Marines have the highest standard of excellence of all the military branches in the world and they take their standards and traditions seriously when upholding them. Every Marine is expected to know a lot about Marine Corps traditions, customs and courtesies, as well as when he or she can engage the enemy. In addition to that, it is expected and demanded that every Marine will correct his fellow Marines when they are out of line with these standards. The Marine Corps isn’t for the dim-witted.
Before you get to boot camp your recruiter should have taken the time to tell you what information you will need to memorize. If he or she didn’t, then I will tell you now. In order to be ahead of the game, you will need to study the following:
1. Eleven General Orders for a Sentry.
2. Marine Rifle Creed
3. Marine Corps Hymn
4. USMC Core Values
5. Marine Corps history
6. The characteristics of the M16A2 rifle
7. Code of Conduct
That’s seven different areas of study and you haven’t even shipped out yet! Imagine if you had to learn all of these in boot camp plus the additional information I am about to summarize for you. There isn’t a lot of time to do much of anything in boot camp, let alone study so it’s best to memorize as much as you can now.
When you arrive to Marine Corps boot camp, one of the things you will be issued will be two books of knowledge. This covers everything you will need for the final academic multiple choice test you will be given. You have to pass this test in order to move forward in your training. Some of the knowledge covered will be rank, chain of command, first aid, combat training, in combination with those listed above.
Fortunately, the drill instructors do spend an adequate amount of time covering the material so that you are prepared when you go to take the test. One thing to look out for though is that you need to condition yourself to focus under pressure. If you are stressed, it is sometimes difficult to learn. You must find a way to do this in spite of the external factors that threaten to distract you.
Pay attention to what you are being taught. You will have what seems to be endless classroom sessions to teach you about everything from sex to what happens if you are captured as a prisoner of war. This information is extremely important to digest so look lively and keep your focus.
Once you have taken the test, do not allow your brain to data dump all of this knowledge. It is material that you will need to remember throughout your military career.