What's After Boot™: Infantry Training Battalion

The homes of the School of Infantry (SOI), Infantry Training Battalions (ITBs) are located at Camp Pendleton, California and Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Here, over the course of 59 days, newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. During training, Marines will:

  • Perform as riflemen, machine gunners, mortar men, assault men, and TOW (Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided missile) gunners in an infantry company;
  • Be taught about convoy operations, improvised explosive devices, military operations in urban terrain, combat formations, land navigation, patrolling, and sustainment of Marine Corps Martial Arts;
  • Receive classroom instruction, as well as many weeks of field instruction;
  • Perform defensive and offensive operations, day and night fire exercises, scenario training, and hump numerous grueling hikes.

Upon completion, the Marines will be basically trained infantrymen and will be assigned their infantry Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) before reporting to their respective unit to receive additional training.





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Infantry Training Battalion

January 30, 2014: Camp Pendleton, California - Sgt. Mitchell Savage supervises and instructs Pvt. Tanner Welch and Pvt. Dustin Taylor as they fire the M224 60mm Light Weight Mortar system at Camp Pendleton. Savage is a mortar combat instructor with Delta Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry-West. Both Welch and Taylor are students with Delta Co. and are training to be 0341 mortar men. Infantry Training Battalion trains all infantry, entry-level Marines in the infantry skills essential to operating in a combat environment. Infantry Training Battalion is a 52-day training course that transforms the raw Marine into an infantryman who can fight, survive, and win in a combat situation.
—USMC photo by Cpl. Orrin G. Farmer

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