U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary


A person enlisted into the Marine Corps in anticipation of attending boot camp or a person undergoing training in boot camp. A recruit must earn the title “Marine” by successfully completing boot camp. Some people are given rank (usually PFC or LCpl) on enlistment and are paid at that rank, but during boot camp they wear no rank and are called “Recruit” like everyone else in training. Only upon graduation are they allowed to wear the insignia of their rank.

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