I attended the Marine Corps Combat Instructor Course July 2009 and graduated September of 2009. I was attached to Charlie Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry (WEST). As Combat Instructor, I was responsible for the training and development of about 90 to 300 Marines at a time in the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) class of 03 Infantry, and between 90 and 150 or so at a time as (more specifically) 0311 Infantry Rifleman.
Each Cycle of training would have between about 150 and 300 Marines to be trained by the Instructor Cadre and Staff of about 15 to 20 personnel, of which I was a part. Each cycle lasted about 10 weeks, with the first half of training conducted covering general infantry skills, with the latter half, training in the specific MOS. During my time at the School of Infantry, I trained about 6 cycles in the field, with an additional 6 or 7 as a platform instructor.
As a Field Instructor, I was responsible for the Platoon place under the charge of 2 or 3 other instructors including myself. Our responsibilities included:
- Administrative management of the Marine’s Training records.
- Leadership and Mentorship of the Marines through out training.
- Providing regular and daily periods of instruction reinforcing the teaching of the Platform instructors taught in the classroom.
- Maintaining constant accountability of all personnel, responsible for their movement to and from the barracks, classrooms, and training areas.
- Maintaining accountability of well over $10 million worth of military equipment, weapons, and gear at any given time.
- Ensuring that all personnel properly maintained their gear, weapons, and equipment.
- Conducting Risk Management planning and execution of Risk Management plans in the field during live fire and non-life fire training exercises.
- Coordination or Supplies and Logistics for all training operations.
- Maintaining safety standards, ensuring the safety of all personnel at all times during live-fire training exercises.
Every Cycle was essentially a ten week long Project assignment, requiring the daily coordination of the team in the movement and operations of up to 320 personnel in the conduct of daily operations. All together, I trained close to 1,000 Marines during my time as a Field Instructor with the company.
During this time I was assigned to a special duty as a Marine Corps Training Team member for a short 6 week deployment to the Country of Georgia where I was responsible for developing a roughly 4 week training plan to train marksmanship instructors and train an infantry battalion of Georgian Soldiers in Marksmanship. After returning from this assignment, I had attended the United States Marine Corps Sergeant’s Course.
After completing these, and conducting my last training cycle, I was selected to be a Platform Instructor with the Headquarters and Instructor group of the Infantry Training Battalion. This assignment was for instructors who demonstrated excellent skills in teaching and expertise in their field of training. As a platform Instructor, I was assigned to the Offensive Fundamentals section, and taught over 100 hours on the platform in front of groups of up to 300 students at a time. I also managed the conduct of live fire and movement ranges as a part of this duty.
During this time, professional skill I learned included:
- Training and Professional Development Management
- Administrative Management of students, maintaining training records, evaluating performance, and development of testing.
- Curriculum development.
- Designing, Developing, and Teaching Periods of Instruction.
- Designing, Developing, and Implementing Testing and Evaluation processes.
- Public speaking, Platform Instruction, and Communication
- Working with an Instructor Cadre in developing Training plans and organizing daily schedules of teaching.
After completing my time as a Platform instructor, I was later assigned duties in the Student Administration Company, processing Marines who were badly injured during training who were being discharged due to those injuries. During this time I discovered very serious injuries that were not previously noticeable due to the nature of the injuries. I underwent two major surgeries and was transferred to the Wounded Warrior Battalion until my Discharge.