The Crucible is the final exercise during the training process to become a U.S. Marine. The Crucible is the culmination of the three-month boot camp program, which lasts 54 hours and pushes every recruit to their absolute limits. It tests them physically, mentally and morally, and is the defining experience of recruit training.
The Crucible includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The final event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.
The obstacles they face include long marches, combat assault courses, the leadership reaction course, and the team-building warrior stations. Each warrior station is named for a Marine hero whose actions epitomize the values the USMC wants recruits to adopt. The bottom line is this—the Crucible is a rite of passage that, through shared sacrifice, recruits will never forget. With that memory and the core values learned in recruit training, they will be able to face any challenges in their path. This footage presents a unique type of Marine, female Marines, during and after completion of their crucible.
Check out these female U.S. Marines endure the Crucible: