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Subject: Info on Marine Infantry For Colts
SCCOMarine    2/7/2007 3:08:18 PM
Colts, if you?re still interested in Marine Infantry here?s some info on it. Despite being bogged down by its role in Iraq as both a Light and Medium Infantry, the Corps? true role is an Elite Forced Entry/Crisis Response Force. The Infantry specializes in small company sized quick raids on all terrains/climates. In each BN there are 3 line Companies w/ 3 platoons & a Weapons Co. Some of the Unit Courses you?ll cycle through in a line Co are: ? Amphibious Night Raid Courses: About a 100 man raid course conducted at night in zodiacs launched from about 25 miles from shore. For taking out Compounds, Fortified structures, and Port Seizures. ? Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel, TRAP Courses: Self explanatory, they usually designate one platoon(plt) per Battalion(BN). ? Assault Climbers Courses: Usually 2 plt per BN. Everyone in the BN learns Cliff Assault but the A/Cs are the lead plts and learn advanced climbing skills while engaging the enemy. ? Combat/Scout Swimmer Courses: 1 Plt per BN. 2 man swimming teams that provide ITG (Initial Terminal Guidance) and recon for the Co. doing the Amp. Night Raid. Very intense Course. ? Long Range(Deep) Helo Raid Course/ & Leaders Course: A course to teach Helo raids as deep as 200-300mi behind enemy lines. The Leaders course is for Cpls & SGTs teaching the plan and execution phase of the LRHR mission. ? Airfield Seizure Courses ? There are too many MOUT Courses to name Some of the Individual courses available for Line Marines are: ? MSPF Precision Shooting ? Mountain Leader ? Jungle Leader ? Designated Marksman Course: Similar to S/S but without as much emphasis on stalking and Camo, but it is taught. W/more emphasis on rapid precision shooting. If you go BN Recon or to ?STA?(Surveillance Target Acquisition) Plt these are available in your 1st 4yrs b4 even thinking about trying for Force, plus all the Courses from above. ? Scout/Sniper Basic & Advanced Courses: The Marine Corps has the best sniper programs in the DOD. If you want to try out for a ?STA? Plt then there is a 4wk Pre-Sniper and 6mth eval prior to S/S Basic. ? Urban Sniper/ DM Courses: Self Explanatory but it includes things like firing from helo platform & rapid fire sniping into crowded areas. ? Mountain/Jungle Sniper ? Basic Reconnaissance Course: Recon patrolling, special In/Exerts, demolition, beach recon/survey. ? Amphibious Recon Course ? Urban Reconnaissance and Surveillance Courses ? Dynamic Entry: For Recon, EOD, and Com. Eng. ? HRST,SPIE, Helo Cast Courses ? Combat Dive School ? Airborne School ? Tracker Course Like I said earlier all of these Courses are available in your first couple of yrs in an Inf BN in a Line Co and the others are for BN Recon and STA. As far as travel and action there?s always 2-12wk training missions in Norway, Bolivia, Korea, WATC in W Africa, Unitas is about 9 countries in S & Cent America, Philippines, Australia, & even Mongolia just to name a few. Then there?s the MEU(SOC) where they often run real world missions all over the world. So it?s a lot of opportunity. I didn?t get the chance to go to an Inf BN I went straight to Small Craft but I still went to 8 countries training & on actual missions.
 
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SCCOMarine       2/7/2007 4:24:52 PM
Also I'll see if I can try to find some info on "Distributed Operations" for you.  Its some real good training if you go Infantry.  It should be being introduced into the Corps over the next few years.  They're sending a DO capable BN to Iraq sometime later this year.
 
There's a few articles about a Marine DO platoon that was attached to the Army's 10th MoutDiv over in Afghanistan last year that are real good, I'll see if I can find them.
 
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colts    SCCOMarine   2/7/2007 11:57:47 PM
SCCOMarine,
Thanks alot, I really apreciate it.  Hey your in the Corps right?  What is your MOS?  Also, everything yo described to me, is it the same for an officer?  This sunday I have a meeting with the Capt. of the PLC program in my area.

Colts
 
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BadNews       2/8/2007 12:01:49 AM
Hey Colts he isn't usually around this time of day, but yes they are all available for Officers and then officers have even more available to them as far as schools go.
 
Also when a plt does a work up for a MEU and does let's say the Assualt Climbing Course, the PL an officer does it right along side of them
 
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colts    badnews   2/8/2007 12:58:57 AM
thanks badnews.
Hey I called and talked to the SSGT in my area about officer programs today.  He sent me the longest application in the world to fill out.  This sunday I have a meetting with the Capt. to further talk, ask questions, and then hopefully get interviewed latter.

