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View Poll Results: Where did you receive Basic Training?
Quantico 5 0.70%
Mount Holyoke College 0 0%
Smith College 0 0%
Camp Elliot, California 1 0.14%
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 5 0.70%
Parris Island, South Carolina 381 53.21%
Hunter College 0 0%
San Diego, California 324 45.25%
Guam 0 0%
Montford Point 0 0%
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Old 02-10-2007, 04:26 AM
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Where did you receive Basic Training

Although many Marines living today became Marines at either San Diego or Parris Island, the Corps has had basic training at many other locations in the past century.
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It will be interesting to see..

where Marines were trained other than SD, and PI. For me it was San Diego, Ca 1964
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Cool Hey Gary! If you were trained at San Diego.......

How come there is no selection for that yet in the poll choices?
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One thing that I didn't know about until recently was Reserve Basic at Montford Point

Most people know that Black Marines initially got their Basic Training at Montford Point. But, in the 50's, Reserve Marines got basic training at Montford Point until the Corps changed to a six month Active Status for Reserve Marines in the late 50's. In those six months, the Reserve Marine was to go through the regular recruit depot boot camp at PI or SD, ITR and MOS training.
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Either YOUR blind..

or can't count 8 from the TOP Marine. ha
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Cool Now, we must have Marines from other recruit training here!

Perhaps some WM's that received boot training at Hunter College or Camp Lejeune? Some Reserve Marines that got boot training at Montford Point in the early 50's?
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Cool Hey! PI & SD are even!

Glad to see that PI Marines know how to use a computer.
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I didn't realize they had that many locations!!
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Cool Hell! That's just going back to the begining of WWII!

We may have even missed a couple! A WM in our MCL detachment says that she thinks some WM's received their initial training in Norfolk after she went through training at Hunter College. I know one Marine that told me he got his boot training aboard an LST crossing the Pacific.
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Never had the "pleasure" or either SD or PI...

spent a total of 9 months in Quantico..... that was enough!!!

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Rumor has it that Quantico had some comparable "pleasures"

I think Quantico is an interesting base to visit. I stayed at the Crossroads Inn back in 2001.
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Cool I see PI is edging out the Hollywood Marines

I wonder if it's true that San Diego Marines are issued sunglasses in boot camp?
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More like

transistion lenses.....YOU PI Marines kill me with the sunglasses comments. If'en they gave them out, I MISSED getting mine. ha ha
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Boot Camp

That is interesting. I didn't know they had that many Boot Camp locations.
One of our Marine League members, Hector Cafferatta, Was in the local Reserves, And was sent to Korea, wthout going to Boot Camp. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for His actions in the Chosin Res. Hector now lives in Fla.
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Smile Boot Camp

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Cool Actually, it wasn't until the late 50's that Reserves went to boot

Around 1957, the Corps changed the Reserve policy and would put Reserve Marines on active duty for six months to do boot camp and infantry training. Prior to that, reservists got their "Boot" training in short spurts at Montfort Point and in their summer activations.

Over the years, I've met a number of Marines that never saw training at PI or San Diego. In WWII, many Marines got their initial training aboard troop ships heading out to the Pacific and in New Zealand. Woman Marines got boot training at various colleges and in Norfolk or Lejeune before the Corps started sending them to Parris Island.
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JITB - That's correct. We had quite a few 6 Month Reservists at SD 58-60. The Everly Brothers went through around that time. maybe 1960 or 61. I believe they completed their 6 months at MCRD. Unlike Elvis Presley, I guess they figured their career wouldn't survive a two year break. They were probably right.
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So this brings up a question?

WHAT the hell was the Corps thinking when it made the decission about Reserve units going home before they made the 6 months active duty change.

I know when I was in, those that did reserves had to do 6 months before they could go home to mommy for the balance of their time in the Corps.....SHIT, send me home to do my time, what a crock.
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What are you referring to? All the 6 mo. reservists I knew finished their time active. I don't know any that went home after their 3 months boot camp. I don't believe they even got boot leave.
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IF my memory serves me...

two year reserves did boot camp then did 6 months active before heading home to finish their remaining years on active reserve duty......It's been a lot of years, so I could be mistaken.
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