Rats in the Twentynine Palms Commissary, “Phase 4” of Recruit Training goes holistic and a Post-Colonoscopy live interview: Mike, Mac & Montana Man

Holistic Recruit Training?
Rats? Really?

A ton of news going on today, we’ll focus rats forcing the Commissary at MCB Twentynine Palms to shut down, the changes to “Phase 4” of USMC Recruit Training where Drill Instructors where do more talking to recruits and shed the “knife edge” aura of the previous 11 weeks.

Montana Man joins us to update us on the colonoscopy that he completed this morning — another case of a “post-colonoscopy” euphoric high!

KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN — GENDER — AVIATION UPDATE : General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Part 2 of 2)

General Robert B. Neller
United States Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.

ABOUT KEEP YOUR HONOR CLEAN:  The Commandant isn’t sure if Marines are “buying it” when it comes to “keeping your honor clean.”  Attempts to influence character are ongoing in the Marine Corps, it’s unfinished work and Marines are trying hard but the jury is still out.  “I don’t know if you can get it until you experience it.  In the aggregate we have really good people, we just have to do a better job explaining this.”

ABOUT GENDERDoes the Marine Corps still want women who don’t want to be grunts (Capt Lauren Serrano’s question)?  The Commandant is conscious that the burden of child birth and being a mother is a heavy burden, “Of course we want her in the Marine Corps.”  “At the end of the day you have to be ready to deploy, it’s a hard life.”  “I think we’re trying to find that space, but we have to find that balance between our warfighting requirement and our retention.”

ABOUT AVIATION:  We need to fly more.  Every month our flight hours go up.  It took us years to get into this situation and it’ll take us years to get out.  Why CMC decided to have Marine Corps aviation units “take a knee” after the the 31st MEU MV-22 incident.

PART 2 of a GREAT interview.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARINES UNITED — WHAT HE FOCUSES ON — HELO DUNKERS & SWIMMING : General Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps (Part 1 of 2)

General R.B. Neller, USMC Commandant of the Marine Corps
General R.B. Neller
37th Commandant
U.S. Marine Corps

The Commandant of the Marine Corps joined ALL MARINE RADIO to talk leadership and current events.

SOCIAL MEDIA:  Marine leaders need to become familiar with social media so they can understand the world their Marines live in and so they can use it as another tool to lead.  He also discusses how “Marines United” has impacted his job.

THE PRESIDENT OF SOUTH KOREA’S VISIT TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS:  President Moon of South Korea landed at Andrews AFB and went directly to the NMMC to pay his respects to the Marine Corps who rescued his family during the fight at the Chosin Reservoir.

HELO DUNKER TRAINING:  The Commandant believes that we can and should raise the bar relative to swimming in the Marine Corps in general, and also believes we might be able to do better relative to frequent-flyers and helo dunker training.

PART 1 of a GREAT interview.


The Gunner
Will Costantini
Col USMC (ret)









Will Costantini joined Mike & Mike to discuss:  Is “Helo Dunker” training worth the time it takes out of the training schedule given the need to be MORE PROFICIENT at higher priority tasks that will be executed on a much more frequent basis?

FACT:  it’s an extremely low probability event

FACT:  we don’t create proficiency of any kind in our current training

FACT:  Helo Dunker training takes lots of time

BOTTOM LINE:  Is the juice worth the squeeze given the current state of training REQUIREMENTS vs TIME in the Marine Corps?


Alex Hollings
Former Sgt, USMC
SOFREP Contributing Editor

Alex Hollings is a former Marine NCO and currently a contributing editor at SOFREP.  He joined us to talk about Kid Rock running for Senate, The Rock running for President, changes to the Constitutions that would allow the federal government to work for the citizens, home fire protection and his recent trip to a prison that is now being used as a live-fire training site by SOF units.