There is class work every week in the boot camp. According to Recruit's letter this is one of the things he does every day. So what do they learn in Class, which is probably Recruit's least favorite part of boot camp.
"First-phase" education is mostly about the Marine Corps, history, culture, first aid, rank structure, protocol, customs and courtesies. Also the 11 General orders, five paragraph order, equipment prepration, and uniform regulations.
They are taught to use rote memorization and mnemonics to help them remeber everything and are sometimes expected to be able to recite passages or quote in unison.
Everything centers around the Marine Corps Core Values:
1. Honor - Marines are held to the highest standards, ethically and morally. Respect for others is essential. Marines are expected to act responsibly in a manner befitting the title they’ve earned.
2. Courage - Courage is not the absence of fear. It is the ability to face fear and overcome it. It is the moral, mental and physical strength ingrained in every Marine. It steadies them in a time of stress, carries them through every challenge and aids them in facing new and unknown confrontations.
3. Commitment - Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication found in every Marine. It is what compels Marines to serve our country and the Corps. Every aspect of life in the Corps shows commitment, from the high standard of excellence to vigilance in
Being probably the least exciting part of boot camp, and perhaps one of the most classified, there is not a whole lot of information about the course work anywhere.