Requesting Permission At P.I.

SDI GySgt Kearney and JDI SSgt Wright

Parris Island, Platoon 374, the private needs to make a head call, but first he has to request permission to speak to the Drill Instructor for the privilege.

SIR, THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISSION TO SPEAK TO THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR SIR!

“I can’t hear you boy!”

SIR! THE PRIVATE REQUESTS PERMISION TO SPEAK TO THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR SIR!

“I still can’t hear you maggot,” (as he grabs a hand full of my stomach), “Sound off like you got a pair.”

SIRRRRTHEPRIVATEREQUESTSPERMISSION TOSPEAKTOTHEDRILLINSTRUCTORSIR!

“You want to beat the Drill Instructor?”

“NO SIR!”

“Yeah you do. You want to beat the Drill Instructor”, (while twisting my stomach). “You and me, we gonna go round and round for hours. We gonna tear up trees, shrubbery and flowers. We goin’ to Greensville.”

And so I learned that Greensville was in the third battalion area of Parris Island, South Carolina where they grow trees, shrubbery, and flowers.

Norm Spilleth
Cpl. 1960-1964

6 thoughts on “Requesting Permission At P.I.”

  1. As a PI DI from 1981-84 2ndBn RTR the answer to the question is that the first series after Jan 1st is the 200 series. Plt 299 is followed by 2200 until Jan 1st rolls around again.

  2. I was in Plt. 437, 1st. BN at Parris Island, from Oct.’54 to Jan. 18, ’55. We were instructed to go to the D.I’s hooch and give three sharp knocks on the “door”, and when the D.I. responded, we were instructed to say, “Sir! Pvt. ____ requests permission to speak to the Drill Instructor!” There was no “Sir” at the end of the request. Usually, the D.I. said, “what do you want,Turd?” Or, “I can’t hear you!” This usually went on for several minutes, then he came up and got in your face. Anybody remember the manual of arms with your locker box? Or, holding the M-1 on the back of your hands, arms extended? Our senior D.I was S/Sgt Plevyak, and he never called us anything but Yardbirds.” The junior D.I’s called us a variety of names that I am sure all are familiar with.

  3. I was in Platoon 374 formed on August 8, 1964. Confusing to say the least. Gunnery Sgt Thacker was our Senior Drill Instructor! Sgt Larry L Coyle 1964 – 1968

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