The new program of instruction at The Basic School will show the Marine Corps’ newest officers what it means to walk to work every day.
As they go through the six-month course, the lieutenants will no longer be driven to and from the ranges for their individual field exercises. Instead, they will set out on foot from Camp Barrett aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and — wearing all the gear they think they need — will stay in the woods for their field exercises before walking home again. Some ranges are five miles away… some are a hearty 15 miles.
TBS commander Col. Julian Dale Alford says he doesn’t “give a sh** how far they walk.” He just wants them to get out of the FOB mentality and start growing some callouses on their minds and bodies. It’s all about getting back to the old-school austerity the Corps is known for. The staff — and the first lieutenants to go through the course — seem to like it.
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