SAN DIEGO- Shortly after they are sent out to attend the school of infantry at Camp Pendleton. Where they will continue to be trained and service as an effect member of a Marine and rifle squad including having to take multiple fitness tests.
Training the recruits requires them to master such skills such as rifle marksmanship, hand to hand combat, water survival and close order drills.
During this phase every Marine undergoes its designed to instill a involuntary press that every Marine is a rifleman.
The recruits are trained to effectively engage targets at various distances ranging from 200-500 yards. Utilizing elementary fireman positions and more advanced combat shooting techniques.
Range Director, Gunnar says, “This is in their second phase of training and they come in here and learn the fundamentals of marksmanship and table one. This goes forward to the fundamentals and the rest of their Marine Corps career of how to fire the M16 a service rifle.”
In their 3rd phase training culminated in a 54-hour crucible where they hiked the hills of Camp Pendleton with little food or sleep. Performing challenging tests of skill, determination, and leadership.
Yuma Marine, Krystian Garcia says, “It was brutal. I’m not going to lie I wanted to quit like four times at least. My senior drill instructor said…at the end of boot camp you’re going to thank me. He said you’re going to thank me for what I’ve done by not letting you quit and we were crossing over the hill today and I just smiled so much because he was so right. He saw something that I didn’t see.”
They’re educated in the United States Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment…Learning to live their lives by these values.
The responsibility to all marines past, present and future….The responsibility they now have to this great nation that’s placed it’s confidence in them by allowing them to wear the eagle, globe and anchor.
These recruits are about to do something most people would never attempt and even fewer can complete. To help them achieve their common goal of United States Marine.
Garcia says, “It’s worth it on the inside. For me finishing the crucible was the hardest challenge of my life and at the end you’re self motivated and it just makes it all worth it.”
“You charge the hill together as a platoon and then once you reach the top that’s just a great moment. You’ve just gone through a huge hike and a huge challenge overall and then once you’ve reached the top you know you’ve made it and that’s great.”
The families are witnessing not only their sons becoming marines but gain pride…A pride that comes from knowing he’s joined the most elite fighting force the world has ever known. A pride that comes from earning the title marine. It’s a transformation that’ll last a lifetime.
Because of their hard work, leadership, personal example and sacrifice these young men are forged into the marines you see today. With this new title becomes responsibility to live up to the u-s marine corps core values of honor, courage and commitment.
The final product you see before you represents everything that is great about our nation and our fort 319 Of Americas newest marines graduated.
Garcia says, “I feel very proud, especially seeing the pride on their face it’s very motivating. I feel amazing. It’s great to know that I’m going to spend time with my family right now and the sense of accomplishment not only for my family right now, but for myself and for everyone who is my company and in my platoon. We all made it.”
Ana Adams, Krystian Garcia’s mom says, “Proud I mean just so proud. He’s worked very very hard for this the last year, year and a half.”