March 16, 2013

War Stories: Hallucinating on Patrol Phase

THE BASIC RECONNAISSANCE COURSE generally consists of four phases: Land Nav., Amphib., Recon Skills, and Patrolling.  Depending on the class, these can appear in just about any order.  My class, 1-05, had Patrolling as the final phase. While all four phases can be plenty brutal in their own right, Patrol takes it to a level most students haven’t experienced before.

For eight days, students move around Camp Pendleton equipped with the equivalent of an R&S ruck— weighing-in around 75-90 lbs—performing just about every basic reconnaissance mission while every student cycles through each patrol billet.  There are plenty of hills climbed, hills fallen off of, brush broken, and cacti shin-checked.  (Oh, and if you’re lucky you might get 2 hours of sleep per day.)


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is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. He is now a tactical tracking instructor and the author of the military thrillers Task Force Desperate and Hunting in the Shadows.

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  • JohnPacheco

    engelbrad SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) hahaha made me laugh out loud at work!

  • Wrrr

    SisuSusi I can see it now, dudes with their serious face on, asking some serious questions.... BAHAHA real funny shit....

  • Leapgirl

    SEAN SPOONTS Now that right there is hilarious!! I've been gone so I'm trying to catch up on REP new's.. So far that has to be the funniest comment I've read.. I need to go get a tissue... Sheesus!

  • Safton

    SarvinCoachbuilder    BRC is the Basic Reconnaissance Course. No, not all Marines go through it. It's for Marines who are training to join up with a Reconnaissance Battalion or Force Recon. They've already passed screening and selection/indoctrination by this point, so BRC is mostly a training course so far as I know. I guess the best comparison to it in Army SOF would be RASP/RIP or some of the later phases of the SF "Q" Course (everything after SFAS, that is).

  • robgb

    Yea SF phase 2 SUT, saw elephants, my dead grandpa and swore I could walk and sleep at the same time! Good stuff