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Training Command
Training Marines, Developing Leaders


Train and educate newly commissioned or appointed officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, esprit-de-corps, and leadership to prepare them for duty as company grade officers in the operating forces, with particular emphasis on the duties, responsibilities, and warfighting skills required of a rifle platoon commander.


Fittest Instructor Competition

U.S. Marines compete in the Training Command Fittest Instructor Competition on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, April 21, 2023. Marines from...


Crew Served Weapons

Marines conduct their Crew Served Weapons Field Exercise at The Basic School


Physical Fitness Test

Marines run the Physical Fitness Test at The Basic School.


FEX lll

Marines conduct Field Exercise III at The Basic School.


Sand Table Exercise

Marines conduct a Sand Table Exercise (STEX) which focused on applying tactics for a rifle platoon in the defense.


Obstacle Course

Marines complete the Obstacle Course at The Basic School.


Patrolling Exercise (PEX)

An MV-22 Osprey lands in support of a Patrolling Exercise (PEX) at The Basic School.


Family Day

Marines and families enjoy Family Day prior to graduation.



Commanding Officer
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Colonel McClam was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant

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Executive Officer
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Lieutenant Colonel Kelly was born in Roanoke, Virginia and was commissioned following his graduation

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Sergeant Major
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Sergeant Major Reginald R. Gaye is a native of Washington, Georgia.  He attended recruit training at

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