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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.


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