Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Crucible

This week is the culmination of all that Tom has learned on Parris Is. this summer. If I look at what they are doing on any given day....it's pretty scary...so I can't go there...please keep him in your thoughts.

The Crucible
A Rite of Passage for all Marines
The Crucible is the 54-hour culmination to the transformation of recruit training. It is a physically and mentally challenging event that involves food and sleep deprivation and the completion of various obstacles for the potential Marine to negotiate.
Basic Facts
  • Recruits will travel 48 miles on foot during the event.
  • There are 29 problem-solving exercises during the Crucible.
  • It consists of 36 different stations.
  • The recruits will have three meals, ready-to-eat (MREs) during the 54 hours.
  • The recruits will be required to carry 45 pounds during the Crucible, in addition to 782 gear, uniform and M16 A2 service rifle weight.

3 comments:

Morna Crites-Moore said...

So this is what Tom is doing now, prior to graduation? Wowie! But, I imagine he will not only succeed; he will excel. :)

simply blue said...

Thanks, Mornie....he's doing it this week. Hope all goes well!

swiftriverarts said...

Thank you for raising a son like this - his service to his country is appreciated.

Jackie