Making Marines – A Drill Instructor’s Story

first published on February 4, 2016 by

The storied Marine Corps Recruit Training process shown from the perspective of the Marine Corps’ Drill Instructors. Would you like to know more?

Every single moment you’re in the delayed-entry program, you are thinking about the second you will step on those yellow footprints. Your quest, and thirst for knowledge about the 3 months of training you will endure, is never ending. You know directly from the start, that they aren’t promising you a rose garden, but you’ve probably never thought about the men and women who make Marines.

Here’s what Boot Camp looks like from the perspective of a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. Not all of these men and women come from ground combat arms military occupational specialties. In-fact, a good number of them are administrative assistants, heavy equipment operators, or even cooks. This in no way makes them less qualified to make Marines.

Each of the individuals in the short documentary you are about to watch, was selected, trained, and motivated to makes Marines. They spend countless hours instructing recruits, and molding them into the Marines that will win wars. Some of these individuals sacrifice their families, their personal health, and even their own sanity, in order to make the best Marines they possibly can.

To the Poolee watching this video on the never ending quest for knowledge, I wish you fair winds and following seas.

To the Drill Instructors of MCRD San Diego, and Parris Island, I salute you. Semper Fidelis.

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