Announcements from What's After Boot
If it's new on the What's After Boot website, you'll find an announcement about it here. We bring new resources, events and information to the website frequently.
First MEF Attacks Iraqi Defenses
February 24, 1991 in Marine Corps History
On February 24, 1991, the First Marine Expeditionary Force and coalition forces began a ground assault on Iraqi defense forces in the final stages of Operation Desert Storm. The First and Second Marine Divisions attacked Iraqi defenses from the front while allied armored forces attacked from the rear. Approximately 100 hours later, Iraqi forces surrendered.
Travel Plans for Graduation
Marine Corps Recruit Depot: PI & SD
Making your travel plans to San Diego or Parris Island is easy enough, but what about your soon-to-be Marine? Will he/she travel back home with you for 10-day leave? How do you know what time to arrange flights?
If you didn't discuss this with your recruit prior to leaving for boot camp, and most of us did not, and the letters you're getting from your recruit aren't giving you the answers you need, where do you turn?
Páginas de Marine Parents en Español
Pages of Marine Parents in Spanish
En cada página en Español de nuestros sitios web, encontrará esta barra roja con enlaces desde esta página, así como sitios web adicionales para las etapas de su recluta o la carrera de Marine en el Cuerpo.
Protein Bars in Boot Camp
Written by a Marine who served USMC '08-'12
Protein bars. Delicious and filling, a deviation from the usual and bland Marine Corps boot camp diet. It's no wonder they are the most requested item from recruits. But should you be sending them?
Here's a reasonable answer: We discourage sending anything to your recruit in boot camp other than cards and letters. If your recruit asks you to send something i.e. protein bars, then that's between you and your recruit.
American Flag Raised on Iwo Jima
February 23, 1945 in Marine Corps History.
February 23 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Marine Corps history and in all of World War 2—the American flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
By February of 1945, the United States Marine Corps had been fighting Imperial Japanese forces across the Pacific for three years. As the Marines slowly but surely worked their way across the Pacific in their island-hopping campaign and closed in on the Japanese homeland, the already fanatical Japanese resistance intensified, leading to some of the of the most brutally intense fighting in a campaign known for it ferocity.
Western Inn San Diego Hotel
For Boot Camp Graduations
The staff at Western Inn are here to serve you during your recruit's graduation from Marine Corps boot camp. We offer a special rate for Marine family members; please mention MarineParents.com when making your reservations. We are a 5 minute drive (1/2 mile) to MCRD and a 5 minute walk to the Old Town Trolley station.
Marine Corps Social Networking
Social Media Guidance for Unofficial Posts
Throughout the Marine Corps' history, people have discussed, debated and embraced the United States Marine Corps and our Marines. These discussions continue today through online conversations and social networks. This page includes several articles and handbooks from the Marine Corps as well as guidelines from the organization.
AKA: Poolee Family Night
Marine Corps Recruit Station Annual Field Meet
A poolee is an individual who has already signed up to become a Marine but has not yet left for the 13 weeks of recruit training at boot camp in San Diego or Parris Island. Each spring, Marine Corps recruiting stations around the United States hold a "Poolee Family Night" to bring poolees and their parents together to learn what to expect in, and how to prepare for, boot camp.
Marine Corps L.I.N.K.S. Program
Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills
L.I.N.K.S. is an acronym that stands for Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills. It is a program to help families of Marines and Sailors become more familiar with the customs and everyday lifestyle of the military. The classes are available to military personnel as well as spouses, parents, and children of Marines and Sailors. These class
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Diana, Attend Graduation
Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!
On Friday, February 9, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Diana, the Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you to Marine Parents and to all supporters for the assistance that you gave us! Your help means so much since we have so many expenses to take care of. Traveling can be a hardship but you allowed us to have peace of mind by doing the best you can to alleviate some of our expenses. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and may God keep on blessing every one of you for your generosity.
Diana, New Marine Mom
Marine Corps Promotions
Every good Marine wants to know how they can get promoted.
There is one question that any good Marine will ask on a regular basis. "How can I get promoted?" That answer will vary depending on the rank of the Marine. We will keep it simple and stick to the basics of getting promoted.
Promotions are cause for celebration and Marines have their own traditions. As the parent of a Marine, you can commemorate their promotion with an engraved coin with your Marine's name, new rank, and date of promotion.
Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks
Here is a summary of the training weeks at boot camp.
Our new Matrices have arrived! The Marine Corps changed their recruit training matrix in 2022 and we've finally our posters updated and in our store. See the link below if you need to get a new matrix.
Along with the matrices, our website contains a summary of each training week at Marine Corps boot camp. Our information comes from the official MCRD Parris Island and San Diego websites. The schedules for San Diego and Parris Island are different so be sure to select the correct tab on our page.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Trenity, Attend Graduation
Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!
