WAB: What Comes After Boot Camp?
Students with Infantry Training Battalion practice basic marksmanship techniques at Camp Geiger, N.C., Sept. 26, 2013.
— Marine Corps photo by Sgt Tyler Main.
"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a Rifleman. All other conditions are secondary."
— General Alfred M. Gray
What happens when your Marine graduates and leaves the Marine Corps Recruit Depot? Where does your new Marine go next? What's After Boot?
To that end, every Marine goes on to additional weapons training at the at School of Infantry (SOI) following boot camp graduation. Your Marine should ask questions about his/her orders prior to departure from the Recruit Depot.
Your Marine is entitled to one day of travel and ten days leave after successful completion of recruit training. Your Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave, if desired. While on leave, non-infantry Marines may be contacted by their recruiter for participation in the Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program (PRASP). If selected by the recruiter for the program, your Marine should present all endorsements related to such programs upon checking in to SOI.
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For more information about recruiters' assistance and 10-day leave, see:
After your Marine completes processing with Student Administration Company (SAC), he or she will be assigned to Infantry Training Battalion (ITB) if he/she is an 03xx, or Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT) for any Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) that is not an 03xx.
Upon graduation from SOI, all Marines other than MOS 03xx will attend school for their MOS. See the links on the left for information on MOS.