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USMC CIF Gear List (Now IIF)

The USMC CIF gear list has become increasingly hard to find online. There are a lot of phony websites out there with bad, or outdated information. The previous official site doesn’t work half the time and it can be difficult to navigate. I’m going to demystify finding CIF gear list/IIF gear list information and receipts.

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Military Discount Oakley’s Using the Standard Issue (SI) Program

Owning Oakley’s is one of hallmarks of being in the military and getting discount Oakley’s makes wearing them even more satisfying. Military personnel receive many benefits like health insurance, a thrift savings plan, and basic allowance for housing. Service members are often unaware that many organizations out in the private sector offer additional benefits to

PFT, CFT, BCP Changes Challenge Marines To Be Even Fitter

The Marine Corps will be drastically changing it’s scoring for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and Combat Fitness Test. Changes to the Body Composition Program (BCP) will also give fitter Marines a chance to bulk up without worrying about making height/weight or taping out. As you will see, these changes as a whole will challenge

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Should You Bring Your Spouse to The Basic School

Deciding whether to bring a spouse to Quantico, VA, while attending The Basic School (TBS) can be a sensitive and challenging topic. I got married about 6 months prior to TBS with the intent of dragging my wife across the country to Virginia. However, we eventually decided that it would be best if I left

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Non-military Books For Personal And Professional Development

Technology and vast sources of entertainment surround us. As a society we watch and play more while reading, learning, and doing less. Holding the title of “U.S. Marine” doesn’t make us superior to, or more educated than, our civilian counterparts. It does, however, dictate we are warriors with the responsibility of leading others and performing

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Gear You Will Want And Need At TBS

One of the biggest surprises you will face at TBS is the ridiculous amount of money you will spend on uniforms, gear, and ops funds. Unfortunately, there’s nothing that can be done about required uniforms and monthly ops funds (~$50). However, I can help when it comes to buying non-essential, but highly desired gear. Lieutenants