How to Survive Marine Corps Basic Training

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How to Survive Marine Corps Basic Training

FORT GREEN, Texas (KXAN) — It’s not for the faint of heart.

Relegated to the military reserves two years later, you must pass a grueling, three-and-a-half month physical test for the chance to enlist with the Marines.

That includes a 112-mile run — a 16.5 mile swim, 2.5 mile boat ride, and three grueling land tasks — as well as, a .48-mile rifle and grenade range, a 1.7-mile grueling mountain march and a 100-yard dash in which you must run two laps.

The grueling training started in 1875 and continues to this day.

This February, in order to mark the 300th anniversary of the first in a series of challenges, the Marines held their Army Training Session (ATS). The ATS is a Battle Camp for officers and Marine personnel beginning their military careers.

The Marine Corps emphasized the importance of family support at the ATS and good hydration to help you withstand the first few weeks. Though, science has shown that the most important part is strength training.

With push-ups, sit-ups, military marches, rifle rounds, 100-yard dash and 2-mile run, this course is definitely intense.

If you’re not the strongest of bones and muscles, give these fitness tips a try:

Take daily walks with a buddy

Avoid dense foods

Don’t get too emotional or impatient in situations

Eat a small dinner before strenuous training

Don’t drink water unless you need it

Use your hands in all movements to increase the risk of injured muscles.

Finally, see if you can take up a new hobby or take up a sport — these five tips will help you breathe a little easier and stay sane.

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