Company First Sergeant
Welcome Marines, family, and friends of Hotel Company.
As the nation’s expeditionary force in readiness, it is the role of the Marine Corps to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice. In order to be successful on the battlefield, every Marine must be trained as a rifleman. Over the course of the next few weeks that is exactly what we will do.
At Hotel Company, our mission is to create basic riflemen through standards-based, common skills training. This mission will be accomplished under the leadership and mentorship of an elite group of hand-picked Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO’s) and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO’s) known as Combat Instructors (CI’s). The CI’s of Hotel Company possess an immense wealth of knowledge across many Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). Many of these Marines have experienced combat and anxiously await the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with new Marines.
To incoming students: Congratulations on your successful completion of recruit training and earning the title “Marine”. Here at Marine Combat Training (MCT) Battalion, you will learn the basic combat skills that make “every Marine a rifleman.” Over the twenty-nine day training cycle, you will be challenged both physically and mentally. My expectation is that you arrive ready to train, open to new experiences, and prepared to be challenged.
To family and friends: By graduating recruit training, your Marine has faced a challenge that few have the courage to take, and even fewer complete. Your support will ensure the continued success of your Marine as they undertake an intense twenty-nine day training cycle. Please understand that the majority of this training will be spent in the field and your Marine will not have access to a computer or phone during much of this time. My staff and I thank you for the support you provide your Marine and we look forward to meeting you at graduation, which will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 1530 (3:30), exactly four weeks after the start of the training cycle.
Captain Justin Wilkison
Hotel Company Commander