The next step after Marine Corps Recruit Training is School of Infantry (SOI).
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Every Marine is granted one day of travel and ten days leave after recruit training. Then all Marines report to the School of Infantry (SOI). Marines attend SOI on the same coast as where they went to boot camp, unless there are rare circumstances that has them going to the opposite coast.
SOI is the name of the entire school located on both the West and East coasts. Within SOI are other schools, including Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT) and Infantry Training Battalion (ITB). All new enlisted Marines attend SOI, but Marines with the 03xx/infantry MOS will attend ITB and all other Marines will attend MCT. So remember, SOI is not just for Infantry Marines.
Marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT): MCT trains all non-infantry Marines in the infantry skills necessary to operate in a combat zone. MCT consists of a 29- day course. More information on MCTB can be found on the Marine Combat Training Battalion page. Upon successful completion of the course, Marines will report to their respective MOS training schools located across the country.
Infantry Training Battalion’s (ITB) : ITB’s mission is to train and qualify infantry Marines in the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 0311 Rifleman, 0331 Machinegunner, 0341 Mortarman, 0351 Assaultman, and 0352 Anti-Tank Guided Missileman. ITB consists of a 52 day course that must be completed by all 03xx Infantry Marines before assignment to the Fleet Marine Force or Security Forces. More information can be found on the Infantry Training Battalion page.
Your Marines SOI Mailing Address: Although your Marine will be spending a lot of the time in the field (away from the main base) mail will be delivered as often as possible. So whether your Marine is stationed at SOI- West or SOI East, be sure to continue to send them SANDBOXX LETTERS and support your Marine as they continue their military journey!
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