On Friday, February 9, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Trenity, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from India Company to become a Marine.
It was a blessing to be able to see my son graduate. Thank you for helping us make this happen.
Trenity, New Marine Mom
MCRD San Diego Graduations
A Great Hotel 2 Miles from MCRD!
Town and Country Resort, located in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood, is just 2 miles to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and offers a comfortable and fun option for military families. Recently renovated with an authentic mid-century modern design and a friendly Southern California vibe, the resort is an ideal home base for a San Diego stay.
The resort offers a comfortable guestroom, 3 pools, a 4-story waterslide named “Twister,” 5 restaurants and bars, a penthouse fitness center with Peloton bikes, and 19 fire pits. It is pet and family-friendly with a 3-acre attached park and a host of family activities. The resort is within walking distance of Fashion Valley Mall and provides easy access to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, beaches, and area attractions.
Special rates for military families are available when you book using the RESERVE link:
Preparing for Boot Camp
For your Poolee and for YOU!
Are you a seasoned Marine Parent our just starting the journey? This is great information for you to know as you meet other family members who are new to the Corps. You can help them prepare starting in the Poolee stage.
As a poolee, your son or daughter is preparing for boot camp, and the recruiters are preparing the poolees physically, intellectually, and emotionally. They have probably heard from other new Marines who have come back to the recruiter's office and shared their experience from boot camp. The recruiters are preparing the poolees the best way they can.
What about you...who has prepared you?
Videos to Share at Marine Parents
Here are some Marine Corps videos you can share with friends and family!
This section of our website includes links to videos we'd like to share with you and in our groups and social media platforms. The videos range from the poolee stage all the way through a Marine's career in the Corps.
MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Megan, Attend Graduation
Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!
On Friday, January 26, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Megan, the Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Bravo Company to become a Marine.
My husband and I are truly grateful for the travel assistance. Without this, we would not have been able to make this trip and see our son graduate from boot camp. It was amazing to see how he has grown up and is now a Marine! Words can't express how much this program means to my family. Thank you just isn't enough. We are forever grateful and one day we will return this award to another Marine family!
Megan, New Marine Mom
Congratulations to Kathryn Goodwin, our newest Volunteer!
Kathryn completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!
CONGRATULATIONS to Kathryn Goodwin who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!
Operation Deckhouse VI
February 17, 1967, in Marine Corps history.
On February 17, 1967, the first full day of "Operation Deckhouse VI" took place near the city of Quang Ngai, Vietnam. Over the course of the operation, which lasted until March 3, the Special Landing Force (BLT Y4 and HMM-363) killed 280 enemy combatants.
Health Insurance in the Marine Corps
Learn about the health insurance Marines are offered in the Corps.
Health insurance is just one of the many benefits offered in the Marine Corps. The health insurance offered to Marines has many complexities and at times can be confusing, and with that comes a lot of questions from parents. When to take your recruit/Marine off your insurance? When does your recruit/Marines' insurance take effect? What if your recruit/Marine is a reservist? Not only should Marines be aware of the benefits that are available to them, but their families should also be educated on them as well.
The Crucible During Recruit Training
The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine.
The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally, and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54 hours and includes food, sleep deprivation, and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.
The History of the Battlefield Cross
Learn the history and purchase the lapel pin for Memorial Day
The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is not a known fact. Some believe it may have been during the Civil War where it may have been used to signify the location of a dead soldier to be collected and buried during which time they would call a temporary truce.
The Marine Corps Flag
Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.
The Marine Corps flag is scarlet and shows the Marine Corps emblem, which contains a fouled anchor, a globe displaying the western hemisphere, and a spread American Bald Eagle atop the globe. A ribbon held in the eagle's beak carries the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "always faithful"). Below the emblem, a larger ribbon holds the title, "United States Marine Corps."
The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.
OPSEC in Boot Camp
Is it REALLY Necessary NOW?
What's critical is that you are aware of what OPSEC is. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know. This is known in the military as "Operations Security" or OPSEC.
In this series of articles on "Becoming a Marine Parent", we've talked a little bit about privacy and respect, noting that both are important concepts to learn as the parent of a recruit. As your recruit nears graduation, the concept of Operations Security becomes just as important to understand.
USS Maine Explodes
February 15, 1898, in Marine Corps history.
On February 15, 1898, 28 Marines and 232 sailors were killed when the U.S. battleship Maine exploded under suspicious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. Despite the fact that no definitive evidence of the Spanish being involved in the explosion, "Remember The Maine" became a rallying cry and less than three months later, the United States and Spain were at war.
Montford Point Marines
Today's featured Marines are the Montford Point Marines!
