Bayonet Training In The United States Marine Corps


For those in the civilian world, bayonet training is an often overlooked aspect of self defense measures. Ironically, for U.S. Marines, the bayonet becomes a last option of defense when a rifle fails or runs out of ammunition. It is also a crucial part of the training process. During the first initial phase of boot camp, recruits are required to complete bayonet training. The training involved is one of the first exercises a Marine Corps recruit will learn while in boot camp. In 2003 the OKC-3S Bayonet was fitted for the M-16 standard issue rifle. The bayonet is designed for close combat situations or when fired shots are not desired. While the United States Army no longer requires their soldiers to complete bayonet training, the Marine Corps still considers this training a necessity.

In Marine Corps boot camp, bayonet training is taught in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). Here recruits learn how to quickly attach and utilize the bayonet in close combat. The overall length of the bayonet is 13.25 inches with a blade length of 8 inches. The material used is carbon steel. Bayonet training covers individual as well as group attacks and also covers basic defense moves. For an more in depth look at Marine Corps Bayonet training, be sure to check out this book.

Bayonet training in the United States Marine Corps also consists of using Pugil Sticks as a training mechanism. Recruits are required to complete this close combat training against other Marines in their unit. Pugil Stick training consist of recruits overpowering their opponent on a log on which duals are conducted. The training with these sticks is considered to be the most aggressive man to man combat training a recruit will learn during boot camp. For a look at bayonet and pugil stick training in the Marine Corps be sure to check out this informative link.

During bayonet training, recruits are taught various ways to hold the rifle as well as tactical and defense moves. This training with pugil sticks is not only a way of learning close combat maneuvers but also a major source of motivation for the recruits. Recruits are encouraged to engage during this training by rooting for contestants. Bayonet and pugil stick training are conducted in the second week of Marine Corps Boot camp after completing the strength and endurance course.

This short blog touches on the surface of the basics of bayonet training in the United States Marine Corps. While bayonet training as well as pugil stick training are a major component of the Marine Corps training experience, they are only a small part of the entire process of becoming a Marine. For an in depth look at this aspect of Marine Corps training as well as the many other tasks recruits undertake during boot camp take a look here.

Author Dave Donahue is a Marine Corps veteran having served from 1981-1985 in Yokohama Japan and Camp Lejeune North Carolina.

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