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Getting motivated. Time to get dirty!

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by MTMilitiaman, Oct 9, 2006.

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  1. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Member

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    OORAH!

    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.
     
  2. MatthewVanitas

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    Congrats, just do exactly what the Nice Loud Man tells you to do, and you'll be fine.

    -MV (USMC Active 1999-2005)
     
  3. LaEscopeta

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    Thank your for your (future) service. Get strong(er) and stay safe.

    I don’t know, but I’ve been told you don’t 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.)
     
  4. Rich K

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    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.
     
  5. Mornard

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    God Bless you and keep you safe, and thank you for doing what so many of us can't.
     
  6. Iggy

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    Good luck and Thankyou!!
     
  7. coinshooter

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    good luck and thanks for your upcoming service.
     
  8. psyopspec

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    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!
     
  9. Rev. DeadCorpse

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    Ooh-rah! Good luck!

    1988 Platoon 1055. '88-94 6027.

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  10. RocketMan

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    If you make it, you'll be another "Hollywood Marine". Good luck.

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  11. Strings

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    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!
     
  12. TimboKhan

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    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.
     
  13. CliffH

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    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.
     
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    Good luck my friend, and thanks in advance. Weather should be great as usual sanD.
     
  15. Aggie's Revenge

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    Good Luck Recruit.

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

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    Have fun Recruit! (insert evil laugh here):evil:
     
  17. ORAG

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    Good Luck and Good Shooting

    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!
     
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    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.
     
  19. 1911Tuner

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    Uncle Sam's Misguided Children

    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.)

    :evil:

    oorah...
     
  20. USMC - Retired

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    So much for.....

    :banghead:

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  21. wingnutx

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    Good luck, and remember, Toes Go In First.
     
  22. Eightball

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    I couldn't agree more. Thank you for your service.
     
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    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.
     
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    phase 3, middle of december, california mountains, and mount motherf#....

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

    Plt 2104, 1984-1990
     
  25. Legionnaire

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    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!
     
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