While on leave, you should continue to maintain your physical fitness by running and doing calisthenics. You can expect the physical training at SOI to be challenging and demanding. Without maintaining a proper physical fitness program on leave, you can easily undo what took you three months to accomplish. On the first training day with your new Battalion, you can expect to take an initial PFT. You should work on your pull-ups and sit-ups every day and set a goal to run at least 6 miles a week. It is important that you do not over exert yourself and cause injuries. Reporting to SOI with an injury will prevent you from training and delay your assignment to the FMF.
While on leave, you should use caution with any extra curricular activities. Riding motorcycles, ATV's, or playing dangerous sports are not advised. It would be a shame to spend three months at boot camp, then get an injury that prevents you from training at SOI.
While on leave, if you do sustain an injury or need medical attention, you should contact your local recruiting office or Marine Corps establishment. Bring your medical record and ID card, and they will assist you in getting medical attention. If it is an emergency, go to the nearest hospital, and the cost will be taken care of at a later date. If it is a serious injury that prevents you from reporting to SOI on time, contact the Student Administration Company.
The School of Infantry hopes you enjoy your leave, return safely, and are ready to begin your career in the Corps. Remember that as a member of our Marine Corps, the reputation of our Corps depends on your conduct and the impression you create.
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