The Crucible: the final stepping stone in becoming a United States Marine

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive a brief prior to a simulated “movement to contact” during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive a brief prior to a simulated “movement to contact” during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive a brief prior to a simulated “movement to contact” during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in an obstacle challenge during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in an obstacle challenge during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in an obstacle challenge during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in an obstacle challenge during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruit Selena Serrano, a recruit with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, topples her opponent during a pugil sticks event on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. This event is part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” Serrano was recruited out of Los Angeles, Calif. with Recruiting Station Montebello. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruit Selena Serrano, a recruit with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, topples her opponent during a pugil sticks event on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. This event is part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” Serrano was recruited out of Los Angeles, Calif. with Recruiting Station Montebello. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive a brief prior to a simulated “movement to contact” during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receive a brief prior to a simulated “movement to contact” during the crucible on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 4, 2022. The crucible is a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruit Yanela Alvizar, a recruit with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, suppresses a simulated ambush during the John Basilone Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. The event was part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” Alvizar was recruited out of Sacramento, Calif. with Recruiting Station Visalia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruit Yanela Alvizar, a recruit with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, suppresses a simulated ambush during the John Basilone Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. The event was part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” Alvizar was recruited out of Sacramento, Calif. with Recruiting Station Visalia. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in the John Basilone Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. This event is part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, participate in the John Basilone Challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. This event is part of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct the Reaper Hike on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 6, 2022. The Reaper Hike is the final segment of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, conduct the Reaper Hike on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 6, 2022. The Reaper Hike is the final segment of the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. Recruits will go through physically and mentally demanding challenges with limited food and sleep during the crucible. The crucible is one of the final stepping stones in completing recruit training. Once a recruit completes the crucible, they will have earned the title “United States Marine.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Alexis N. Ortega, a drill instructor with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, awards the title of “United States Marine” to one of her recruits on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 6, 2022. These Marines have just completed the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Alexis N. Ortega, a drill instructor with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, awards the title of “United States Marine” to one of her recruits on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 6, 2022. These Marines have just completed the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

U.S. Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, hike back to their barracks on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. These Marine just completed the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)
U.S. Marines with Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, hike back to their barracks on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Jan. 5, 2022. These Marine just completed the crucible – a 54-hour event that challenges all the skills a recruit has learned throughout recruit training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher A. Madero)

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