Marine Combat Training Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Marine Combat Training (MCT)?
Marine Combat Training is a 29-day training that ALL non-infantry Marines go through. Both males and females will go through Marine Combat Training regardless of your MOS. All infantry Marines will go to the Infantry Training Battalion (ITB). Marines arrive at MCT 10 days after their USMC Boot Camp graduation.
Graduation Dates For Marine Combat Training (MCT)
It is easy to figure out when a Marine will graduate from MCT. Your Marine’s MCT graduation date will be on a Tuesday, 29 days after his check-in date or his class-up date (if he is held in a waiting platoon). Check-in dates are on a Monday. Simply add 4 weeks and 1 day to the date that your Marine (or you) classes up, and you’ll have your Marine’s MCT graduation date.
What Should I Take To Marine Combat Training (MCT)?
Here is a complete list of what to take to MCT.
Are Marines Allowed To Have Cell Phones At MCT?
Yes. Take your cell phone and charger. You will have opportunities to use it 2-3 times during MCT. Make sure it is well marked with your name.
How Long Is MCT?
29 days. It was previously only 22 days, but the new schedule is 29 days.
Do You Get Weekends Off At MCT?
On the East Coast you DO NOT get weekends off. If you go through the Weak Coast, I mean West Coast, then you WILL have weekends off. Not sure why.
Do Marines Get Leave or Liberty During Holidays at MCT?
No. For details check out the post regarding MCT Holidays.
What is the Address to MCT East?
Rank and Name
Co._____ Class_____ Platoon_____
SOI – East MCT BN
PSC BOX 20166
Camp Lejeune, NC 28542 – 0166
Is There an Emergency Contact for MCT?
Call the Red Cross at (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) if you are an Active duty service member stationed in the United States, or a family member residing with them. They will be able to assist you with any emergencies.
When calling the Red Cross, please provide as much of the following information about the service member as is known:
Branch of service (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard)
Social Security Account number or date of birth
Are You Allowed Off Base During MCT?
East Coast, no. West Coast, yes.
What Weapons Do Marines Fire At MCT?
M16A2, M203 Grenade Launcher, AT4 simulated round, M67 Frag Grenade, M240 Bravo and M249
Can Marines Take Tobacco To MCT?
Yes. You will not be allowed to have it during training, but you can store it with your civilian gear.
Do I Need A Knife At Marine Combat Training?
No. You could probably get away with taking a small pocket knife, but it will most likely get lost or stolen.
Can I Bring My Wife To MCT?
Yes, but only to say goodbye to her! Family, including spouses are not permitted during training until the day before graduation day.
Do Marine Reservists Go Through Marine Combat Training?
Yes. There is no difference in training reservists vs active duty.
Do Marines Leave Straight From MCT To Go To MOS School?
Yes. You will literally get on a bus 30 minutes after MCT graduation and head straight to your MOS school. If you’re flying, then your bus will take you to the airport.
Is There Free Time at MCT?
Hardly. It’s not anything like the “free time” you have at Boot Camp. At MCT, most of your free time will be spent cleaning weapons or sleeping… and sometimes you’ll be doing both of those at the same time 😉
Do you do any crawling in the sand?
A Marine could end up crawling in sand at nearly any time in their career, but there is no designated training at MCT that requires it like there was at boot camp.
As for the hikes, what’s the pace like and are they all with the ILBE pack and Kevlar?
The hikes are very similar to the hikes at boot camp. Females have it worse though, because now they have to content with the pace set by the males.
Also, speaking of the kevlar, do you get one that actually fits or do you not have a choice?
You’ll get MUCH better gear at MCT than at Boot Camp. The gear at Boot Camp is not equivalent to what you get in the field, and you’ll very rarely even see a canteen in the fleet. You use a CamelBak instead. Kevlars will fit, and your gear issue will be legit. It’s not like boot camp where nobody cares if your gear works or fits.
Were the females treated differently/badly and do you have any advice/tips for us females?
The females were treated with respect. Most of the instructors are males, but there are some female instructors. They still treat you like a Marine though. Don’t expect there to be a softer tone or method of dealing with female Marines versus male Marines.