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Marines Add Fourth Phase to Recruit Training

Marines Add Fourth Phase to Recruit Training

Recruits arriving at Marine Corps Recruit Depots in late November will be the first to go through an additional period of training, which will be known as fourth phase, designed to better prepare them for success as Marines.

The Marine Corps has reorganized a portion of the current 13-week recruit training to afford drill instructors additional time to mentor and lead new Marines.  Among the slight modifications, recruits will tackle the Crucible, the demanding 54-hour challenge, a week earlier and then spend the final two weeks of training as ‘Marines’. The Crucible remains the culminating event for recruits as they earn the title ‘Marine.’“Making Marines is one of the most important things that we do,” said Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps. “Earning the title is, and will remain, difficult.  Our standards and requirements have not changed but as recruit training evolves we want to ensure we are preparing Marines for success in their follow-on training and service to our great country.”

Fourth phase will utilize the six F’s of Marine Leader Development framework: Fidelity, Fighter, Fitness, Family, Finances and Future.  Marines will be in small groups covering subjects that are critical to success and growth in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Neller added that the Corps is seeking more time for these new Marines to get used to the idea that earning the title ‘Marine’ is just the beginning.

“We thought it was important that the drill instructor, the key figure in the development of these new Marines, had a role to play in the transition,” said Neller. “They were their drill instructors, but now they have to be their staff sergeant, their gunnery sergeant and we thought that was very powerful.”

As drill instructors transition from trainers of recruits to mentors of Marines, the expected result is a more resilient, mature, disciplined and better-prepared Marine.

“This is a normal evolution of the recruit training experience,” said Neller. “We are trying to keep the very best of what we do now [in recruit training] and add something to make it even better.”

Recruits at both Marine Corps Recruit Depots Parris Island, South Carolina, and San Diego will first tackle the fourth phase in early February 2018.

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Sgt. Wolf aka Bob Rader - June 6, 2020

I got my “added” training in Staging Regiment and first PDS.

Sgt. Wolf aka Bob Rader - June 6, 2020

I got my “added” training in Staging Regiment and first PDS.

Gary Ayres - June 6, 2020

I agree pretty much with you. This “added” training must be done during the MOS training. I feel I got mine at Camp Geiger during my MOS (1371) training. This also sounds to much like other branches of the services and we don’t need that to fall into the Corps. Semper Fi

Grunt Vietnam Vet - June 6, 2020

The six F’s, important and necessary. Good call Commandant!

Daniel Miller - June 6, 2020

I agree with Mark Goldman. I believe the NCO’s and SNCO’s in the fleet in their MOS would be the best Marines for that purpose. That’s the way it was when I was in back in 74-76. Semper Fi!

Patrick428 - June 6, 2020

If they can’t hack it after 13 weeks, adding 2 more weeks isn’t going to make any difference. Mentoring? We were mentored for 13 weeks in 65, and that was plenty. The one thing I totally disapprove is once they pass the Crucible they will be called Marines in the 4th Phase. No boot earns the title of Marine until the leave San Diego or Paris Island. Why not call them Marines in boot camp? This is beginning to look more like the Army than the Corps.

R. Morse, Sgt USMC, 69-75 - June 6, 2020

t’s hard to improve on perfection, but if it can be done, the Marines will do it!

Mark Golden - June 6, 2020

Are we forgetting about their time at SOI/MOS Training. I spent time Instructing at SOI and DI/SDI. My most rewarding time in the Marine Corps was my time as a Drill Instructor. That should never change. Extend the time at their MOS school after boot camp by being mentored by those Marines training them in their MOS. A private, PFC and LCPL’s mentoring should come from those NCO’s and the NCO’s in the Fleet. 83 – 2003. Semper Fi!

John Stone - June 6, 2020

OOHRAH!. If recruits see what NCO’s can help with while in Boot Camp, they’ll more readily accept mentoring from NCO’S out in the Fleet. Better than asking Joe S*it the ragman on the third crapper from the left.MARINE CORP!

Thomas Michael Rutherford Sr - June 6, 2020

Sounds like a very wise and intelligent decision. The primary objectives are what every person should know. I’ll be anxious to hear feedback from new Marines and Drill Instructors. (from a former Drill Instructor at Parris Island-1967-68)

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