DI Motivation and Inspiration

We all have something our DI’s said to us or made us do. Something that inspires and motivates us to this day. Send me your example.

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Sgt Grit

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  • Cpl Bob Korean ERA

    I got called to the DI’s Office while going through boot camp in 1950 at MCRDSAN. I was really nervous. Thought I must be in real trouble. After reporting in as you are supposed to, the DI asked, are you from Oklahoma. Sir Yes Sir! Well that’s great. I am too and you are going to be the honor recruit in our platoon, you understand. Sir Yes Sir! Dismissed and get with it. Sir Yes Sir! Broke my kneecap and had to spend time in the hospital during training. Got setback, so didn’t have to live up to his expectations. Guess he was disappointed.


  • Sgt. James

    NO EXCUSE, SIR: Drill Instructor: “Are you dead, Scumbucket?” Recruit: “Sir, No Sir.” Drill Instructor: “Why are you not dead, Scumbuctet?” Recruit: “Sir, No excuse, Sir.” Drill Instructor: “Outstanding…carry on.”


  • MICHAEL FELCH “Head cold”

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU… QUONSET HUTS, PLATOON 1135 MCRD S.DIEGO 1966… S/SGT.BLUE, SGT. MC GEEN AND SGT. PALACIO… NEVRE TO BE FORGOTTEN…


  • Ron Hoffman

    One day a DI came in and as we stood at attention at the foot of our racks, he complained that someone in one of the other Quonset huts tried to cut his wrist. He said he was tired of hauling ass****’s like that to the hospital. He then proceeded to explain that we should jab into the wrist and cut everything. That way we would be sure to be dead before he had to take us to the hospital. With a bayonet in hand, just before he walked out the front door he turned and through the bayonet the length of the Quonset hut and stuck it in the back door. With all of us staring at the bayonet he walked out.


  • Jim Brower (1961-1964)

    I really learned many things from Boot Camp (MCRD-San Diego) and my DIs. The two that have followed me throughout my life is that if I managed to survive today, I should be able to survive tomorrow. Getting chewed out by the DIs was a great lesson for being out in the real world. All of my civilian bosses were such amateurs at ass chewings compared to Marine Corps DIs. When I was the boss in different situations I knew how to get my point across to my subordinates because I had great teachers in the Corps.


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