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09-14-03, 06:02 AM
Hitting the beach - Marine Corps style
Submitted by: MCRD San Diego
Story Identification Number: 2003912142551
Story by Cpl. Ethan E. Rocke

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif.(September 12, 2003) -- There may not be any waves breaking on sandy beaches at Range 505, Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, Calif., but there is plenty of natural habitat for some of America's most celebrated 'Marine life.'

Dirt, mud and sharp concertina wire to crawl around in, explosions, machine-gun fire and a new test of will every few meters - these are just a few things most Marines welcome into their amphibious warrior lifestyle for the first time during their run through the Day Movement Course on Range 505.

The course, which attempts to emulate a Marine Corps amphibious beach landing, introduces Marine recruits to a simulated combat environment, in which they apply individual movement techniques, such as the high crawl, low crawl, back crawl and individual rush.

They scale walls, jump over ditches, run through tangle wire, breach wire obstacles, crawl under barbed wire and through pipes.

The course is approximately 200 meters long, and the training holds true to the Marine Corps doctrine of "We train as we fight," as the recruits prepare for their 'mission' by camouflaging their exposed skin and equipment.

Once all the pre-combat preparations have been made, groups of 16 pile into two static light armored vehicles, which mark the start of the course. There they wait, hearts thumping and minds racing, for the signal to rush forward and do what Marines do best - fight forward and refuse to be defeated.

With faces painted green and brown, their bellowing war cries lead them forward like determined athletes driven by adrenaline and aggravated intensity.

As they rush forward to meet what lies ahead, they begin to understand what is meant by the warrior ethos 'every Marine is a rifleman.' With the wind blowing past them as they run, the world around them becomes muffled and distorted. The machine guns, the explosions, the barbed wire surrounds them, and all is well in the world of a United States Marine Corps recruit.

They are becoming.


Blazing ahead in the Movement Course, a recruit jumps over an obstacle.
Photo by: Cpl. Ethan E. Rocke


A recruit breaches a wire obstacle during the Movement Course.
Photo by: Cpl. Ethan E. Rocke