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Got Disciplined...JUSTIFIED...This S**T is SERIOUS!!!!

I started USMC Recruit Training April 29, 2002 with 2ND Battalion, Golf Company… I received discipline during Week 7(Rifle Week) of USMC Boot Camp Parris Island while practicing marching. Senior Drill Instructor sent me to the side after I made an incorrect motion, and I found myself in front of a extremely energized DI who was about to teach me the consequences of incorrect actions in presence of the SDI…ordering myself and several other recruits who messed up as well to begin exercising in full battle gear, oh it hurt…At the end of punishment exercises the DI ordered us to “port arms” with the M16A4…I obviously was not holding the rifle tight enough, because as the DI smacked the rifle while still in the “port arms” position the rifle swung back and struck my face causing my eyebrow to bleed, which was obviously noticable…I know that it was my mistake that caused this whole situation anyways…there were no options to fix this situation, way too much blood…The battalion was ordered to return to the barracks, the SDI staring at me all the while I took a quick glance at him as I ran past…while in formation a short while, the SDI pulled me aside to a private area one on one…I was questioned about incident and I stuck to the facts, just the facts…nothing was ever said or brought up concerning this incident as well nothing should have…bottom line is USMC Recruit Training is the MOST SERIOUS military training anyone can receive in order to keep our beloved America safe, day in and day out…Many recruits are not built to handle a career in the US Marine Corps…filtering these recruits by such discipline saves US Marines lives everyday whether on the battlefield or on duty on base…God Bless the US Marine Corps it’s Marines…Recruit Training is what gives each Marine his foundation on what a Marine is…The proof is in the final product…There is no “basic” military training in the world produces any finer product than a US MARINE…OOHRAH!…SEMPER FIDELIS! Love ya’ll…
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Pat Connell - April 6, 2020

Platoon 3109 MCRD San Diego June-Sept 1970. Served from 1970 to 1974, discharged as a Cpl. Vietnam Vet. Loved the Corps and have now been in the Marine Corps League for the last 35 years and am the Commandant for the Department of Arizona. I get to hang around Marines everyday. Never happier than when I am with my Marines – that includes family. Just something about us that makes us more comfortable around Marines who think and feel the same way about the Corps. Semper Fi my brothers!!

SSGT G.L.Dodds 1967-1974 Vietnam 68-70 - April 6, 2020

God bless the Corps may it last forever,have been a Marine since I raised my hand April 8th 1967,Ihave never regretted being a Marine.Semper Fi.

Robert K. - April 6, 2020

Semper Fi you are so right. 67–71

GySgt B. G. Yarbrough Boot camp May 69 to Aug 69 Vitenam 1970-1971 Desert Storm 1990-1991 - April 6, 2020

MCRD San Diego 2nd Bn Plt 2098 May 1969
Best damn thing that happened to me. My older brother and much bigger brother always beat my ass when we were growing up and my dad (WWII squid) never said anything about it. Even his harsh style of raising us was nothing to Boot camp. I enjoyed it every day as I kept in mind that this was going to make a man of me. My brother joined the Navy, and all he did was play all the sports on the Sand Diego base sports teams, what a job to do in the Navy. After Boot Camp I went to Pendelton for ITR, while there my brother picked me up for a week end at his apt in San Diego, well we got into it me all of 5’7″ and he 6’3″ and he out weighted me by 100lbs. His girlfriend was ther and he started his picking on me, to make a long story short the fight didn’t last long as he was laying on the floor bleeding profusely around the nose and lips and cuts in his eyebrows. I made him take me back to Pendelton. Most satisfying moment I have ever had with my brother. that was fall of ’69, and today we still do not speak to each other.

JOHN ENGEL - April 6, 2020

I GUESS AS I READ THIS & REPLY’S, I AM OLD SCHOOL.PLT.109 1958 AT P.I. IT WAS TOUGH THEN & SHOULD ALWAYS BE SO.EVEN THE COOK HAD TO BE A MARINE. HAVE BEEN USING THAT TRAINING ALL THRU MY LIFE. MARINE FLAG IN DRIVEWAY,HOUSE & VEHICLES. MAYBE OLD NOW, BUT NEVER FORGOT. WHEN I SEE A FELLOW MARINE IN A RESTAURANT I ALWAY’S GIVE A BIG SEMPER FI. IF THERE IS A WW2 VET THERE FROM ANY SERVICE, I BUY THEM THERE MEALS. JUST PLAN RESPECT.

Gerald Tremblay - April 6, 2020

Feb 1965 I went to Boot Camp Parris Island SC. The 2nd week of training we got another DI for the total of 3 DI’s. The newest one joined us the 2nd week and made his point that to be a Marine you must be able to handle anything thrown at you. Vietnam was getting hotter and he just returned from duty there. To make a point to us he back handed the first recruit. The recruit started to bleed but said nothing at that moment the DI turned around and saw the recruit standing there bleeding. The DI had a shock look told the recruit to follow him, the recruit did. Sickbay, asked what happened, I fell. They restitch his mouth where he had teeth removed the day before. The DI asked why I didn’t turn him in, You didn’t know i had teeth removed. We stopped by his house had coffee went back to training. Never said anything about it until now.

Kevin M. Keener - April 6, 2020

1977 MCRD SD, Plt 1101; Sgt. Colmenares (sp.?) had duty this night and we were at hygiene inspection. He was known for always bouncing a golf ball, anyway this night one of our fellow recruits was farting around on top of his foot locker behind the Drill Instructors back. Every time he would face to the next recruit, the pinhead would stop. thinking he was getting away with it, he failed to consider those nice big concrete pillars and Sgt. Colmenares bounced that golf ball at him, which on concrete acceles off the bounce; smacked him right in the temple and knocked him off the foot locker. except for “get back up there crazy”, nothing more was said. The recruit tattlefaced at the next health and welfare inspection and Sgt C. was moved to the sister series across the way. It sucked because he was the coolest of all our Drill instructors and we were quick to learn 1) when he says it you do it and nothing goes wrong and 2) if you fail #1…….you will pay dearly.

CPL. JOHN IANNONE - April 6, 2020

June 1967 Parris Island Vietnam 67-68 2an Battalion 5th Marines 106s RR Hotel battle for HUE CITY. I was 19 and now 68 it is 50 year for me. Iam as PROUD to be a Marine than and still PROUD today. SEMPER FI TO ALL MY BROTHERS

James L Moore - April 6, 2020

Parris Island is a real tough place but they make men out of you love the brotherhood of the marines I know I went through hell on the Island and glad I did semper fi brothers I was there in 1973

Gunny Jim Ogilvie USMC Ret - April 6, 2020

The facts are: We train in the warrior ethos — we weed out the weak and non-believers in Boot Camp, we want a brother Marine on our left and right we trust with our life on the battle fields, and I as good as them !!! The Marines today are as good as any in the past years, we need to keep our values and training HARD to be the best on any field of battle. I’m partial to P.I., my boot was in the summer of 61, and it was just as good as the movie we saw “The D.I., with Jack Webb. We kid our fellow warriors about “Hollywood”, but it’s in jest since there is no other service that is on par with ours !! Enjoyed my 22 years – went to FMCR as a Gunny (deemed in my book) as the best rank a Marine can have, right hand man for the Skipper in the field and garrison. FSgt of course is the senior Non-Com of the company, but I always thought of a FSgt as the senior Unit Punishment Book Clerk (sorry top), but yall know it’s true !
With that – I say Semper Fi brothers, keep our colors high, have success and stay proud — YOUR MARINES !!!!

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