An in-depth series about the experiences of Marine recruits from their time processing at the Military Entrance Processing Station.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 200th Infantry Regiment, New Mexico, and 2nd Battalion, 162nd Infantry Regiment, Oregon conduct live Sniper Training during XCTC at Camp Roberts. Multiple units are conducting a large-scale training exercise, July 21-August 12, 2018, at Camp Roberts and Fort Hunter Liggett, California. The exercise is an instrumented brigade field training exercise known as eXportable Combat Training Capability (XCTC) designed to certify platoon proficiency across the brigade in coordination with First Army. The XCTC program brings full training resource packages to National Guard and active duty bases around the country, allowing units to train on their schedule, closer to home, minimizing cost and time away from civilian jobs. The training exercise prepares the brigade for supporting federal mobilizations. Units will be exercising tactical, operational, communications, and decision-making skills while focusing on problem analysis.