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Friday, February 7, 2014

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Today Tyler Newman will talk about the Marines special operations unit, RECON.

                                               Marines Special forces, RECON
                 All future RECON, depending on which they are going, force or battalion. Both have similar training, the only difference is their commander, it's either the Task Force Commander or the Battalion Commander. Any person going recon must attend SOI (School of Infantry). In recent years, Marines weren't allowed to even attend RIP (indoc) for recon. You had to have at least three to four years of experience in the field and have a score of at least 285 on the PFT (physical fitness test) which consists of a: 3 mile run in 18 minutes or under, 20 pull ups, and at least 80 sit ups in 2 minutes; Now young Marines who are very motivated can attend RIP right after boot camp, scoring at least a 285 on the PFT. The qualifying training to begin actual training consists of two obstacle courses in under 2:00 each time; swim 500 meters in full cammies in 17:00, and other fun water activities. 10 mile ruck with 50lbs pack in less than 2 hours.

               However, just because you made it past boot camp and qualifying training, doesn’t mean you will automatically get selected for RECON. You will have to pass an interview with the team leader and company.  It all depends on your attitude and teamwork skills that get you in. 

Once selected you go to RIP (Recon Introductory Platoon) which is like going back to boot camp.
The Marines only get supervised liberty, physical training and classes at all time of the day and night at the Amphibious Reconnaissance School (ARS).  Training has 3 phases. Phase 1 is four weeks long and focuses on Marine individual physical skills such as running, high repetition PT, obstacle courses, ocean swims with fins, rucking, land navigation, helicopter rope suspension training, communications and supporting arms. Phase 2 is three weeks long and concentrates on small unit tactics, mission planning and includes a nine-day exercise in full mission profiles. Phase 3 is two weeks and focuses on the maritime mission.  Held in Coronado, CA, the Marine will conduct amphibious reconnaissance, boat operations and nautical navigation. Once a Marine finishes ARS, they are a Reconnaissance Marine.

That’s basically the summed up version of how to go recon, if you want to know more go to here or contact a recruiter.

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