I attended the Marine Corps Combat Instructor School starting in July of 2009. While attending this course, I was tested in my knowledge and skills as an Infantryman, and gained training in how to teach and train Marines in the Military Occupational Specialities of the 03 Infantry field. While conducting this course, we attended the United States Marine Corps Formal Schools Instructor Course (FSIC). This course integrated with the Combat Instructor Course provided me with the following skills:
- Curriculum development
- Testing and Evaluation development
- Period of Instruction, design, development, and conduct.
- Platform instruction and public speaking
- Advanced Infantry Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures training, focused on training junior Marines in their MOS.
- Intense Physical Training
- Instructor qualification, extensive testing on infantry knowledge and skills, and Leadership and Mentorship training.
- Operational Risk Management
- Administration and Management of training.
After graduating from Combat Instructor School, I was attached to Charlie Company, Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), School of Infantry (SOI) (WEST). As a new Instructor, I was placed in charge of one of the platoons. My first cycle consisted of about 320 Marines. As a part of the Instructor cadre of about 12 instructors, we began the cycle with the first 4 and a half weeks of general infantry skills training. We broke the Marines down and built them back up as Infantrymen. We had to hike them out to the training areas, coordinate training exercises, maintain the supplies and logistics in coordination with command, and conduct the safe execution of live fire training exercises. We conducted several hours of in the field training, working with the instructor cadre of ITB who did the formal classes.
After the first 4 and a half weeks, we then split off to conduct the specialty training, where I was assigned with about 6 other instructors in training Marines for the MOS of 0311 Infantry Rifleman Scout, my own MOS. This consisted of about 5 weeks of additional training in offensive operations, defensives operations, patrolling, weapons handling with the full suite of firearms at our disposal, operations planning, orders, rules of engagement, and a variety of other training. After successfully completing my first cycle, my peers and myself had successfully trained about 200 Marines in the MOS of 0311 Rifleman.
I conducted several cycles of training before being selected to conduct a short deployment to the Country of Georgia to train their military in march of 2010.