The Basic Reconnaissance Course consists of generally four phases: Land Nav, Amphib, Recon Skills, and Patrolling.  Depending on the class, these can be in just about any order.  My class, 1-05, had Patrol Phase as the final phase.

All four phases can be plenty brutal in their own right, but Patrol Phase takes it to a level most students haven’t experienced before.  For eight days, students move around Camp Pendleton with the equivalent of an R&S ruck, coming to around 75-90 lbs, performing just about ever basic reconnaissance mission, while each student cycles through each patrol billet.  There are lots of hills climbed, hills fallen off of, brush broken, and cactus shin-checked.  Oh, and if you’re lucky you might get 2 hours of sleep per day.

By the time we inserted late Monday night, we’d already been up all day doing mission prep.  It wasn’t until the second night that the fun really started.  Now, I’m going to be honest, the timeline gets a little blurry from here on out.

No Shit There I Was: Hallucinating on Patrol Phase

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Since he got out, he's been writing, authoring many articles and 24 books, mostly Action/Adventure and Military Thrillers, with some excursions into Paranormal Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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