Marine basic training is the initial training new recruits are required to complete in the U.S. Marine Corps. Basic training lasts slightly longer than 12 weeks, and it is divided into three basic phases: basic learning, rifle training and field training.
Marine Corps basic training is conducted in either San Diego, Calif., or Parris Island, S.C., depending on where recruits enlist. Female recruits, however, are trained exclusively at Parris Island.
Physical requirements are high, and on top of combat and weapons training, individuals are also expected to memorize Marine Corp values and history. Although Marine basic training is typically considered the most physically and mentally challenging of all armed forces, the Marines usually only fail around 15 percent of recruits.