View Full Version : Tool to learn your Marine Corps knowledge

09-20-09, 11:36 AM
Hey fellow poolees. If you are like me, you are trying to learn your General Orders and Rank Structure before you even get to the yellow footprints.

I whipped this up when I DEPped in, and have had it as my desktop background since.

I now know all the ranks Enlisted and Officers, front to back, and what they look like, and am halfway through memorizing the General Orders.

I thought it might help some of you out there.


Learn it now so your Drill Instructor can spend more time teaching you to be a warrior then ITing your azz for not knowing this already. :evilgrin:

09-20-09, 02:19 PM
Great idea, thanks.

09-20-09, 06:32 PM
Great Idea...I have a dry erase board on the wall in my room, so I just drew the ranks and wrote the General Orders. I know all the ranks and memorized half of the orders...

09-20-09, 07:26 PM
I have the ranks down but have a hard time memorizing the General Orders...it reminds me of trying to memorize stuff for science tests...in one ear and out the other.

09-20-09, 11:25 PM
Dont forget the warrant officer ranks

09-21-09, 08:25 AM
See, that's a good point.

I'll see what I can do.

Capital M
09-21-09, 10:52 AM
This is going to be my new laptop background for a while.

Now when I'm procrastinating, I'll actually learn something useful instead of just staring at Megan Fox:confused:

09-21-09, 01:48 PM
I learned the General Orders and Rank Structure through straight memorization. Hours of writing, saying, then re-writing. It paid off in about a week.

09-21-09, 11:28 PM
I'm learning the Core Values of Honor Courage and Commitment the General orders are next

09-22-09, 12:41 AM
After you guys have either the rank structure or general orders memorized, have someone yelling at you while you're at the position of attention. This will get you ready for it while the DI's are yelling at you in boot camp.

One way that I found useful for memorizing general orders is to post sticky notes in places like above your bed, in the bathroom, on the dashboard, etc... I learned them in 2 days.

09-22-09, 09:31 AM
I had to rearrange the picture so I could keep my aim tool bar up



09-22-09, 01:44 PM
Isn't there more to learn than this? Should we be learning the history, commands and alphabet abbreviations as well, or is that something we learn at boot? I hope to be as prepared as possible.

09-22-09, 02:03 PM
Great idea!

I remade one in Wide Screen incase anyone wants that. It was too messed up for my monitor even if you resized it.

Size is 1280x720


09-22-09, 02:07 PM
Great picture.

09-22-09, 04:15 PM
Great idea! This is now my desktop background. As much time as I'm on my computer, I should have it all memorized in no time! ;)

09-25-09, 12:29 AM
I've looked up a couple of Marine Corps history books on Amazon.com and found a few that I'll reserve from the library. I'll let you know which is the best.

09-25-09, 07:51 PM
Read a book called "Making the Corps" by Thomas E. Ricks. It's a non-fiction work that follows Platoon 3086 from MCRDPI through boot camp. It taught me a lot of new vocabulary and history. Really good read, highly recommended.

09-25-09, 09:43 PM
Read a book called "Making the Corps" by Thomas E. Ricks. It's a non-fiction work that follows Platoon 3086 from MCRDPI through boot camp. It taught me a lot of new vocabulary and history. Really good read, highly recommended.

Amazing read.

Here is another recommendation.

Devil Dog Diary. It is the almost day by day journal of a recruit, now a Marine. AWESOME book, very moto.

09-26-09, 04:02 PM
Great way to learn knowledge is make a CD. I made a CD and had pauses so I could say my answers and etc. I drive an hour to work and an hour back home so it was a great way to learn as opposed to listening to the same radio songs over and over.

09-26-09, 05:24 PM
Easiest way to remember 5 and 7 is:

5- you work from 9-5: To quit my post only when properly relieved

7- the silent seven: To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

09-28-09, 02:58 AM
I'm gonna bump this and add this site


Just another way to familiarize yourself with the 11 General Orders

09-28-09, 04:09 PM
Wow! Much appreciated to the OP and Gonzo, I was actually about to make flash cards to help me out until you posted that site. Im currently laid up with a broken ankle so this is the perfect time for me to get these down.