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01-14-09, 01:31 PM #61
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01-14-09, 02:45 PM #65
Let's not jump to conclusions, he could of been sent home due to illness or family emergency. I had a kid in my platoon like that.
01-14-09, 04:30 PM #66
01-14-09, 04:59 PM #67
The was a poolee in my RSS's pool that went to bootcamp but there was some sort of clerical error and he was sent home after two weeks and he had to go to MEPS and do everything all over again... He shipped on Monday I believe.
01-14-09, 07:29 PM #68
I'm not jumping on his side, but he could have gone down to MCRD SD on a JROTC trip. I went down to PI for a week with my JROTC but I know it was nothing quite like the real thing. He is talking like he has been there, kinda sketchy.
01-14-09, 10:01 PM #69
I honestly can say I never really had any misconceptions, but I didn't know what it was going to be like either. I feel what it was like, is what I had anticipated for the most part. Some of the most memorable and Fu$%ed Up things I can think of are as follows.
1. The first time I had firewatch we had a recruit who had a seizure his body locked up like a stiff board. Myself and the other firewatch had to carry him into the duty hut. That was weird and creepy to me, never had seen something like that before.
2. We had our guide from receiving get fired two days after picking up, then a week or two he got dropped to MRP
3. One of our guys Recruit Stevens was overweight, he graduated skinny as hell, and our Senior called him his most improved recruit.
4. While up north, my hooch mate broke his hip, and I had to carry mine and his gear, and rifle the rest of the way through the Crucible. But I got his leftover MRE's. He came back and graduated with us, with a fu$%ed up hip.
5. I marched for the Second Squad Squad Leader in drill alot because he sucked a$$. I was normally right behind first squad leader, in regular formation. My Senior DI and Heavy called me there back up Squad Leader lol.
6. My heavy asked me during our last week, while doing admin stuff. Who General Lejeune was. The thing was he called me over in a private manner, and asked who Lejeune was, but he said in in fuc#$ed up way so that it sounded like he was saying someone else. I maintained bearing, and told him who General Lejuene was, but told him I didn't have a clue to who the hell he was talking about. He laughed and very politley told me to go away..
Those are just as few of mine. Some other things include the Planes taking off from San Deigo International Sucking, Having to watch new Marines on Family Day sucking. Watching the Recruits come off the Crucible all dirty, limping, with cammie paint still on there faces going to the chow hall. I thought they were hardcore. The biggest thing I look back on now and laugh about is while on a hump our DI's would yell "AT&T Reach Out and Touch Somebody" then we would have to grab the recruits pack in front of us. I was with 2nd Bn Echo Company, I still to this day feel we had the hardest, and meanist DI's in the Corps. We don't call it Evil Echo for nothing. Man those were the days. Would do it all over again just for some vacation.
01-14-09, 10:13 PM #70
Rah echo3, I was Echo as well. My biggest misconception about boot was that it was going to be physically overwhelming. During PT, I never felt like I couldn't keep up. It wasn't easy but it wasn't as hard as what I'd expected. Normally I had my head screwed on pretty straight so I didn't get slayed too often. One thing I was surprised was how much stronger I got. I managed 8 pull ups on the IST. The next four weeks, we PT'd about three times a week...I didn't feel like the PT was adequate and was worried about the first PFT during week 4. Ended up getting 17 pull-ups. Another thing I learned about half way through the cycle was that there's a method to all of the madness the Drill Instructors enforce...everything was for a reason no matter how stupid it seemed at the time.
01-14-09, 10:15 PM #71
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01-14-09, 10:26 PM #73
think they were talking about ECHO company; just a shot in the dark. Anywho, I suppose a big misconception that I had about boot camp was that was where you became a Marine and I was wrong. You "earn the title" there but you become a MARINE much later and there is no magic moment in time when it happens. Fear not, poolees, you will be a Marine. Just saying walking the grinder don't mean ****. Kind of an ongoing process, I suppose...
01-15-09, 05:48 AM #74
Biggest Misconception about Boot Camp
We were all laughing until we went through the Main Gate at Parris Island.
Then you could have heard a pin drop.
Then the bus stops and the DI came on and said: Maggots you have three minuets to get off this bus and two of them are gone.
After lining up on the foot prints at attention I could here my brother in law's last words to me: You are Crazy joining the Marines.
He had just got out of the Navy.
Remember I was just 18 years old and hadn't been anywhere before.
I was in Platoon 327 third battalion. Third battalion was said to be soft but it was no different than first or second. The only thing different was we had brick barracks.
We were close to the confident course and track field.
We ran three miles in the morning and three miles at night.
I was not prepared but loved it and proud to be a Marine.
Semper Fi to all. Redman1
P.S. I really like this site. I haven't thought of these things in years.
01-15-09, 11:02 AM #75
SDI SSgt Kolveck
DI SSgt Rodriguez
DI SSgt Coffey
DI SSgt Bachman
I absolutely loved boot camp. My favorite part was firewatch, I don't know why but it was. I was in the building by the parade deck parking lot, the wing directly overlooking the lot and from the corner window, I could see a very small opening between the buildings in the direction of SATO in the distance where I could see the car lights on the freeway at night. Around 4AM a black 05ish Mustang GT that was loud as hell would come in. I usually woke up when they shut the fan off an hour before lights. No planes would take off during this hour for some reason either.
Sorry if I seem like a poser but I am not. I was there and I loved every minute of it. There was just something about MCRD SD at night that was very....'peaceful'.
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