Educators experience Marine Corps training

Published: Mar. 13, 2019 at 3:04 PM CDT
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Training in the U.S. Marine Corps starts at boot camp but never really ends.

These educators got the chance to take part in just some of that training. They spent the week learning how to work as one team and get battle ready.

"They give you a problem solving scenario and you have to work together as a team to come up with a possible solution. If you succeed great but if you don't you have to do some running," said Ben Morey, of the New Lisbon School District.

Marines must be able to pass a physical fitness test which includes running, pull-ups and crunches. They must also pass a combat fitness test which looks at their functional fitness with a timed sprint, ammunition can overhead lift and a 300 yard obstacle course.

They also spend hours learning how to use weapons before they even step foot on the firing range. "So what the teachers did here for an hour the recruits do for about a week and each position a minimal of four to five hours," explained Sgt. Jordan Joaquin, a Primary Marksmanship Instructor for the U.S. Marines.

Once they have the basics down it's off to the range. "The key is confidence. Confidence through training and professional conduct so when it comes time to engage an enemy we do that with confidence and accuracy. That starts here at the range," explained Warrant Officer Stuart Shine, an Infantry Weapons Officer for the U.S. Marines.

It's part of the U.S. Marine's mission for every Marine a rifleman.

For educators this behind the scenes look at the Marines sheds light on possible career options for students. "So I don't know really anything about the military options for kids. So as a counselor we are trying to coach them into whatever the best fit for them is," said Andrew Stendahl, of the Madison Metropolitan School District.