The mission of the Series Commander Course is to train, educate and indoctrinate newly assigned company grade officers with information required to be a successful series commander. The assistant director of Drill Instructor School serves as the primary instructor for the course and coordinates the development and accomplishment of the training schedule. The course is approximately ten training days, and the frequency of courses is determined by class size and the needs of the Recruit Training Regiment.
This is an evolving course that is guided by the fluidity of recruit training and the subsequent guidance of the RTR commanding officer. The course consists of introduction and orientation to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, guided discussions, classes, close order drill (including sword manual), physical training, recruit training observation, practical application and briefs from agencies that support the mission of RTR. The preponderance of the course is spent covering the Recruit Training Order and lessons learned through experiences and case studies. The information and training covered in the course is vital to successfully performing the duties of a series commander.
Graduation from the course is a requirement by Marine Corps Order 1510.32. The series commander must display mastery of every obstacle on the obstacle course and Confidence Course; demonstrate mastery of the Drill Instructor Pledge; achieve a first class score on the physical fitness test; achieve a passing score (80 percent or higher) on the Recruit Training Order exam; and pass close-order drill evaluation, which includes sword manual.
Each course is time intensive and demanding. In addition to the class schedule, students will receive homework assignments in the form of reading, speech memorization and uniform preparation.
- Have your personal affairs in order. It is imperative that all billeting, TMO, and personal issues are taken care of before or after the course.
- Arrive prepared for rigorous PT; leadership by example is essential for your success.
- Bring at least two sets of combat utilities (desert and woodland MARPAT [regardless of season]) and all service and dress uniforms ensuring proper fit and appearance including barracks and garrison covers; you are guaranteed to wear them.
- Bring your sword and all its trappings (service belt, frog, sling, etc.); ceremonial participation is a way of life aboard the depot.
- Bring an open mind and a positive attitude; recruit training is a dynamic and demanding process for all involved.