Sick Bay Commandos Call

Our second day of boot camp at MCRD the drill instructor called for all sick bay commandos to step forward one boot did the Di asked what his problem was an he said he had a ear ache the DI said what ear he told the DI which one he walks around takes hold of it pulls on it looks into it goes back around an say he couldn’t see anything wrong an was the boot sure it hurt yes he said the DI goes back looks again comes back around say he didn’t see any thing wrong. So he asked again how bad does it hurt boot says real bad sir the Di said well tell me which side hurts worse a slaps the boot upside the head his cover goes flying he goes down like a sack of dirt. DI drags him to his feet replaces his cover sideways an ask did he still need to go to sickbay now. Course the answer was a loud NO SIR.The rest of us did at least a 150 to 200 squat thrusts for laughing BUT NOBODY ever fell out for sick call again.

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8 thoughts on “Sick Bay Commandos Call”

  1. I recall one of our privates going to sick bay one morning..he was really sick too. After a bunch of crap by one of the DI’s he went. When he got back, another grilling, and his prescription was ‘impounded’..when it was time for him to take a pill, the DI would call him out of formation, take one of his pills from the bottle, tell the recruit to ‘OPEN’, fire a pill in his mouth, and then tell him to CHEW. He told him it would work faster that way…hehe.. Ah…the good times !! Plt 1096 San Diego, 1966

  2. Some individuals are just sadists, and they tend to gravitate toward positions of authority which afford them the opportunity to mistreat others with immunity. Unfortunately “Marine Drill Instructor” just happens to be one of those positions. The fact that recruits don’t “rat-out” these individuals more often must be due to something akin to the “Stockholm Syndrome” or some such condition. Mind you, I’m not indicting all D.I.s here, (I hold most of them in high regard) but rather recognizing that there are those (and we all know who they are) that don’t belong among their ranks. Enabling sadism by confusing it with “tough love” diminishes us all.

    1. BILL ARE YOU FOR REAL OR ON DRUGS. DID THE MARINE BOOT CAMP NOT TEACH YOU ANYTHING. MAYBE YOU SHOULD HAVE ENLISTED IN THE WACS OR WAVES. EVEN OFFICERS DONT TALK LIKE YOU. MAYBE YOU ARE FROM SAN FRANCISCO AND HAD FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR DURING VIETNAM. SOME FREE ADVICE DO NOT JOIN THE VFW.

  3. I attended Marine Corps finishing school at PI in the winter of 70/71. I didn’t request sick bay, it just happened. I wasn’t feeling well, and we had just finished a run. I went up to one of my DIs (think R. Lee Ermey in “Full Metal Jacket”, but without the sense of humor and about a foot shorter). When I opened my mouth to inform that I wasn’t feeling well I projectile vomited all over his nicely starched utilities. His faced indicated that he couldn’t believe what just happened, he just pointed and yelled “Sick Bay” at me. Ambulatory pneumonia got me another shot and a day’s bed rest.

  4. I was in a platoon of recruits from the Rocky Mountain states at MCRD SD and the maritime climate went just clobbered our platoon. I vowed that no matter how bad I felt I was NOT going to report for sick bay and be thought of as a slacker. That is until I passed in the chow line with double pneumonia. After 2 weeks recovering in the hospital was set back into a platoon of Cajuns. My family never did understand why I came home for leave with a Cajun accent after that. I got out of that situation with a profound respect and affection for our corpsmen and the Navy’s medical staff.

  5. I shouldn’t be surprised that my post would arouse a Neanderthal out there somewhere. I am however disappointed to find such invective coming from someone who purports to speak for the VFW, whose members, I would think, are the least likely to feel their masculinity threatened by revealing a little humanity. Brendan, I’m sure you know what you can do with your “free advice”, and in the future, if you don’t have something relevant to contribute to the topic under discussion then just STFU. Semper Fi!

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