Analysis of the perceptions of training effectiveness of the crucible at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego
Klinger, Joey E.
Crawford, Alice M.
Roberts, Benjamin J.
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This thesis examines the Crucible event at Marine Corps Recruit Depot. At the direction of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, the Crucible was added in December 1996 as a new training event to Marine Corps recruit training. This study focuses on the perceptions of the Recruit Training Regiment's drill instructors and officers regarding the training effectiveness of the Crucible. Structured interviews and discussions were conducted with Marines from Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego and five main themes emerged. Additionally, the Crucible was analyzed based on current training methods and theories. Results showed that the Crucible is effectively reinforcing the teachings of teamwork and core values; is an effective rite of transition; is effectively using Marine Corps history and symbols; is teaching combat decision making skills; and has the proper level of difficulty for new recruits. The study findings suggest that the Crucible is an effective training event, its methods are sound, and it is a defining moment of a recruit's initial training experience.
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