Recruiter Assistance: If you are contacted by your recruiter for participation in the Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program (PRASP), bring a copy of all related documents and endorsements with you when checking in to SOI. If you are responsible for recruiting an acceptable applicant for enlistment in the Marine Corps, you will be granted a five-day extension of your current ten-day leave for a total of 15 days leave. If you are responsible for recruiting two or more acceptable applicants for enlistment in the Marine Corps, you will be granted another five-day extension of your leave for a total of 20 days leave. If you are granted an extension of your leave for assistance to the recruiting service, you should request that the officer endorsing your leave orders notify the Commanding Officer by message. If you have any questions pertaining to recruiting assistance,
Emergency Leave: A request for a leave extension should only be made in the event of serious personal or family emergency which would require your continued presence. If a serious personal or family emergency exists, contact your local American Red Cross and request that they verify the emergency and the need for your presence. They will assist you in sending a Red Cross message to your new Commanding Officer at SOI. An example of a Red Cross message would be "Father died 16 April. Funeral 19 April. Request five-day emergency leave. Pvt Joe Marine 123 45 6789 USMC." Only your new Commanding Officer, not the Red Cross, can grant you emergency leave.
In Case of Lost Ticket/Money: Should you lose your ticket or money and are unable to replace them, report to the nearest Marine Corps activity (recruiting station, reserve unit, etc.), identify yourself and request that transportation be furnished for you. The cost of your return transportation and meals will be deducted from your future pay.
Delayed Transportation: If your train, bus, or plane is delayed and you will be unable to report in on time, call the School of Infantry Student Admin at (760) 725-7711 during normal working hours. During after hours you should contact the Officer of the Day at (760) 725-7480.
Once you make it to SOI, you will need to report to Building Number 520440 for Lima Company. This is the Student Administration Company (SAC) and they will do your initial processing into the school. Your SRB will be collected along with your orders and any endorsements. The Student Personnel Administration Center (SPAC) will review your orders and ensure everything is in order. Losing your SRB or copies of your orders will hinder this process and could delay you from picking up with the next training company. Any administrative matters that need to be taken care of during your training should be done at this time. An example would be if you were married during leave, you will need to turn in your marriage certificate and fill out the necessary paperwork while at receiving. Taking care of your administrative matters at receiving will prevent you from missing training when you get to your battalion. After you complete your processing with SAC, you will be assigned to Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) if you are an 03xx, or Marine Combat Training Battalion(MCT) for any MOS that is not an 03xx.
ITB's mission is to train and qualify infantry Marines in the Military Occupational Specialty(MOS) of 0311 Rifleman, 0331 Machine gunner, 0341 Mortar man, 0351 Assault man, and 0352 Anti-Tank Guided Missile man. ITB consists of a 52 day course that must be completed by all 03xx Infantry Marines before assignment to the Fleet Marine Force or Security Forces. More information can be found on the Infantry Training Battalion page. You can also find the student handouts and information about each MOS.
MCTB trains all non-infantry Marines in the infantry skills essential to operate in a combat environment. All non-infantry Marines, upon completion of recruit training, will undergo Marine Combat Training. MCTB consists of a 29-day course. More information on MCTB can be found on the Marine Combat Training Battalion page. Upon successful completion of the course, Marines will report to their respective MOS training schools located across the country.
SOI is also the home to the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion, Sniper School, Marine Combat Instructor School, and the Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor Course. These courses are for advanced infantry training for the Fleet Marine Force. More information can be found on each of their web pages. Marines selected to be 0313 Light Armored Vehicle Crewman will attend LAV school upon successful graduation from the 0311 Infantry Rifleman course at ITB.