In 1942, Camp Montford Point was established with the first African Americans to serve as Marines since the American Revolution. The history of Montford Point and the brave men who trained there is a testament to the price African Americans had to pay in order to gain acceptance into one of the nation's most respected institutions.
Marine Corps Boot Camp Structure
Training Battalions, Companies, and Platoons
There are two facilities for Marine recruit training. Marine Corps Recruit Depots (MCRDs) are located in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina. Their acronyms are MCRDSD and MCRDPI, respectively.
What’s next in Marine Corps innovation?
A video from MilTech on Defense News
Marines are known for being adaptable and creative. So what are some of the advancements they’re trying out to improve in the field? This video explains some recent technologies to make tools lighter, faster, and deadlier for the Marine Corps. Narrated by Todd South, Editor-at-Large for Military Times.
Corporal Lawrence Diggs
Today's featured Marine is Corporal Lawrence Diggs.
In 1942 Camp Montford Point was opened and young African American men began filtering through for recruit training to join the United States Marine Corps. Approximately 20,000 African American recruits went through Montford Point from 1942 to 1949. At that time, the Marine Corps was segregated and African American recruits were not allowed to train with white recruits. Although African American recruits trained at a different location than other recruits, their training was just as challenging. Montford Point was the birthplace of some of the toughest and most brave Marines in the history of the Marine Corps.
Among these tough Marines was Cpl. Lawrence "Larry" Diggs. Mr. Diggs happens to live near the MarineParents.com corporate office in Columbia, MO and our staff has had the honor of meeting and working with him. Born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago, Diggs was drafted into the military in May 1942 and was one of the first African Americans recruited by the Marine Corps.
Marine Corps Motto & Slogans
The long history of the Marine Corps contains many mottos & slogans that are still used today.
The Marine Corps has a long and illustrious history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps." From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.
MCRD Support Battalion is not RTBN
More Acronyms: STC, MRP, PCP, EHP
MCRD San Diego and Parris Island have a Support Battalion that functions in several capacities for each Depot. Included in the companies for this battalion is the Special Training Company (STC), which is the company recruits are assigned to should they need to be removed from the standard Recruit Training Battalion (RTBN). Taking these actions could happen for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to recruits who need medical rehabilitation (MRP), physical conditioning PCP), and evaluation (EHP).
Operation Homecoming Vietnam POWs
February 12, 1973, From our Founder
51 years ago today, a C-141A Starlifter transport jet with a distinctive red cross on its tail lifted off from Hanoi, North Vietnam, and the first flight of 40 U.S. prisoners of war began their journey home through Operation Homecoming. I was 11 years old, and our family lived at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. I remember the POWs coming home like it was yesterday. My mother took us to greet every plane that arrive on the tarmac. We wore our POW bracelets and hoped "our" POW would be coming home.
It was a time like no other in the history of the United States, and even as a child, I understood the impact on these service members being released from a prisoner of war camp. Today, I want to remember this time and share those memories with others who may not know that time in our history. It should never be forgotten.
The article written on the 40th anniversary of Operation Homecoming is well done, and I encourage you to take time to read it. The link follows.
Letters Sent Home from Recruits
What to Expect, When to Expect, How it All Works
You may be a lucky parent and receive a lot of mail from your recruit. Many are not so lucky, as recruits are very busy during boot camp and will likely be using every spare moment to study and get caught up on work related to becoming a Marine. Recruits are given time to write, but it is up to each individual recruit to choose what he or she needs to do during that free time.
PERSEC vs OPSEC
Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?
When it comes to Personal Security (PERSEC), there seems to be some confusion about what it is and how it can affect a Marine and their families on a daily basis. So we're going to attempt to clear it up.
First of all, PERSEC is similar but is NOT OPSEC. OPSEC deals more with the day-to-day operations going on in the Marine Corps. This can be for anything from deployment dates to weapons serial numbers to troop movements.
On the other hand, there is PERSEC. PERSEC deals more with each individual's personal security and how they safeguard their own personal information. We will talk about how it relates to deployments and social media, and how we can better protect ourselves from giving up our personal information.
The Marine Corps does not enforce PERSEC regulations as strictly as they do for OPSEC. However, that does not make PERSEC less important than OPSEC. If safety, in general, is important to you then you should be taking PERSEC seriously.
Becoming a Marine Parent
A 13-Week Journey for You, Too.
Your loved ones have enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and now YOUR journey begins as well. As they get ready to leave for boot camp they are busy preparing for their career as one of "The Few, The Proud." One of the most important steps for loved ones at home is already completed! You have joined Recruit Parents and are well on your way to becoming informed, educated and supported by others experiencing the same emotions.
SOI: Marines will undergo combat marksmanship training
The Marine Corps' primary mission is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, as well as to repel an assault by fire and close combat during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore. Combat-ready Marines must be skilled in tactics and highly proficient in firearms.
