Marine Corps: Civilian to Marine

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A line of Marine recruits, dressed in combat gear, hiked up a mountain. Their backs ached under the weight of their heavy packs. Their feet were sore and burned with blisters. Yet the sweaty hikers couldn't stop to rest. This march was a test to see if they were tough enough to become Marines.

This is just one of many demanding exercises that Marine recruits go through during boot camp. Look inside to learn more about what it takes for ...

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Overview

A line of Marine recruits, dressed in combat gear, hiked up a mountain. Their backs ached under the weight of their heavy packs. Their feet were sore and burned with blisters. Yet the sweaty hikers couldn't stop to rest. This march was a test to see if they were tough enough to become Marines.

This is just one of many demanding exercises that Marine recruits go through during boot camp. Look inside to learn more about what it takes for civilians to become Marines in the U.S. Marine Corps.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
Ten mile hikes carrying 65-pound packs, assembling and shooting an M16 rifle in desert-like conditions, climbing up, over and down a thirty-foot ladder-like structure-all this and more awaits the Marine Corps recruit. This book, part of a well-written five-book series titled, "Becoming a Soldier," focuses on what it takes for a civilian to become a U.S. Marine. Introduced to new recruit Steven Dellinger, readers of this third-grade level book will discover what the most rigorous training program in the U.S. Military is like. Joining eighty of their colleagues in a platoon, new recruits spend thirteen weeks in intense physical training that includes learning to survive a gas attack and weapons training ranging from knives to rifles. From the eleven-part Confidence Course to intense daily workouts, basic training culminates in a 54-hour event called the Crucible. Working in teams, the prospective Marines complete a number of physical tasks, participate in simulated war attacks, and end the exercise with a nine-to-ten-mile march in the middle of the night. Successful recruits continue their training in a wide variety of jobs. Large, full-color photographs taken by U.S. Navy photographers enhance a controlled text featuring 85 words per two-page spread. Educators will appreciate the addition of an index, bibliography, glossary and table of contents while the inclusion of consultant Fred Pushies, a U.S. SOF (Special Operations Force) Advisor, lends authenticity to the content. Readers looking for an example of unique community helpers, and students with an interest in military careers and/or with parents in the military will be drawn to the narrative text and excellent photographs that describe a world not entirely unknown to them. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936088133
  • Publisher: Bearport Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2010
  • Series: Becoming a Soldier Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 717,080
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1010L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 10.38 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

The Death March 4

Welcome to Boot Camp 6

The Drill Instructor 8

Physical Training 10

Gaining Confidence 12

A Recruit's Best Friend 14

A Gas Attack 16

The Final Test 18

Moving On 20

Preparing for the Marine Corps 22

Glossary 23

Index 24

Bibliography 24

Read More 24

Learn More Online 24

About the Author 24

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