. They never discussed who made what in boot camp anyway. Remember, time in grade determines when to be promoted, but not always. I made PFC in ITR. Most of us did. In Vietnam, eight months in country the Marines in my section finally received LCPL. 0811 was difficult to advance in because we need just one SGT for our section chief. I was ammo Corporal in name only. I counted ammo and fuzes amounts daily and a PFC at that.No big deal as someone needs to do this. We shot a lot of 105mm ammo and broke out fresh rounds on a daily basis. Some MOS groups promoted quickly, like Supply.Marines rotated and they need a Supply SGT. so that position always saw fast promotion in country.


  • joseph f colbert Sgt. USMC 1956 to 1966

    Boot camp MCRD San Diego, Dec. 56 to Mar. 57, Only one recruit was promoted to PFC, No L/Cpl rank at that time, No one made Cpl E3 out of our platoon. I made PFC after ITR


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