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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