The Making Of A United State Marine Corps Drill Instructor

first published on May 11, 2017 by

Drill Instructors make Marines, but not every Marine can be a D.I. This is how a United States Marine Corps Drill Instructor is made.

After serving your first contract with the Marines, generally you are expected to go serve at what is known as a special duty assignment if you decide to stick around for further enlistments. These SDAs, as they are called, range from being a Marine Security Guard aboard an embassy, to being a Recruiter stationed somewhere in the United States. One of the toughest routes, that Marines rarely choose to take, is becoming a Drill Instructor that turns young civilians into United States Marines.

In order to become a Drill Instructor, one most attend in the D.I. school, and complete a series of events. At the end of the course, a Marine will earn the title of D.I. before they go across the street and make basically trained Marines. The video below is just a taste of the beginning of this rigorous process. By the time it is finished, you will understand why so few Marines decide to take this route and earn the title of Drill Instructor.