Getting motivated. Time to get dirty!


October 9, 2006, 03:02 AM

I leave for Butte tomorrow, and from there I will end up at MCRD San Diego for basic training late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. When I make it back here around January, I'll have sweat and bled enough to earn my place amongst The Few and The Proud. Still nervous and excited. Expect to be more so by the time I get on the bus, but this is something I want, so I'll get it done.

That is all. Carry on.

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October 9, 2006, 03:04 AM
Congrats, just do exactly what the Nice Loud Man tells you to do, and you'll be fine.

-MV (USMC Active 1999-2005)

October 9, 2006, 12:57 PM
Thank your for your (future) service. Get strong(er) and stay safe.

I donít know, but Iíve been told you donít want to be the first or last one off the bus that delivers you to basic training. Also you want to have a few things in your pockets you are OK with loosing, but nothing you want to keep.

(Not that you asked.)

Rich K
October 9, 2006, 02:07 PM
Thank you for your service. Now just do EVERYTHING the NICE Drill Instructor tells you to do.:D MCRD, San Diego. Platoon 3099- USMC-1974-1978. OOH RAH.

October 9, 2006, 02:09 PM
God Bless you and keep you safe, and thank you for doing what so many of us can't.

October 9, 2006, 02:12 PM
Good luck and Thankyou!!

October 9, 2006, 02:15 PM
good luck and thanks for your upcoming service.

October 9, 2006, 02:45 PM
Hope to you see you posting again after the New Year. Good luck, and take good notes if you learn anything interesting during Marksmanship to share with the board!

Rev. DeadCorpse
October 9, 2006, 02:56 PM
Ooh-rah! Good luck!

1988 Platoon 1055. '88-94 6027.

October 10, 2006, 12:10 AM
If you make it, you'll be another "Hollywood Marine". Good luck.

Plt. 2077, MCRD
USMC 1974 - 1979

October 10, 2006, 03:01 AM
One word of advice (granted, from a sailor, but what the heck): do NOT watch movies such as Full Metal Jacket right before leaving for basic. A little nervousness is understandable and good. That level (in the case of everybody in my boot company) was just plain funny... ;)

And good luck man!

October 10, 2006, 03:38 AM
I watched Full Metal Jacket about 16 times before I left for boot camp, and it actually made me feel better about things, but then I am nothing if not a little crazy. Here are my tips:

1. Your going to reach a point where your down, and you feel like quitting. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, does. There is no simple answer to this feeling other than to point out that those three months of boot camp will help define your life forever. You must man up and just get through them. In short, the bad days will pass.

2. Learn to never expect anything from the Corps, in boot camp or otherwise. You are guaranteed food, a place to sleep, and the occasional kick in the ass. It is up to you to be a professional, and professionals make their own joy. I never had any expectations going in, and I had a blast. The guys that had their careers planned out 15 years in advance always seemed to be the guys that turned into s-birds. Just saying.

3. Understand that you are going to come out a different man than you went in, and as a result you will have certain expectations on you the rest of your life. Some guys may poo-poo the concepts of Esprit de Corps and Brotherhood, but I don't, and believe me, there are many thousands of other Marines that don't. Trust me, for every drop of sweat and blood that comes out of you, there are literally thousands of us that are rooting you on. I am going to be a college graduate in about three months, and I have done a lot of interesting things in my post-Marine Corps life, but being a Marine is still the thing that I am most proud of, and it always will be.

4. Remember that boot camp is vastly different from the fleet. Take it all seriously, as that is your responsibility as a professional, but also keep in mind that the fleet is a different and substantially more fun place to be than boot camp.

5. Finally, and this sounds cheesy but I swear to god I mean every last word of it, remember the Marines that have went before you. For every pushup, side-straddle hop and mile you run, there have been hundreds of thousands of men before you that did the same thing. Also, keep in mind the Marines that have died for our country. Their sacrifice is so much more meaningful and important than whatever paltry little side pain you feel on a run or whatever. Believe me when I say that you can draw a tremendous amount of strength contemplatinf that. I did.

Good luck. Work hard and be a professional.

Oh, and by the way, you will learn to HATE airplanes at San Diego. Hate them. Passionately. Every day you will have to try and listen to drill commands with a 747 taking off (impossible at first, but you learn to do it), and every day you will see bright shiny tubes transporting hundreds and hundreds of people to far more enjoyable destinations than the one you are at. Trust me, when your in the pit getting pushed and you see "Air Hawaii" take off, you will not like it. Not at all.

October 10, 2006, 04:09 AM
Thank you and Stay safe!

There's nothing wrong with being a Hollywood Marine - at least that's what I (San Diego) tell my brother (Camp LeJeune) when he brings that up.

I second all that TimboKhan said, and might add a couple of things:

1) Unless you screw up, don't take anything in boot camp personally. The DI's are just there to do a hard job, take a bunch of untrained recruits & make them into Marines (or at least get them a good start at it) in just a few short months.

