Chambers and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. Chambers 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.
The recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
Chambers and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values -- honor, courage and commitment.
Training ended with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony, in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.
He participated in basic military training and advanced individual training.
During basic training, Blackburn received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons qualification, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid; and Army doctrine, history, principles and traditions.
During advanced individual training, he completed the military police specialist course to learn skills to provide combat area support, conduct battlefield circulation control, area security, prisoner of war operations, civilian internee operations, and law and order operations.
He also learned how to provide peacetime support to the military community through security, crime prevention programs, and preservation of law and order.