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Thursday, October 11, 2007

As they embark ...

Good Luck to Second Batallion Echo Co and Fourth Batallion Oscar Co as they embark on the Crucible.

Crucible started this morning at 2:00 am EST....

This is the official USMC headquarters definition:

The culmination of recruit training is the “Crucible,” an intense field training exercise designed to build unit cohesion, reinforce core values, and complete the transformation from recruit to Marine. The “Crucible” is the defining moment of the recruit training experience. As a right of passage, the 45 Concepts and Issues “Crucible” is a 54-hour ordeal that tests the mettle of every recruit (and DI). The physical and mental challenges are intensified by sleep and food deprivation.

The “Crucible” focuses on six major field events and is augmented by eleven challenging “Warrior Stations.” Throughout this rapid paced exercise, emphasis is placed on the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity and adaptive problem solving. The teams of recruits, under the leadership of their drill instructor, succeed as a team. The experience pushes recruits to their limits and is a poignant culmination to the transformation process.

During this time they will be given 4 MRE's and about 8 hours of sleep total (about 4 each night). They will march about 40 miles total in humps and between different stations carrying their packs and rifles. They began this "test" at 2AM (EST) Thursday morning after getting up at 1AM to get ready.

After this is complete on early Saturday morning the company of recruits, DIs , corpsman, and officers should complete the last of their march back to Battalion. This is an incredibly emotional time for them (yes even for the guys! ) They realize that really the rest of boot camp is just a walk in the park. They will be issued their emblems (EGA) by their drill instructors in a private and memorable ceremony an are now officially recognized as basically trained Marines for the first time.

Then it is time for them to take part in the Warrior's Breakfast! Yummy, bacon, eggs, sausage, ham, grits, oatmeal, pancakes, steak, french toast, hashbrowns, fruit, milk, juice and even soda for the first time since arrival on island.
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Blogger Matt-Man said ... (10/11/2007 9:33 AM) : 

Damn Im jealous!! Not because of the physical exertion, but the damn good breakfast!!


Blogger Semper Fi Mom said ... (10/11/2007 10:12 AM) : 

Dixie, my boys only got 2 1/2 MREs each (not sure about the 1/2 part, maybe they had to share?). They said most of the guys were even sucking the mayo out of the little packets. I also hear that some overindulge at the warrior's breakfast and it all comes back up! Poor things! Not a good idea to eat lots of rich food that quickly on an empty stomach.


Blogger the108 said ... (10/11/2007 11:12 AM) : 

It blows my mind that you know the schedule so well...LOL. You are so much more on top of shit than I ever was.

Hope he's careful with that food! Dean puked like crazy afterwards as did most everyone and the drill sgt's just laughed, the bastards...lol.

Comin' up sooooon... I'll bet your ridiculously excited! I'm over here excited for you!


Blogger Sandee (Comedy +) said ... (10/11/2007 2:08 PM) : 

This makes a man out of a boy. I'm so proud Dixie...So proud. :)


Blogger katherine. said ... (10/11/2007 2:53 PM) : 

wow Dixie. There should be some sorta Mama's Heart medal...ya know?


Blogger Steven said ... (10/11/2007 2:56 PM) : 

Yikes...I am certain this builds great team spirit, but it sounds really, really rough. I'll be thinking of him...he's almost there!!!


Blogger Sarge Charlie said ... (10/11/2007 3:27 PM) : 

goooooooo matt........he is about to be a kick ass marine......


Blogger Linda said ... (10/11/2007 8:54 PM) : 

I'm keeping Matt in my thoughts this week! I think he'll do great - just great!


Blogger Mimi Lenox said ... (10/11/2007 10:09 PM) : 

Sending prayers and strength to Matt.
And you, Mama girl.


Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (10/12/2007 11:13 PM) : 

He's sooooooo close! It's almost time, Dixie, it's almost time.


Blogger Julie said ... (10/12/2007 11:29 PM) : 

So as I'm reading this he has just 8 hours left! Woohooo go Matt!


Blogger Travis said ... (10/13/2007 3:22 PM) : 

Oooo-rah! I'm checking in her on Saturday afternoon and wondering if y'all shared your Warrior Breakfast at the same time Matt was sitting down to his.

Semper Fi to your shiny new US Marine!


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