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(Video) Marine Endurance Course Hardens New NCOs

Marine endurance course hardens new NCOs
July 07, 2014

The Camp Lejeune Battle Skills Training School’s water-soaked endurance course hardens new Marine NCOs,  (non-commissioned officers), helping them see themselves as leaders of the troops they have called friends.

Marine NCOs with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group took on the water-soaked endurance course at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 26, 2014.

The course includes numerous obstacles through more than three miles of boot-sucking mud and flooded trenches. The training helps the NCOs develop mental fortitude in the face of physical hardship and prepares them to lead their junior Marines from the front in future training and operational environments.

Marine Endurance Course Hardens New NCOs

LCpl Sullivan Laramie writes at Defense Video Hub about the challenges of the course:

The chilly water soaked the uniforms of approximately 50 Marines with 2nd Supply Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 25, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and the added weight turned the endurance course into an even more demanding endeavor. The Marines set out on the course to ensure combat readiness and develop camaraderie and leadership skills among new noncommissioned officers, June 26.

“We need to make sure corporals distinguish themselves,” said 2nd Lt. Gregory Carnazza, a company operations officer with the battalion. “That’s the beginning of being a noncommissioned officer. The idea is to separate them from the Marines they were friends with six months ago.”

The exercise served as a test of the NCOs’ leadership capabilities and a preliminary run-through of the more than three mile course in preparation for a future competition involving service members of different ranks.

“For everyone who has not run this endurance course before, it was a lot more challenging than they expected,” said Carnazza, a Montclair, New Jersey native. “When Marines think of an endurance course, they think of running and a few obstacles. This one was mostly water obstacles and not as much running.”

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Marine Endurance Course Hardens New NCOs