 
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BadNews    ADVICE   2/8/2007 1:10:14 AM
1 . I Know you are on BBALL SCHOLARSHIP but work out, work out work out, Offiver Selection physically is tough and competative. RUN RUN AND RUN
 
2. Watch the way the Capt carries himself, after you see him you will know what I mean.
 
3. Start with Infantry when asked what you want to do and perhaps work into recon, Avoid the phrase SF he will think you're ranbo Wannabe, :) seriously, start with infantry options, remember what i told you, nothing more challenging than leading a Platoon in battle. (That will impress him if you know from start that the root of the Corps is the Infantry)
 
You are motivated You will do fine, Damn starting to feel proud
 
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colts    badnews   2/8/2007 1:34:05 AM
badnews,
Thanks for the tips.  And run I will, I really need to work on my pull ups too, only at about 11 or 12.  Being a big guy has never helped me in that area but I am getting alot better.  I wont mention SF, or FR, infantry will be good.  Im serving my country and corps, they dont cater to me.  I am confident, as long as I am me I think I'll be fine.  I'm excited.

talk to you tomorow, we played a horrible game tonight, i have never lost by so much.  I lost my voice last saturday cheering my teammates on so I couldn't yell, or talk, as a result we had no energy tonight.  Sore sight to see.

anyway thanks for the tips.
 
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GOP       2/8/2007 1:46:02 AM
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Go there. Join. They will be a huge help, especially with the PT. I have wanted to be a SEAL since I was 6 (16 now...most guys here get tired of me saying this, lol)...and those guys have been a huge help. I don't currently follow any of their workouts because I am involved in MMA and it is primarily a strength/anaerobic sport, but I plan on doing them for sure a good 1-1/2 years in advance of me leaving for BUD/S. I understand you are on a college basketball team, but a high USMC PFT will help you get into the Basic Course.
 
For pullups, google the armstrong pullup program for sure. help me tremendously.
 
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mough       2/8/2007 9:47:04 AM

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Go there. Join. They will be a huge help, especially with the PT. I have wanted to be a SEAL since I was 6 (16 now...most guys here get tired of me saying this, lol)...and those guys have been a huge help. I don't currently follow any of their workouts because I am involved in MMA and it is primarily a strength/anaerobic sport, but I plan on doing them for sure a good 1-1/2 years in advance of me leaving for BUD/S. I understand you are on a college basketball team, but a high USMC PFT will help you get into the Basic Course.

 

For pullups, google the armstrong pullup program for sure. help me tremendously.

so did you get past your medical problem GOP?

 
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colts    GOP   2/8/2007 1:22:18 PM
GOP,
Thanks, thesealquest site is awesome!  I am going to join very shortly.  And that armstrong program looks awesome, I am going to get on that today.  I might have to tweak it just a little bit due to my circumstance right now but once our season is over I'll really get better.

Are you going to be able to get in the Navy?  If you do, you should be able to get a waiver, my friend has eyesight problems and he just got a waiver to go SARC.  He told me that his CO has gotten quite a few waivers for people with color blindness, eye stigmas etc.  Where theres a will theres a way man.  Never give up.  I'm sure you already know that though, later man.
 
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SCCOMarine       2/8/2007 1:31:39 PM

SCCOMarine,
Thanks alot, I really apreciate it.  Hey your in the Corps right?  What is your MOS?  Also, everything yo described to me, is it the same for an officer?  This sunday I have a meeting with the Capt. of the PLC program in my area.

Colts



I'm out of actv duty right now I'm going to school in the IRR.  I'm a Comm Specialist for the Infantry.  There's one of us in every Infantry or Recon Platoon and we have more freedom to jump around units.  I've always been in infantry units but I've worked Individually as an RTO in Recon, S/S teams. 
 
In Iraq I worked directly attached to an ODA in Ramadi and Al Quaim.  As a part of SCCO we worked with all those already named including Force Recon and SEALs doing In/Exfiltrations, Search and Rescue/Body Recovery, Downed UAV search, and providing Security & Manpower for their various missions.  
 
But in my experience I would go infantry, even though I got to do alot of things the grunts around me didn't alway get a chance to do.  The Leadership, the HardCore training, the Discpline you'll learn there is literally 2nd to none.  Its a good FOUNDATION to move on to whatever HighSpeed unit you want.
 
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