Marine Corps Combat Training Explained

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This "how to" will discuss surviving MCT (Marine Combat Training). Most recruits going through this training are aiming for the title �" but it's not over yet.

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    The Return to Reality.
    The reality is that you are still a Marine in training. After boot camp, you'll have a week of leave, and a taste of family and freedom, with your pride soaring. Then you'll arrive at MCT to embark on the second part of your training. Often, this is a difficult thing for new Marines, for they lose the sense of discipline they've worked so hard on, before returning home. The truth is, there is still a lot to be done to return your body to that place of discipline. MCT is not a vacation and you will work hard every day with no time off. Think of MCT as Phase IIII in your training. Early Marines get into a lot of trouble by coming to MCT not knowing that their training is not fully complete and believing that they actually have authority over the Sergeants who run the training. Just be careful to not be one of those Marines.
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    Back to the Squad Bay.
    Look familiar? Yes, you are back in a squad bay now, depending on whether or not your class has females. Your squad bay will be very small compared to your boot camp squad bay. The difference between this squad bay experience and your boot camp one is there is no quarter deck for you to be IT'd, but don't take that for granted. You are a Marine and you can still be disciplined in other ways, and there are ways to get you back in line, whether you are in training or you've made it to the fleet. Another difference is that you and your rack mate will not be the best of friends by force unlike boot camp. Your rack mate experience will be totally different from boot camp. You will be friends because you want to, not because you are forced to be friends. Also, you will notice if your platoon has females. The squad bays are divided by a hallway on the deck, to separate the guys from the girls. Don't be that Marine who tries to get to the other side of the deck where the girls are staying. You will be punished and put back into training for doing such an act. So keep your hormones in check and take a cold shower.
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    The Marines from boot camp.
    If you picked up MCT training at the right time, you will notice that you will be put back into training with the fellow recruits whom you went to boot camp with, making this either a good or bad experience. If you are with any Marines from boot camp whom you didn't get along with, stay away from them to avoid having any negative situations. During MCT training, you will have a bit more freedom with the Instructors than in boot camp. This may lead to Marines acting up, provoking, and even causing fights, due to lack of supervision. This is will cause problems. In the Marines Corps, when junior Marines are without supervision, anything can happen. So be sure to keep your distance from the bad apples and tow the line. There will also be trash talk and challenges to other Marines while in MCT as all the Marines are fresh, new and full of pride. Be careful which Marines you choose to spend your time with.
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    Combat Instructors.
    The Instructors during MCT will seem a lot more laid back than the Drill Instructors, but don't think they won't do a complete 180 if need be. Instructors can be your friends, and certainly your role models. They often will let you know they aren't perfect �" yet inspiring you to believe that you, as a Marine, can achieve anything. The number of Instructors will vary while you're in training. You may have three or four, either male or female or a combination of both. The females can be an issue for the male Junior Marines, who need to keep a rein on their hormones, as their Instructors may be female. Female Instructors will act, dress and do the same things as you will do while in training; basically �" the same as you. Respect. The female instructors may be doing something you find provocative, but they are Marines, not on the menu. Too many Juniors get into extreme trouble for not knowing their boundaries. In the end, treat your instructors with respect and know the consequences of being too friendly. Throughout your training, always act in a professional manner.
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    Your training will be similar to your second phase in boot camp. You will once again visit the range. All safety measures and everything you learned in boot camp still apply. Here you will also be scored, but it won't be as significant as boot camp. In a nutshell, ensure that you hit something on the targets and you will be just fine. Morning PT sessions will be the same as boot camp which should be manageable because you have just completed boot camp and are in good shape. The atmosphere will be the same as boot camp training due to the fact that you will not have any freedom and you will be doing the same things you did in boot camp ALL TOGETHER. MCT is basically a 30-day version of BWT with a mixture of the rifle range. Get ready to embark on a great journey. You will spend most of your time away from your squad bay so don't get too comfortable. You will spend your 1st week and your last 3 days there, unfortunately.
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    Now, this is the most important part of MCT, do not by any means sneak in any kind of electronic device during your training. Be patient. Cell phone calls will be available to Marines at least once or twice a week. If you are caught with gadgets, you will delay your training and you may have to wait weeks for another class to pick up where you left off in training. A Marine who got caught with a phone the last week of training, was put back two months in his training for this violation. So be smart and be careful and surrender all electronics when prompted to do so by your instructors.
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Questions and Answers

Can you call home during MCT?

  • When the Marine Corps recruits arrive at the Recruit Depot, one of the first privileges is you'll be allowed to make a phone call home. The call should be nothing spontaneous. Actually, it is scripted. For example, when fresh recruits arrive at the infamous Parris Island, the following text should be verbalized, to the letter, by the recruit on the phone, to his parents:
    • I have arrived safely at Parris Island.
    • Please do not send any food or bulky items.
    • I will contact you in three to five days via postcard with my new mailing address.
    • Thank you for your support.
    • Goodbye for now.
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  • Aside from the above words, they should say nothing more. The parents cannot ask questions and should just listen.
  • After this first phone call, the parents should not expect another call any time soon. This is a situation wherein "No news is good news". The parents only get a phone call if something has happened to their child that needs their attention or opinion. So, if you do not get a phone call, it means that your kid is adjusting well to boot camp life.
  • Examples of reasons parents will get an unexpected phone call about their child in boot camp - injury, illness, failure to pass physical fitness tests, failure in swimming or vision tests, etc.
  • Another form of contact between the recruit and his parents is through mail. Approximately 10-14 days after they leave home, a form letter will come in the mail stating their permanent Marine Corps mailing address. No matter where your kid will be assigned, his mailing address never changes, except if he becomes ill or injured, when he will be assigned to the Medical Rehabilitation Platoon or MRP. In this case, the recruit will be assigned the MRP mailing address temporarily.

MCT is Marine Combat Training and is totally different from Boot Camp. While in the MCT �" you will be able to call home on numerous occasions while in MCT. You can choose to either call from your phone when you receive your device from your Instructors or you can call from another phone when this option is available.

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Normally with any military basic training, they will allow you one phone call home within the first couple weeks to let someone know you are okay, and give an address to reach you at. After the initial contact home, it is entirely up to the Drill Instructor you have whether or not they feel you deserve the chance to call home. Don't expect to call home very often, if at all.

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Do people get sick at usmc mct?

Yes, at MCT people do get sick but when you are sick at MCT there are a number of days you can remain on light duty before you are pushed back in training and the magic number is 3 so if you are sick for more than 3 days you might be dropped back in training.

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I am not sure exactly what you are asking. If you are asking if people become sick from illness, then yes. When you are in large groups of people that are in close quarters you are bound to get sick at some point. If you are asking if people puke from nausea then yes to this as well. When pushed to extreme physical limits people often puke out of exhaustion and strain.

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Do you have to get shots in marine combat training?

No, while in MCT you will not have to have any shots while in this type of training upon arrival, but you will get shots when you arrive at boot camp training.

Yes, you will receive a number of shots from the medical staff upon your arrival at your training station. If you have any allergies you will be accommodated at training in order for you to receive your treatment safely.

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My friend is currently enrolled at Lackland airbase. I just got a random voice mail from him. Are airmen in training allowed to use their phones in training?

Cell phone usage and training cellphone usage allowed?

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