Marines Take Precautions With Dangerous Heat

With the dangerous temperatures, Marines at Camp Lejeune saw black flags across the base for most of the day, warning them of the excessive heat.

The temperature reached 98 degrees with the heat index well into the hundreds.

The black flag is the highest level in the Marine Corps automated heat stress system. And although it doesn't stop all training, it changes some of the guidelines that are followed while the flag is on the mast.

Each flag color has a specific work to rest ratio that is followed. For example, on a black flag day, even easy work has a limit of 50 minutes before a 10 minute break

The black flag is raised when equipment on base reaches 90-degrees and above.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jul 23, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Too many were needlessly dying from heat stroke years back. Some sort of warning system had to be put into place.
  • by mom on Jul 23, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    God Bless you all as you continue to train to keep our country safe...
  • by DS1 on Jul 23, 2011 at 07:11 AM
    Marines? The Air Force is the real branch of the military.
  • by John 0341 Mortars, I made It Location: Across the street from ITB on Jul 22, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    Many black flag days that we just kept doing what we do--- work hard, PT everyday and have fun. Semper Fi' old guys from 92-96!!
  • by Jeff on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Vickie, for some reason i sense some sarcasm in your statement....
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Jul 22, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    Gotta love our Military men and women!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 06:40 PM in reply to Vickie
      Amen, they are American heros.

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