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All Marines remember their drill instructor (DI).  In “Making Marines,” visitors step inside the process used by drill instructors to transform young men and women into Marines.  “Making Marines” immerses visitors in the memorable experiences that forge recruits and officer candidates into privates and lieutenants.

Listen to the thoughts of wary recruits during that first bus ride to the training depot.  Stand on the famous yellow footprints and visit the barbershop where “it all gets taken away.”  Visitors can get up close and personal with their own “DI” and will experience how the most important lesson of boot camp is learning how to solve problems as cohesive unit, rather than as an individual.  Before graduation, try your marksmanship skills at the M-16 laser rifle range.  Remember: “Every Marine is a rifleman.”

Tour the Making Marines Gallery


» Introduction
» Recruiting
» Receiving
» Drill Instructors
» The Transformation
» Officer Candidate School
» Recruit Training
» Graduation
» Indoor Simulated Markmenship Trainer

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18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172
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