Recruits cleanup for inspection
By Cpl. Tyler Viglione
| Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 08, 2014
SAN DIEGO --
Recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, presented their weapons and their knowledge during the Series Commander’s Inspection at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Aug. 4.
The purpose of the inspection is to give the series commander an opportunity to test his recruits on their knowledge, while also reviewing their uniforms, bearing, confidence and weapons maintenance. Before the commander steps in front of recruits, their drill instructors inspect them to ensure that they are ready.
The commander chose which recruits he wanted to inspect. After a quick signal, each recruit conducted rifle manual before passing his weapon his senior leader for a weapon maintenance inspection. While the weapon was being checked for cleanliness, the recruit reported to the commander by stating his rank, name, hometown and military occupation specialty. After reporting in, the series commander asked the recruit various questions regarding Marine Corps knowledge, history, uniform regulations and the chain of command.
“Nothing the series commander asks the recruits is new,” said Michael A. Berryhill, drill instructor, Platoon 1003. “They are questioned on things they have learned up to this point in training.”
Recruits endure multiple inspections while in recruit training. The recruits completed a senior drill instructor inspection in week three of first phase and the Series Commander Inspection during week eight of second phase. It’s not until third phase the recruits endure the Company Commanders Inspection in week 10. Their last inspection, which takes place after the Crucible, is completed by the Battalion Commander during week 12 of their training.
Berryhill explains the countless hours the recruits receive to clean their weapons and ensure their uniforms are inspection ready.
“The recruits just finished shooting, so the last couple days they have had ample time to break down their weapons and get them ready for today’s inspection,” said Berryhill, a native of Piper City, Ill.
The most challenging thing for recruits during the inspection is keeping their bearing and having the confidence while they are in front of a drill instructor or an officer explained, Recruit Muhammad Hassan, Platoon 1003.
“I knew all of the knowledge, but I couldn’t say it while the drill instructors were in front of me because I was nervous,” said Hassan, a native of Redwood City, Calif.,
With each inspection, recruits learn how to communicate with higher ranking Marines, ultimately gaining confidence after each experience.
“One of the most important things recruits learn in recruit training is confidence,” said Berryhill. “Confidence will get them far in anything they do.”
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