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Marine Combat Training Battalion

School of Infantry - West

Camp Pendleton, CA
MCT Kilo Company



I would like to begin by congratulating you on your recent graduation from MCRD. You have earned the title "Marine" and are ready to begin your second phase of entry-level training. As Marines, we take pride in the fact that "every Marine is a rifleman." It is here at marine Combat Training Battalion (MCT) that you will learn the basic combat skills that are the foundations of our warrior creed.

My combat Instructors take pride in their mission to train you in infantry skills essential to operating in today's combat enviroment. They come from a variety of military occupational specialties and are all veterans of the current war on terror. Over the course of your twenty-nine day training cycle, you will be challenged both physically and mentally. You will be instructed on offensive and defensive operations, conduct a multitude of live-fire ranges, and complete three conditioning hikes with a combat load. Your training will culminate in a three day field exercise where you will be tested on all the skills you have learned throughout the training cycle. I expect you to come to MCT motivated and physically prepared.

To the family and friends of Kilo Company; your Marine has accepted a challenge that few are willing to take. They have shown great courage in accepting this responsibility and they will need your support throughout their training. I invite you to attend a parents brief at 10:00 A.M., with the graduation ceremony following at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, four weeks after the cycle begins. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.

Captain Robert A. Porter
Company Commander Kilo Company
Marine Combat Training Battalion


Marines, congratulations and welcome to the Marine Corps family. I am the senior enlisted Marine and advisor assigned to Kilo Company. I am responsible for taking care of any problems that may occur with the students throughout the training cycle. Each person joins the Corps for different reasons, the fact that you joined during this critical time when our armed forces are heavily engaged, speak volumes about your character. Be proud of your service to your country. I would like to assure the parents and families that your Marine is in good hands, and to thank you for the opportunity to help train and develop your son. Should you have any questions about the health, welfare, or training of your Marine, you can reach me at (760) 763-7195.

Semper Fidelis,

First Sergeant Irving M. Green
Company First Sergeant
Kilo Company
Marine Combat Training Battalion
School of Infantry
Camp Pendleton, Ca. 92055