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Marines receive a class on the effects of tobacco use from MCCS employee Jamie Morris at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Jan. 13th, 2015. The class was one in a series of annual Back in the Saddle training classes. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Varney/Released)

Photo by Lance Cpl. Christian Varney

Barracks Marines get back in the saddle

16 Jan 2015 | Lance Cpl. Christian Varney Marine Barracks

After the holiday season, Marines are coming back from leave and getting back to work. This is a perfect time of year to complete annual training requirements and start preparing for the parade season.


Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., started their annual “Back in the Saddle” (BITS) training this week consisting of classes of several topics. These topics ranged from Requesting Mast to keeping social media accounts secure.


In addition to basic Marine Corps policies, the Marines also took classes on nutritional health, sexual health and the effects of tobacco use.


Lance Cpl. Matthew Wisby, a ceremonial marcher in B Company, said that the training is a good way to keep the Marines’ minds sharp.


“The voting class was the most helpful,” said Wisby, “I had no idea how to vote being a member of the military.”


Guard Company, Company B and Headquarters and Service Company received their briefs this week while the other companies will begin training the week of Jan. 19th.


“We live such busy lifestyles that someone might forget something as simple as equal opportunity,” said Wisby, “It is always good to review these kinds of subjects.”