...here we go!
Since we're starting late (I'm SO sorry about that!), the schedule will appear slightly differently:
(1) Forming: January 7
(2) Phase One: January 8 - 14
(3) Phase Two: January 15 – 21
(4) Phase Three: January 22 – 28
(5) Crucible: January 29 – part of 31
(6) Parting: January 31
Forming is the period of time when recruits are able to fall into the bootcamp lifestyle, for this will be a lifestyle. There are no punishments; only constructive criticism and guidance during this phase. The IST (Initial Strength Test), a pass or fail fitness exam, is administered. There is nothing wrong with failing the exam. It just gives us a baseline so we know what we’re working with and how to best improve our recruits. A chow (meal) plan is also devised during forming for each recruit.
Phase One is about Breaking Down False Barriers.
More than likely this phase will be the toughest. Recruits that are not used to lots of PT (Physical Training) will be in for a thrill. Reading and writing assignments will be given out like homework. Much will be expected, but if the squad bands together the challenge will be met.
During Phase I, if plans are not met, one of three actions will be taken:
The individual recruit will be assigned extra PT
The recruit and another random recruit will have more PT
The entire squad will have additional PT
While the latter courses of action may not seem fair, this is a team effort. If a recruit fails, the entire squad fails.
The reason for all consequences being PT related is Phase I is the break-down phase. We'll all seriously be questioning why we did this and if we can make it.
Please relay the following assignments to your recruits:Jan 7Forming
Today will not be very physically taxing; most of today will be spent preparing for Phase I so we can get started with the Bootcamp lifestyle. Instruct your recruits to read the Recruit's Knowledge Book (This "book" will be referred to as "knowledge")that will be posted by this evening in your Squad Bay. Reading and understanding the knowledge along with coming up with a chow plan and taking the IST (Initial Strength Test) will be the main tasks. Assignments for today for recruits:
Devise chow plan
Take ISTThe IST is the initial strength test that all bootcamp participants much take. The IST consisits of:
1.5-mile timed run
curl-ups in 2 minutes (counted)
flexed-arm hang (FAH) or push-ups (timed or counted)
Passing scores are:
run in 15:00 or better
44 curl-ups or better
12 sec FAH or 25 push-ups
Explanation of exercises:
To perform a curlup
a recruit takes the normal situp position with her feet either held or slid under a couch or the like. She grabs her biceps while keeping her arms against her chest. She comes up until her elbows touch her thighs and come down until her shoulderblades hit the deck. That counts as one repitition.
To perfom a flexed-arm hang (FAH)
the recruit must find a suitable bar to hang from. She starts with her chin above the bar, gripping the bar with either both palms facing towards or away from her. The clock is started when her feet are removed from the support and ends when there is no more flexion in her arms. If a bar cannot be found, pushups may be substituted for the FAH. Roughly 2 pushups equal 1 FAH second.Jan 8Phase One</b>
Read http://usmilitary.about.com/library/milinfo/blmarinevalues.htm and discuss how the USMC Core Values can be carried over to civilian life and life in BootCamp
90 minutes cardio PT (exercise)
30 minutes toning/weights
These assignments should get everyone started. I'm off to work on the Knowledge Book. Please brief your recruits and present the assignments to them. I recommend keeping track of your recruits using an excel spreadsheet, but however you would like to do it is up to you. Report here daily with an overview of how your recruits are doing.