John H. Russell Appointed U.S. High Commissioner to Haiti
February 11, 1922, in Marine Corps history.
On February 11, 1922, Brigadier General John H. Russell was appointed U.S. High Commissioner and personal representative of the President to the government of Haiti. For the next nine years, the future Commandant in supreme command of both the occupying American forces and the Haitian Gendarmerie.
PFC James Anderson Jr.
Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr.
Today's featured Marine is Private First Class James Anderson Jr. PFC Anderson is the first African-American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor!
On February 28, 1967, while on patrol outside of the village of Cam Lo, Quang Tri Province, PFC Anderson's platoon came under heavy enemy fire. During the ensuing firefight, an enemy grenade landed near PFC Anderson and several other Marines. PFC Anderson pulled the grenade to his chest, curled around it, and absorbed the majority of the blast with his body, heroically saving the lives of the Marines around him at the cost of his own.
Captain Frederick C. Branch
Today's featured Marine is Captain Frederick C. Branch!
In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well. In this piece, we take a further look at the first African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps - Frederick C. Branch.
Congratulations to Nicole Korous, our newest Volunteer!
Nicole completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!
CONGRATULATIONS to Nicole Korous who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®! Nicole is joining our 3rd Battalion San Diego team.
Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms
Learn some of the earliest terminology your recruit is taught during boot camp.
There are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn. This reference is a starting point for recruit families—those that are most important to learn during recruit training. After graduation, there are additional resources with more terminology on the primary website for MarineParents.com. But these are the most important to learn at this time.
Gilda Jackson Becomes First African-American Female Marine Colonel
October 1, 1997, in Marine Corps history.
On October 1, 1997, Colonel Gilda A. Jackson, of Columbus, Ohio, became the first African-American female Marine to achieve the rank of Colonel during a ceremony at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Prior to her promotion, Jackson served as the Special Projects Officer of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Hue's Hospital, Jail, Provincial Headquarters Recaptured
February 6, 1968, in Marine Corps history.
On February 6, 1968, two reduced Marine battalions, the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines with two companies, and 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines with three, recaptured Hue's hospital, jail, and provincial headquarters. It would take three more weeks of intense house-to-house fighting, and nearly a thousand Marines killed and wounded before the imperial city was secured.
The United States Military Code of Conduct
Learn about the U.S. Military Code of Conduct at Marine Parents
All service members receive training in the U.S. military's Code of Conduct at various times in their careers.
The Code of Conduct, which was introduced by President Eisenhower in 1955, is based on time-honored concepts and traditions dating back to the American Revolution.
The six articles outline the obligations and responsibilities of U.S. service members in harm's way.
Knowledge is Power!
Visit Marine Parents to Learn about the Corps
Your recruit or Marine is likely in this profession for at least 4 years. It can be scary when you don't understand what's happening during each career stage of your Marine's journey. Visit the Marine Parents website to learn more about the Corps. We've got over 20 years of experience explaining things in civilian terms. Take a spin through the knowledge today!
Battle of Roi-Namur
February 2, 1944, in Marine Corps history.
On February 2, 1944, the 4th Marine Division captured Roi-Namur and eight other islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. This was done as part of the first assault on islands controlled by the Japanese before the beginning of World War II.
Montford Point Marine Memorial
Dedicated to all Montford Point Marines and their legacy (Jacksonville, NC)
February is Black History month. Today we are featuring the Montford Point Marines.
The Montford Point Marine Sculpture that represents the Montford Point Marines; the angle of incline represents the uphill struggle for equality, stands at the Montford Point Marines Memorial in Jacksonville, N.C., Aug. 26.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Ayers/Released 200826-M-ZF985-1022.JPG
Operation Prairie II Begins
February 1, 1967, in Marine Corps history.
On February 1, 1967, elements of the 3rd Marine Division began Operation Prairie II in Quang Tri province, South Vietnam. The 46-day search-and-destroy operation, which concluded on March 18, 93 Marines and 693 enemy troops were killed.
MPTA Helps Marine Guardian, Becky, Attend Graduation
Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!
On Friday, January 12, 2024, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Becky, Guardian of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.
Thank you MarineParents for the travel assistance which made sure that me and my family were present during our Marine's graduation! It meant the world to us! I might have made my way there; however, without your help, it would have cost our family severely in ways that we just simply cannot afford. Seeing all that my Marine is becoming and all that he has already accomplished-- it was that little spark that our family needed. Especially because I believe that it takes a village to raise children-- & without my village, as well as the extended support from folks like all of you-- our family would not be as blessed, as it most certainly is. Thank you very much for all that you do!
Wendy, New Marine Guardian