The Basic School
|The Basic School|
The Basic School Insignia
|Role||Train and educate newly commissioned or appointed United States Marine Corps Officers|
|Part of||Training Command (TECOM)|
|Garrison/HQ||Camp Barrett, Virginia|
|Colonel Christian Wortman|
General James T. ConwayGeneral John R. Allen
The Basic School (TBS) is where all newly commissioned and appointed (for warrant officers) United States Marine Corps officers are taught the basics of being an officer of Marines. TBS Officer Basic Course currently lasts 28 weeks, during which new officers are given classroom, field, and practical application training on weapons, tactics, leadership and protocol. Candidates are commissioned from the Naval Academy, NROTC, and other Officer Candidate School (OCS) routes. During TBS, the officers are selected for a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), including, amongst others, Infantry, Military Police, and Naval Aviator. Following TBS, the officer will attend one or more additional schools to be trained in their specialty, and then assigned to a unit in the Fleet Marine Force. The Basic School is at Camp Barrett, Quantico, Virginia, in the south-west of the Marine Corps Base Quantico complex. Each year over 1,700 new officers are trained.
The course has training in the classroom and in the field. Classroom events include platform instruction, tactical decision games (TDGs), sand table exercises (STEXs), decision-forcing cases, and small group discussions. There are various field events, beginning with fireteam and squad level, and progressing to platoon-reinforced and company-sized events. The field events consist of realistic blank-fire training and live fire ranges.
Instruction at TBS
The School's "Five Horizontal Themes" define the expectations of every student officer at TBS, are taught to the student officers at The Basic School, and cross all subordinate units.
- A Man or Woman of Exemplary Character
- Has a clear understanding that a Marine commission brings with it "special trust and confidence" and the highest expectations of the American people.
- Devoted to our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment
- Possesses a moral compass that unerringly points to "do the right thing" - an ethical warrior
- Devoted to Leading Marines 24/7
- Embraces the "exceptional and unremitting" responsibility to one's Marines and their families
- Inspires and instills confidence in his/her Marines during times of adversity
- Adheres to and enforces standards regardless of time of day, location or duty status
- Treats all Marines and Sailors with dignity and respect
- Dedicated to a lifetime of study and learning about the profession of arms
- Able to Decide, Communicate, and Act in the fog of war
- Can think critically and arrive at an acceptable decision based on sound tactical thinking within their commander's intent
- Communicates clearly both orally and in writing in tactical and administrative situations with emphasis on issuing clear, meaningful orders and guidance
- Has a bias for action - seizes the initiative and acts instead of waiting for the perfect sight picture or direction from higher
- Once action is initiated, acts with boldness and determination
- A Warfighter who embraces the Corps's warrior ethos
- A competent combat leader, grounded in the basic infantry skills, and characterized by sound judgment and aggressiveness in execution
- Educated in the fundamentals of maneuver warfare, tactics, combined arms, and the time-tested principles of battle
- Maintains an offensive mindset throughout - proactive, not reactive
- Mentally Strong and Physically Tough
- Imbued with a warrior spirit and able to thrive in a complex and chaotic environment and persevere despite the obstacles to mission accomplishment
- Possesses the self-discipline to push past preconceived limits
Phases of Instruction
- Phase I (7 Weeks): Individual Skills
- Rifle and Pistol Qualification
- Land Navigation
- Combat Lifesaving
- Phase II (6 Weeks): Rifle Squad Leader Skills
- Combined Arms
- Rifle Squad Tactics/Weapons
- Scouting and Patrolling
- Phase III (6 Weeks): Rifle Platoon Commander Skills
- Rifle Platoon Tactics
- Convoy Operations
- Crew-served weapons
- Phase IV (7 Weeks): Basic MAGTF Officer Skills
- Rifle Platoon (REIN) Tactics
- Force Protection
- Expeditionary Operations (AMFEX)
- Legal/Platoon Cmdr’s Admin
Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC)
Marine warrant officers attend a 16-week training regime similar in scope and instruction to the 28-week course required of second lieutenants, which is shortened due to the prior experience possessed by the newly appointed warrant officers. They are assigned to India Company at Camp Barrett.
An enlisted Marine can apply for the warrant officer program after serving at least eight years of enlisted service, and reaching the grade of E-5 (Sergeant) for the administrative warrant officer program or after serving at least sixteen years of enlisted service and reaching the grade of E-7 (Gunnery Sergeant) for the weapons warrant officer program. Sergeants or Staff NCOs who are selected are given additional leadership and management training during the Warrant Officer Basic Course.
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- "The Basic School". Headquarters Marine Corps. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- General Emphasizes Leadership at Warrant Officer Commissioning 2nd Lt. Patrick Boyce, 8 February 2007. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Marine Corps.
- TBS Official Website
- Official Descriptions MOS's
- "The Basic School", The Making of a Marine Officer, MarineTimes.com.
- Quantico: Marine Combat Development Command - The Basic School