Tuesday, April 20, 2010

@MarinesTV New online documentary shows #MarineCorps drill instructors as you've never seen them before

27-minute documentary shows Marine Corps drill instructors behind the scenes. This is a must-see video for every young man and woman who will soon feel the chill of standing in front of the most influential Marine they'll likely encounter.

Watch it here: 200 potential Marine Corps officers from across the Midwest live two days of hell in Iowa April 23-24

Johnstown, Iowa's Camp Dodge will host 200 Marine Corps officer hopefuls from throughout the Midwest April 23-24 for a grueling two days designed to see if they even stand a chance of surviving the toughest leadership course in the country: Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS).


We'll post webcasts right here so can feel the pain alongside these young men and women as they meet drill instructors, and endure physical fitness tests, land navigation, obstacle courses and what is likely these candidates' first experience with eating the field rations known as Meals-Ready-to-Eat.


Dubbed "OCS Preparatory Weekend," the annual event replicates the type of training and level of anxiety - thanks to drill instructors imported from OCS in Quantico, Va. - that these college students can expect to face in the near future. Candidates hail from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin.


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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Midwest Marines Educators Workshop: Camp Pendleton slideshow

 Educators from Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the Chicago area spent the day at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton as part of the Midwest Marines Educators Workshop in San Diego this week. Here is a gallery of some of the photos from today's events. To hear educators explain today's events in their own words, visit Midwest Marines Webcasts for today's update.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Educators see how active duty Marines live and work aboard Miramar

Educators from Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Chicago area visited Marine Corps Air Station Miramar today for a look at how active duty Marines live and work aboard a Marine Corps installation. They also visited the flight line to get an up-close look at Marine Corps aircraft and emergency services. After a trip to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Exchange for some souvenirs, the educators were treated to a concert from the Marine Band San Diego party band ensemble and toured the base museum.

Check out their experiences in their own words on the Midwest Marines Webcasts page.
Tomorrow, the educators will board the buses before dawn for a trip to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton where they will see the Crucible, meet recruits who just completed the Crucible, take a turn in the marksmanship simulator, see the rifle range and visit one of the job specialty training schools to see how Marines are trained to perform their daily jobs.

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Webcast: Michigan & Minnesota educators recount Midwest Marines Educators Workshop Day 1

Wayne "Rusty" Stitt, principal of Sturgis High School (Michigan) and Peter Zak, assistant principal of Eagan High School (Minnesota) share their experiences on Day 1 of the Midwest Marines Educators Workshop. See previous post below for more details on Day 1 -- and a preview of Day 2.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Midwest Marines educators entrusted to Marine Drill Instructors

Educators from Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Chicago area were introduced to their drill instructors this morning as part of the Marine Corps Educators Workshop in San Diego. By the end of the day, the teachers, counselors and administrators had experienced the "Yellow Footprints", marched several miles, threw punches at each other and negotiated the bayonet assault course. To follow them through their journey, visit the Midwest Marines Webcasts page for an update every day during the week.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

New webcast features Lt. Col. Roberta Shea

She's seen just about everything in more than two decades as a Marine. Now she's responsible for every woman trying to earn the title. Listen to the newest Midwest Marines Webcast to find out more.

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New webcast: She's seen combat, jumped from planes & done time in DC. Now she sees every woman who wants to be a Marine

Lt. Col. Roberta Shea is a combat veteran from Iraq and Afghanistan with the combat action ribbon to prove it. She’s jumped from airplanes, directed the Commandant’s staff, served at Guantanamo Bay, seen time in both the enlisted and officer ranks, graduated the U.S. Naval Academy and now commands the Marine Corps’ only unit that transforms young civilian women into Marines. The Midwest Marines’ Captain Amelia Kays had the rare opportunity a few weeks ago to sit down with Lt. Col. Shea at Parris Island, South Carolina, for a personal, inspiring, and even humorous glimpse into the life of a warrior with more than two decades in the Corps. How has she done it? Why has she done it? What should today’s young ladies expect from the Marines? Listen for answers from the most qualified source in the Marine Corps today.

The Midwest Marines would like to thank David Nelson, from Livonia, Michigan, for the questions he submitted for Lt. Col. Shea:

David Nelson said...
Lt. Col Shea,
Given the performance of military women in Iraq and Afghanistan in combat operations, it would seem that the current policy prohibited women from direct ground combat is outdated.
Do you forsee these policies changes? Particularly given the chaning attitudes in the country. Are you supportive of such a change to allow women in combat MOS if the standards are met.
Thank you.

We discussed these very important questions with Lt. Col. Shea prior to the interview, and she felt unqualified to speculate about the future of U.S. policy regarding women in military occupational specialties (jobs) directly related to combat because those decisions reside with the American people and the Department of Defense. She noted that is not her support, but rather that of the American people, that matters with issues as important as assigning combat roles to women.

Webcast #20100402

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