Marine Basic Training
Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:02 PM
Posted 28 September 2010 - 11:11 PM
Marines did not serve in eurpoe only the pacific the only ones in eurpe were ship detachments and some marines that joined the oss also marines served the Heavy guns on ships during D-Day.
Its modern day but i dont think it changed much from WW2...
Edited by Mark4, 28 September 2010 - 11:23 PM.
Whenever in future wars the battle is fought, armored troops will play the decisive role.Heinz Guderian
Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:36 PM
Training then was much different than the Marine Corps of today. In some ways, it was more brutal. However, keep in mind that the brutality was used as a vehicle to teach the "boots" lessons in doing things the correct way (the Marine way). Here's a clip of an example of the consequences of shaving improperly:
YouTube - MCRD Parris Island, SC Inspection, 1940's
Much less time was devoted to academics during WW-II than in the Marine Corps of today. The "boots" were also under the direct supervision of combat veterans who had returned from the Pacific. There was little involvement or interference from the officers, so the drill instructors could pretty much deal out punishment as they deemed appropriate. Not so in today's Marine Corps.
In addition, due to the large influx of recruits, many boots were billeted in tents rather than barracks. Here's a clip from the era showing these tents and some Quonset huts. Also note the firing going on at the rifle range and that the boots are all wearing pith helmets.
YouTube - Parris Island Rifle Range, 1943
I hope this helps. If not, let me know and I'll do the best I can to answer your specific questions.
Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:57 PM
Once finished with Basic the recruits were sent to either specialty schools, or in some cases to replacement companies. Most went to some sort of specialty training. A few more weeks of infantry schooling, aviation mechanic, motor transport, whatever. The top few in each class might be selected for more advanced training, if there was a need seen. Otherwise the Marine went to a replacement company or directly to a unit. The serious training came in the unit. No one expected the privates or PFC just out of the lowest level specialty school to know much, so the squad leaders & section chiefs started in on the hard grind that would bring them up to a really proficient level. In not all cases was this possible. Sometimes circumstances prevented decent training in the unit before combat. More often the companies & battalions had weeks or months to conduct small unit training before the next battle.
The bottom line is the few weeks of USMC boot camp instilled some relatively harsh discipline into the recruits, but it was not the training that made them skilled infantry. That came later in the sequence, mostly in the actual rifle company & battalions training.
Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:46 AM
Posted 11 October 2010 - 04:03 PM
Thanks people, but what I'm really looking for is what marines went through on a daily basis, how they trained, ect.
There are a couple of movies you should watch:
1. "Battle Cry"
2. "The DI" starring Jack Webb
3. "Gung Ho" excellent scenes of MCRD San Diego in 1943
4. "To the Shores of Tripoli"
1. "Battle Cry"- Leon Uris
2. "With the Old Breed" - Eugene Sledge
Edited by formerjughead, 11 October 2010 - 04:19 PM.
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