The homes of the School of Infantry (SOI), Infantry Training Battalions (ITBs) are located at Camp Pendleton, California and Camp Geiger, North Carolina. Here, over the course of 59 days, newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. During training, Marines will:
- Perform as riflemen, machine gunners, mortar men, assault men, and TOW (Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided missile) gunners in an infantry company. All infantry Marines will conduct this training during the first half of ITB. After training day 21, the "split" will occur. This means each Marine will be separated by their specific MOS and conduct training specific to that MOS.
- Be taught about convoy operations, improvised explosive devices, military operations in urban terrain, combat formations, land navigation, patrolling, and sustainment of Marine Corps Martial Arts;
- Receive classroom instruction, as well as many weeks of field instruction;
- Perform defensive and offensive operations, day and night fire exercises, scenario training, and hump numerous grueling hikes.
Upon completion, the Marines will be basically trained infantrymen and will be assigned their infantry Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) before reporting to their respective unit to receive additional training.
Reviewed by CH
Camp Pendleton, California - Sergeant Mitchell Savage supervises and instructs Private Tanner Welch and Private Dustin Taylor as they fire the M224 60mm Light Weight Mortar system at Camp Pendleton, California, January 30, 2014.
—USMC photo by Corporal Orrin G. Farmer