Smith Dalrymple and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Smith Dalrymple spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Smith Dalrymple received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
Smith Dalrymple and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony.