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Marine Combat Training Battalion


Marine Combat Training Battalion

School of Infantry - West

Camp Pendleton, CA

Mission:  "Marine Combat Training Battalion trains Marines to be basic combat rifleman in order to prepare them for world wide deployment in the operating forces." 

MCT General Information

Marine Combat Training Battalion consists of a 29-day course in which entry-level Marines are taught the common skills needed in combat. While at Marine Combat Training Battalion every Marine will learn: the basics of day and night combat marksmanship, use of the M67 grenade, employment and targeting with the M203 Grenade Launcher and M240B Medium Machine Gun, how to detect and respond to Improvised Explosive Devices, defensive fundamentals, convoy operations, offensive fundamentals, patrolling, Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT), tactical communications, Combat Hunter, tactical field care and land navigation. Marines also undergo combat conditioning through the use of obstacle courses, conditioning hikes, and combat fitness runs. Upon completion of Marine Combat Training every Marine will have the knowledge and ability to deploy and operate in any combat environment around the world as a basic rifleman.

Links and Documents

MCT "Welcome Aboard"

Graduation Information

LINKS for Parents

Military Occupational School (MOS) Information

Marine Combat Training (MCT) Knowledge Now - Student Resources  (PKI/CAC requirement)

Lieutenant Colonel W. B. Allen IV
Commanding Officer, Marine Combat Training Battalion

Sergeant Major D. V. Velis, Jr.
Sergeant Major, Marine Combat Training Battalion