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Teufel

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The latest Basic Reconnaissance Course started with 150 students and only graduated 15. Get the word out. We need high quality Marines and future Marines to step up to the plate and take the challenge. Marine Reconnaissance is one of the most difficult communities to join in the Marines Corps but also one of the most rewarding. A 70-90% attrition rate will guarantee that you will stand tall next to the finest in our Corps...should you have the fortitude, determination and heart to be one of the select few to earn the 0321 MOS. Contact your recruiter for more information.

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GhillieDude08

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I figured most BRC classes would have higher graduation rates by now with the Addition of BRPC.
 

buzzkill.0621

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Personally what I think causes the drops is that there isn't any age restrictions that I've seen. I've never gone so I really don't know what the course entirely consists of, I've just heard that it's a "man course" meaning that an 18 year old boy would be more likely to DOR or fail. I see there being a need to attract an older, more seasoned crowd coming through. Bottom line is that it takes time to develop a harden the fuck up mentality if you will.
 

Teufel

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Personally what I think causes the drops is that there isn't any age restrictions that I've seen. I've never gone so I really don't know what the course entirely consists of, I've just heard that it's a "man course" meaning that an 18 year old boy would be more likely to DOR or fail. I see there being a need to attract an older, more seasoned crowd coming through. Bottom line is that it takes time to develop a harden the fuck up mentality if you will.
The data shows a different result. Lat movers and officers are notorious for quitting BRC and these two groups usually fare far worse percentage-wise than the recruited off the street crowd. It should be the opposite but it is not. The course is extremely difficult and I think the younger Marines have more drive and are forged by that fire. You either have it or you don't, I don't care how old you are.

BRC is easy. There isn't any selection or assessment. Meet the entry standards, maintain standards throughout the course and don't quit. It's not that hard. That being said, 70-90% of a class will take their ropes off their backs and find another line of work.
 

buzzkill.0621

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That is a interesting insight.

Would you think that more lat movers are interested in it for the bonus money as opposed to truly wanting it and that being their downfall?
I think it's a sad day when people can't/won't bite down and push through the trials.
 

Teufel

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That is a interesting insight.

Would you think that more lat movers are interested in it for the bonus money as opposed to truly wanting it and that being their downfall?
I think it's a sad day when people can't/won't bite down and push through the trials.
I don't think they are there for the bonus money. I think they want it but not enough to make it over the finish line.

@digrar we have seen a significant drop in lat movers since MARSOC stood up. We get most of our Marines from an off the street recon contract now.
 

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I think the biggest problem with lat movers and officers attending brc is that they go from running the show to a place where they have to prove their worth and their rank doesn't hold much weight.
 

Teufel

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I think the biggest problem with lat movers and officers attending brc is that they go from running the show to a place where they have to prove their worth and their rank doesn't hold much weight.
I think that is part of it. It's also tough when a lot of the recon students are faster and stronger than you are. They are also rougher on officers at the course. My tac instructor gave me a "ground sensor kit" to carry on patrol which consisted of a pelican case full of rocks. This is in addition to a radio, a 50lb sand bag and full combat load. My tac instructor told me it was extremely complicated piece of equipment that required a college degree to operate. The pelican case had two zip ties on it and everytime we stopped for whatever reason I had to take it out of my pack and stick the zip tie ends up to "arm the sensors".
 

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I'm sure that you'd agree that it's a necessary evil, though. Those who are to lead the best, should be the best... and while it may also be an outlet for some good old fashioned ribbing, it also makes sure that you don't have a turd leading studs.
 

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I'm sure that you'd agree that it's a necessary evil, though. Those who are to lead the best, should be the best... and while it may also be an outlet for some good old fashioned ribbing, it also makes sure that you don't have a turd leading studs.
I agree with you 100%. Officers and enlisted need to go through the same course and meet the same, if not higher standards, to get the MOS. It also helps our young officer leaders realize that we do things a little differently in the reconnaissance community.
 
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I agree with you 100%. Officers and enlisted need to go through the same course and meet the same, if not higher standards, to get the MOS. It also helps our young officer leaders realize that we do things a little differently in the reconnaissance community.
I'm really glad to see that officers and enlisted do get the same training in at least recon. I feel like an off-the-street college grad going into officer (which is what I'd be doing) either might feel undertrained or unexperienced in comparison to the enlistees. Feel free to correct me as I am new to this.

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Sorry for the double post, but is there much difference between Ground Intel (0203) and Recon (0321) other than 0203 is an officer position?

Thank you again.

RJ
 

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Officers normally go to recon after completing one or two deployments in the infantry. They don't go straight into reconnaissance. Ground intelligence (0203) is a military specialty and most of those officers do not serve in reconnaissance.
 

Rcjames1

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Thank you. Then what differentiates intelligence from reconnaissance? From what I have gathered, it seems that Ground Intel unit supports the Ground Combat unit. Sorry, it's all very confusing.
 

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That is correct; I cannot see how this is confusing

Remove your photo from your avatar - you'll thank yourself for doing this years down the road.

Especially if you enter the service under any mos you have mentioned.




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