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MISSION: Weapons and Field Training Battalion conducts entry level marksmanship and combat marksmanship training; provides professional instruction on and evaluation of basic military field skills; and supervises the execution of the culminating event for Recruit Training - the Crucible.


 

Commanding Officer, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Colonel Carlos T. Jackson

Colonel Jackson enlisted into the Marine Corps Reserve in 1992.  He graduated from Tuskegee University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and received his commission via the Platoon Leader’s Class program in December of 1996. Colonel Jackson’s assignments in the operating forces include: Assault...

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Sergeant Major, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Sergeant Major Robert C. Ixtlahuac

Sergeant Major Ixtlahuac enlisted in the Marine Corps on May 18, 1993 and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego California.  Upon completion of recruit training he reported to Marine Corps Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California.  Following MCT, he attended the...

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A new U.S. Marine of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, is welcomed by a loved one following a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Jan. 7,
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, participate in an obstacle challenge on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Dec. 29, 2021.
New U.S. Marines with Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, stand at attention before giving the guidons to their drill instructors during a graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Dec. 22, 2021.
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Private First Class Luis A. Escobedo, a U.S. Marine with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, is welcomed by a loved one during liberty call at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Dec. 16, 2021. Escobedo was recruited from McAllen, Texas with Recruiting Substation McAllen, Texas. While in recruit training, Escobedo’s daughter was born Nov. 13, 2021. Escobedo was participating in field week when his daughter was born, and instead of hiking the final hike before the crucible, he was able to call home to his family. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Grace J. Kindred)
U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Ian Kornegay with Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, conducts basic swim qualification at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 6, 2021.
U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Zach Volpe with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, crawls through and obstacle during a bayonet assault course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Nov. 23, 2021.
A U.S. Marine Corps Private with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion receives his Eagle, Globe, and Anchor during the crucible at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sept. 2, 2021.
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Recruit Daniel Lopez Almanca executes the slide for life during the confidence course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Nov. 16, 2021. Drill instructors kept a close watch to ensure that the obstacles were being executed correctly and safely. Recruits became physically and mentally stronger by overcoming obstacles that require strength, balance, and determination. (U.S Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cristian G. Torres)
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U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, prepare for individual photos at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Oct. 20, 2021.



 

 

U.S. Marines with Range Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, train recruits on the proper handling and firing of the M16A4 service rifle aboard Edson Range, Camp Pendleton, Calif., April 20, 2016. Marines instructed and coached the recruits during both the grass and firing week portions of recruit training, ensuring the recruits are able to fire accurately and qualify on the rifle. (U.S. Marine Corps motion media by Sgt. John C. Lamb)