I have a quick question for the Marines...
I am currently DEPed in and will be shipping out this Feb. (unfortunately not sooner) but I've always wondered... For those who are on base, whether in the U.S., Or stationed abroad; do you keep your issued rifle with you when you're not in the field or do you return it to the armory whenever you go back to your barracks or what have you and then pick up the same one when needed?
Thank you to all the service men and women out there for everything you all do, I'll be among you soon!
Stays in the Armory.
Normal routine goes something like this:
Get up at 00:30, get dressed and grab your prepacked (and inspected) pack. Be in formation at 01:00, have accountability then march to the Armory.
03:30 Armorer finally shows up and issues weapons.
04:00 Another accountability formation, all serial numbers and individuals social security numbers added to the kill charts. March to the LZ to wait for transport.
13:30 Transport shows up.
When you return from the field, the procedure is normally reversed.
So do you always grab the same weapon as you did the time before? (by serial number or something like that)
Because otherwise you'd get a weapon with a zero entirely different then your previous weapon. And I couldn't see that being of any help to anybody...
Normally you are assigned a weapon and that is the one you draw out each time.
Of course the Armory might have lent that weapon to some Pogue that doesn't normally have a weapon so they have a rifle to use on the rifle range. Then you get your rifle back dirty and zeroed for someone else.
AFTER boot camp, you will go to a unit and get issued a rifle. That is your rifle for the duration of your assignment, whether it's one year or three years. The rifle stays checked into the armory. You check it out to clean it (usually once a week mandatory), or when you go train with it, and deploy. When you are done, it goes back in the armory.
Thank you everyone for the info! I can't wait to ship!