These footprints are the door mat that lead into MCRD. A drill instructor (DI) is the backbone for
building the Corps fighting force. He greets you upon arrival, "Hurry up get off the bus".
As other DI's begin to swarm like sharks around the bus load of recruits. "Get on the yellow footprints.
Get the Hell off the Bus. What's taking you ladies so long." As fast as that you leave the world as you've known it and begin to wonder what the hell are you doing here?
Why did you leave mom and dad for this life anyways? Mom and Dad never treated me like this.
A time for indoctrination
into the Marine Corps
The sights (which you can't
enjoy since looking around will get you into the rose garden) and sounds MCRD is of marching platoons.
Drill sergeants singing cadence. Recruits hurrying. The haircut a brief moment with a barber, "How
would you like it cut son". No matter what you told him you rush from the chair and find that your as
bald as everyone else.
You will find yourself alone in the
middle of all the other recruits.
If you've had R.O.T.C
training then this will help you.
Now the fun begins forget
about waking up at noon time. You rise and shine at 0400. You will know the position of attention. You will
become familiar with the term squared away. You will get a lesson on how to request permission to speak. You will
have to request to speak to the drill instructor. The term "you" is obsolete in the military. The term
"I" is obsolete in the military. You is a female sheep. I is the body part you see with. Forget
about looking around, scratching and moving around for the entire day because you won't be able to do this but for an
hour just before you hit the rack.
The position of attention is simple. Palms are inborn, feet at a 45 degree
angle, eyeballs straight to the front, your fingers are curled up but not tight, your thumbs aligned along your trouser seam.
Sounds complicated it's not. Believe me you will know how
to stand at the position of attention. If you don't know your going to know after the day is over.
This is the flower bed to humility. MCRD's way to discipline through
physical pain. A combination of exercises performed as fast or as slow as the drill instructors direct you. You
must know when you do go to the rose garden that you won't be there all day. Keep trying. Keep going.
Tell yourself that you can and you will. Most recruits avoided the rose garden. I requested permission at the
start of everyday to go to the rose garden. This isn't recommended for anyone to try.
The best food is served at MCRD. The chow hall is a great place to eat. The only problem with this if
you eat a lot once you get outside remember training has just begun. You'll be running and doing pt so don't
overdo it. Another quality of the chow hall. Don't
think you going to walk in get what you want and sit down have conversation and leave. You march to the chow hall sometimes
you'll double time there. Only to have the di's turn you around. Don't be discouraged because you'll
get in to eat. You'll enter in squads, marching in, facing movements, side-step through the line. Your entire
platoon will remain with trays in hands while your feet will be at a 45 degree angle. Your DI will tell you "Seat".
You eat at the position of attention. Your feet at a 45 degree angle your hand that's not holding the fork will
be on your trouser seam. You will look forward and quickly eat. Don't think you have all the time in the world.
Once you start you'll hear "get up your done". That's it meals over.
So you ask what is the training like?
You'll be subjected to the most pressure put on you that the drill instructors
can think of. The pressure check is when 2 drill instructors tell you to do 2 different things. They want to see
how you react to verbal conflict. They want to make everyone uncomfortable and produce an environment that is similar
to what you'll see during your tour of duty. This warfare doesn't stop or end. It's continues on throughout
The Parade Deck
Just think how many boots
have marched on the asphalt of that Parade deck. If you told me to describe the base and where everything is located
I couldnt do it. If you told me, fall out for drill everyone who has been a Marine would be able to march no matter
how long ago you graduated from MCRD.
This is your private vehicle to get from one place to another in boot camp.
Your marching from barracks to chow hall from the chow hall to the class room. Throw in a few trips to the dirt to visit
the rose garden. But the mechanism of total teamwork is marching. Drill is the center piece of the Marine
Corps. The dress blue uniform is a beautiful piece of cloth. The uniform is nothing without the Marines in
it. The uniform comes alive when everyone is in step.
Lllllleeeffft, Riiiight, Lefty, right a low, right
a low, column right arch. Pivot and step, pivot and step alignment to the right. Hey don't round off
the pivot point.
The Corps has changed right along with the world.
They tell me it's a nicer sweeter Corps of Drill Instructors. They've given into a teaching more than a drilling.
But I don't think that in a combat area you'd want someone to pamper you through training. As the tactics change
and so does the terrain. The instruction must keep up with the times.
Graduating from the Marine Corps Ceremony isn't like any other graduation. You
march and receive your next assignment/school. You don't get to talk and lounge around. It's much the
same as the first day. But after Graduation when you get leave you'll find yourself slowly adapting to looking around.
But you'll never be the same after MCRD. Till this day I find myself at the position of attention when I'm driving.
But you'll take away the discipline of yourself that most people don't know about or don't care about.