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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12 comments


  • Noble Callaway III

    CWO-5 Noble Callaway

    The 12th General Order was Never dip you wick in a Wac are ride the crest of a Wave.

    Semper Fi


  • Sgt R. “Sal” Salinas USMC Nam- 67-68 69-70

    All the responses are great! I will add one: NO PAIN NO GAIN! The second week of marching we all screw up bad. We all had to go on a simply 3 mi run and continue with the Obstacle Course. I was so tire and fell off the rope course landed like a sack of potatoes. I taught my left foot was broke, but didn’t complain until three days later, when I couldn’t get my boot on. Knocked on DI’s door. Enter, got shew out for walking into his office with one boot on. Explain my situation. Got shew out again and his famous word MAGOT, this is the Marine Corp. I was in sickbay for 1 week and dropped from my platoon, assigned to another one.


  • G. Willard 0311, 8651/0321, 8511,….

    Yeah, mistake or two but still a great post Darren. SEMPER FI!
    Cpl. Bob Korea: Funny, and they were saying the same thing in the ’60’s when I was there and ’70’s when my brother was there. How many of us actually listened? They did say never go by yourself. I didn’t….go by myself that is LOLOL.


  • Sgt. Michael P. Verrecchia 63-67

    Way back in the summer of 1963 we called it a ” Head Call ” in Plt. 339.


  • Jim Hart

    Sounds like you had it easy, we got everything including the hair cut the same day. We got our Blues on the day before graduating for being the first to all qualifying as expert on the range and passing all the training. We trained 14 hours each day. I had one one in my group that killed himself on the range because of a letter he received from his parents.


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