What should I bring to Marine Combat Training (MCT)? Even though Marines get lists, directions and instructions several times on what to bring to MCT, I still receive questions on this topic very often. Below is a detailed list of items, issued gear and documents that you’ll need when you head to MCT after your 10 Boot-Leave. You’ll also find travel details, as well as a list of things to do and things not to do for your arrival at Marine Combat Training (MCT). Most importantly, don’t do anything stupid on your 10-day boot leave. Stay as far away from trouble as possible.
What NOT To Do?
DO NOT bring your computer, or any other personal communication device.
DO NOT bring your privately owned vehicle (POV), you are not authorized to have a vehicle while at MCT or ITB.
DO NOT bring knives or other personal weapons.
DO NOT bring your spouse or children; billeting is not available to Marines under instruction/training.
DO NOT spend all of your money when you are home on leave.
DO NOT gives any uniform items away. You must report in with your complete uniform issue. Missing items, lost or unserviceable must be replaced. You pay for replacements.
DO NOT hang out in town, if arriving early in Jacksonville, NC. There are people who make a living by taking advantage of your ignorance of the area.
DO NOT get a Hotel room in town. You can check into SOI 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DO NOT lose your original orders! Neither SOI nor your MOS school is your first duty station. You will need your original orders when you get to your first duty station to settle your travel claim and get reimbursed.
What TO Do:
DO report in the Service “A” uniform.
DO report in early, if desired.
DO bring your cell phone and charger to MCT. There’s no promises, but you may have a chance to use it during your 29 days of training.
DO, if flying, travel in uniform and bring 2 complete sets of camouflage uniforms in your carry-on bag! Luggage routinely gets misplaced during transit; if you arrive without sufficient uniform items and your records, you will not be able to begin training as scheduled. Include in your carry-on bag: 2 sets of utilities, to include: rank insignia (if any), combat boots, green T-shirt, matching camouflage covers, Tan Belt, hygiene kit, health & dental records, Service Record Book, ID Card, ID tags, and orders with all endorsements (including PRASP assignment).
DO, if married, bring your original marriage certificate and your spouse¡¦s original birth certificate, and a copy of their social security card. If you have children, bring their original birth certificates and copies of their social security cards. With the exception of the social security cards, be sure you have the originals, as they will enable you to start the allowances you rate by having dependents, (BAH, FSA, issue ID Card, etc.)
DO bring a complete Direct Deposit Start Up Form (SF-1009A), if you are planning to change financial institutions.
DO report with your entire uniform issue that you received while at MCRD Parris Island.
DO bring your Guidebook for Marines, General Military Subjects, Series Taught Classes and Field Training Unit Student Handouts; you will need these references during training.
DO continue to PT while at home, keep in shape, stay off the couch, and keep away from junk food, alcohol, and smoking. You will hike over 30 kilometers, participate in regular PT programs, and perform other highly strenuous activities while training at SOI.
DO bring at least 2 sets of appropriate civilian attire.
You can bring a cell phone but be aware that you cannot use your cell phone during training periods and while in the field. Secure your cell phone, with personal gear, prior to departing for field training.
Air & Ground Transportation Information
CAMP GEIGER, MCB CAMP LEJEUNE, NC – The main entrance is through the main gate of New River Air Station on State Highway 17, 2 miles south of Jacksonville, NC
CAMP GEIGER AND CAMP LEJEUNE are serviced by the following:
Albert Ellis Airport – Located 14 miles northwest of Jacksonville, NC. Taxi fare from the airport to Camp Geiger is approximately $30.00.
Scheduled Bus Service ¡V The bus terminal is serviced by Carolina Trailways and Greyhound and is located inside the city limits of Jacksonville, NC.
Taxi from the Jacksonville, NC terminal to Camp Geiger is approximately $15.00.
