Joining the United States Marine Corps Force Reconnaissance team requires meeting minimum test scores, clearances, choosing a Military Occupational Specialty and earning several certifications. Basic recon training takes place in three phases and lasts nine weeks.
- Take the ASVAB test
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test is one of the most crucial steps for anyone entering the military, and it is typically taken before enlistment. As of 2014, more than 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations offer the test. Regardless of which MOS you choose, it is a requirement. To be considered for Force RECON, you must score at least a 105.
- Enlist for UZ.
Enlist in the Marines, and choose MOS 0321, also known as UZ or reconnaissance man. This option is not required to get into recon, but it at least guarantees the chance to do so.
- Obtain certifications
Force RECON requires first class certification in swimming and a first class score on the physical fitness test. Also, you must complete the rifleman course, be eligible for high security clearance, and have good vision or vision that is highly functional after PRK eye surgery. If you need to request a lateral move to recon, a manager must approve the move.
- Attend the SOI and BRC
The School of Infantry and Basic Recon Course are both located at Camp Pendleton, Calif. After completing the BRC, you have the opportunity to join special forces, including Force RECON. If you fail any steps along the way, you are demoted from UZ to UH, or infantry.