12 Days of Boot Camp Ditty

Sgt. Grit: To the best of my recollection, here is the 12 days of boot camp ditty. I’m sure there were many variations of this:

On the 1st day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, a haircut that wasn’t worth a f***.

On the 2nd day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 2 pairs of boots,

On the 3rd day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 3 Drill Instructors,

On the 4th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 4 sets of cammies,

On the 5th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 5 o’clock reveille,

On the 6th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 6 pairs of socks,

On the 7th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 7 Daily Seven,

On the 8th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 8 minute pit calls,

On the 9th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 9 o’clock Taps,

On the 10th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 10 general orders,

On the 11th day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, 11 miles of humping,

On the 12 day of boot camp, the Marine Corps gave to me, T-1 again!

It always seemed that the 1st day part was sung with a lot of gusto! Semper Fi! Darren Hungness Cpl 81-85

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5 comments


  • Brian Mc Guinn

    Seems to me in PLT 2117 [CO Golf, 2BN, RTR, MDRD Dago 731203-740304] we had three sets of OG Utilities and Four DIs. Plt Cmdr SSgt L Rainey, Sr DI GySgy Hall, DI SSgt Flournoy, and Jr DI Sgt Marks.


  • Harry 1371

    Good one but, not the one I remember. 11th General I remember is ” Walk your post from flank to flank; take no shit from any rank.”


  • CWO-5 Noble Callaway

    11th General Order, Never dip your wick in a WACK or ride the crest of a Wave.


  • Harry 1371

    On the 10th day he received 10 general orders. I learned later that there are actually 11. Anyone know the 11th general order?


  • Arthur L. Overbey

    Semper Fi Marines. Doc Overbey


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