Required Gear to Bring to MCT
The following equipment is required for training at Marine Combat / Infantry Training Battalion:
Wash cloths 2
Shower shoes 1 pair
Toiletries bag 1
Tooth brush 1
Dental floss 1
Soap box 1
Soap 2 bars
Hand sanitizer 2 small bottles
Baby wipes 2 small packs
Feminine products (females only)2-week supply
Anti-fungal powder 1
Cotton swabs 1 box
Band aids 1 box
Nail clippers 1 set
Shaving cream 1
Eyeglasses (if applicable) 1 set
Insect repellant 2 small bottles
Laundry pins 2
Laundry bag 2
Moleskin 1 package
Hand brush 1
Boot inserts 2 pair
Boot bands 3 sets
Boot laces 72″ 1 set
Sewing kit & mirror 1
Running shoes 1 pair
PT shorts 4
White PT socks 4 pair
Sports bras (females only) 6
Ear plugs 2 pairs
Camouflage face paint 1 set
Black marker 1
Ball point pens 3
Small notebook 1
Mapping pens 2 black superfine
Lock Set w/Cable 1
Batteries 2 packs
Gun towel 1
Scrub brush 1
Marines are required to report to SOI with the following uniform items from their initial issue:
BAG, DUFFEL: w/carrying strap 2
BELT, REFLECTIVE, SAFETY 1
BELT, TROUSERS: web, khaki 2
BOOTS, MARINE CORPS COMBAT: hot weather (HW), pr 1
BOOTS, MARINE CORPS COMBAT: temperate weather (TW), pr 1
BUCKLE: f/belt, gold plated (coat) 1
BUCKLE: f/belt, web, khaki, gold plated 2
CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: field, desert MARPAT w/embroidered emblem 1
CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: field, woodland MARPAT w/embroidered emblem 1
CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: garrison, desert MARPAT w/embroidered emblem 1
CAP, COMBAT UTILITY: garrison, woodland MARPAT w/embroidered emblem 1
CAP, GARRISON, MAN’S: all-season polyester/wool gabardine, green 1
CLASP, NECKTIE: gold plated 1
COAT, COMBAT UTILITY: desert MARPAT w/embroidered emblem and embroidered desert MARPAT name and service tape 2
COAT, COMBAT UTILITY: woodland MARPAT w/embroidered emblem and embroidered woodland MARPAT name and service tape 3
COAT, MAN’S: all-season polyester/wool gabardine, green, w/belt 1
COAT, MAN’S: all-weather 1
CROWN, SERVICE CAP: all-season polyester/wool gabardine, green 1
CROWN, SERVICE CAP: polyester/rayon, white 1
DRAWERS, MAN¡¦S: cotton, white, pr 6
FRAME, SERVICE CAP 1
GLOVES: leather, black, pr 1
INSIGNIA, BRANCH OF SERVICE: dress cap, gold plated, screwpost 1
INSIGNIA, BRANCH OF SERVICE: garrison cap, black, screwpost 1
INSIGNIA, BRANCH OF SERVICE: service cap, black, screwpost 1
INSIGNIA, BRANCH OF SERVICE: service uniform collar, black, pr 1
INSIGNIA, BUTTON: dress cap, gold plated, screwpost 2
INSIGNIA, BUTTON: service cap, black, screwpost 2
NECKTIE: khaki 2
SHIRT, MAN’S: polyester/wool, khaki, long-sleeve 2
SHIRT MAN’S: polyester/wool, khaki, quarter-length-sleeve 3
SHOES, DRESS: black, pr 1
SOCKS: athletes, PT, white, pr 3
SOCKS: boot, coyote brown, pr 6
SOCKS: dress, black, pr 3
SWEAT PANTS: green w/insignia 1
SWEAT SHIRT: green w/insignia 1
SWEATER: pull-over, olive green, w/epaulettes 1
TROUSERS, COMBAT UTILITY: desert MARPAT w/embroidered desert MARPAT name tape 2
TROUSERS, COMBAT UTILITY: woodland MARPAT w/embroidered woodland MARPAT name tape 3
TROUSERS, MAN’S: all-season polyester/wool gabardine, blue, pr 1
TROUSERS, MAN’S: all-season polyester/wool gabardine, green, pr 2
TRUNKS, GENERAL PURPOSE: nylon, olive green, pr 3
UNDERSHIRT: cotton, olive green 6
UNDERSHIRT, MAN¡¦S: cotton, white, crew-neck 3