Under the watchful eyes of the chain of command of the Woman Recruit Training Command, roughly 2,400 female recruits come through the 4th Recruit Training Battalion (RTBn) each year. Trained by the very women who have seen and been part of the transformation that has brought us to where we are today, the 4th RTBn only trains female recruits and is staffed exclusively by female drill instructors and officers.
In this video, U.S. Marine Corps recruits with November Company, 4th Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment conduct an 8-kilometer conditioning hike at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. U.S. Marine Corps female recruits who go through bootcamp with the 4th Recruit Training Battalion conduct 5K, 8K, and 12K conditioning hikes in order to build stamina for the final hike at the Crucible. With standards that mirror those of their male counterparts, females recruits are as tough (if not tougher) as anyone who has walked through the halls of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island: where real Marines are made.