2) Volunteering can work both ways, in any case it will get you noticed. If you and every one you're put in charge of does the job well, it's good. If not, no excuses.

Active duty 1975 - 1980

P.S. My rack was situated so I could look between my feet after lights out & watch the planes taking off. You will hate them.

October 10, 2006, 02:42 PM
Good luck my friend, and thanks in advance. Weather should be great as usual sanD.

Aggie's Revenge
October 10, 2006, 02:58 PM
Good Luck Recruit.

Enjoy your flutter kicks while watching all those nice civilians fly away!

Semper Fi

C 1/1 1997-1998
MCSFCo 1995-1996
PLT 3050 MCRD SD 1994

USMC - Retired
October 10, 2006, 03:23 PM
Have fun Recruit! (insert evil laugh here):evil:

October 10, 2006, 03:35 PM
This is from an old Army guy and I want you to know that I love the Marines. If it were not for them, the Army would have had to come ashore in the Pacific. Learn your craft well and be the best Marine you can be. The old Army story is that you can always tell a Marine, you can't tell them very much but you can always tell them. Semper Fi!

October 10, 2006, 03:43 PM
Good luck and thank you for your service. Weather is nice by the way...I live in SD we may get some rain but I doubt anytime soon.

October 10, 2006, 03:44 PM
When ya get to the recruit depot, be sure and flash the Drill Sergeant a big smile and tell him how pleased you are to meet him and that you're very anxious to get started.

(If ya get a chance...and can remember the name...see if an old salty SSGT named Joe Sink is still stealin' oxygen.)



USMC - Retired
October 10, 2006, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by SoCalShooter-

I live in SD we may get some rain but I doubt anytime soon.

So much for.....

Location: That's for me to know and not you!


October 10, 2006, 04:00 PM
Good luck, and remember, Toes Go In First.

October 10, 2006, 04:03 PM
Thank your for your (future) service. Get strong(er) and stay safe.I couldn't agree more. Thank you for your service.

December 1, 2006, 01:04 AM
Hey guys, just wanted to give you an update on Rob's progress. He's done with phase one and is two weeks from the crusible. His spirits is improving and his last letter we got today sounded more like our normal Rob. Things happened just like you all said it would. My wife, my dad and I are going to be at the graduation. So Thanks for the support. Rob Sr.

December 1, 2006, 08:33 AM
phase 3, middle of december, california mountains, and mount motherf#....

ouch. good luck to the soon to be devil dog.

Plt 2104, 1984-1990

December 1, 2006, 09:34 AM
Rob Sr., from another Marine Corps dad, congratulations and thanks to you and your son. My son did his basic at Parris Island two summers ago, and his MOS as an MP last summer at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. By all means go to the graduation. It'll make you even prouder than you already are.

And to MTMilitiaman: Good luck with the crucible! A prayer sent for your safety and success!

December 1, 2006, 11:44 AM
Good Luck and keep your spirits high!!Ah,good,ole Mt. M%#@*(.....:evil: :cuss:

San Deigo

December 1, 2006, 11:50 AM
Congratulations and best wishes. Thank you for undertaking service to our country.


December 4, 2006, 08:12 PM
Thanks for your relpies. I'm proud of both of my boys. David just got back from Iraq in late Sept. He's in the 101st Airborne. He has just about one year left but it sounds like they'll deploy again before that time and so he'll be extended about 5 to 6 months. Having two sons in wears heavy on my heart. I just want my boys to make it through this time in one piece. Thanks again.

December 4, 2006, 08:28 PM
Thank you for serving your country. I mean that in all honesty and emphasize that because I want to tell you a little story, just for fun, but there might be a small lesson there also. I was in the US Navy and had a buddy who was a marine on the same ship. He told us once that when he got out of Marine boot camp he felt, that since he was a Marine he could lick any man from about any other branch of service, maybe especially sailors. So, he got into a fight sometime later with a sailor and the sailor won. So, go out and be one of the few and the proud and have that esprit de corps.....but.......

I know you will do well in basic. And as everyone else told you...all you have to do is what you are told and take life ONE DAY AT A TIME. That is how to get through about anything...ONE DAY AT A TIME and don't be worrying about tomorrow or yesterday. You only have today.

If I preached don't mean to offend you but a little life experience passed on is the way we all can survive. US Navy 1960-67 Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club 1965 (Look it up)

December 4, 2006, 10:03 PM
From a retired Navy Chief, good luck and thank you for serving.

December 5, 2006, 02:13 AM
When that DI tells you to drop and give him 25 make sure you just say "yes sir" and hit the ground. Smart comments like " one handed or two" really gives the DI's motivation to mess with you. Real simple and direct replys help limit your exposure to "special attention". When you come back home after New Years you'll be a different person, one for the better.
Congrats and good luck.

December 5, 2006, 02:18 AM
ex Army airborne , sick lame an lazy, former teenage hardcore here, sez;
good luck to you. And after Basic, if you do get offered specialized classes or training, do it, you won't regret it down the line, especially if you can jump into some kind of OCS class.

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