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Training day AD-4: Drill Instructor School Graduation

19 Dec 2007 | 14 Comments | Continue reading »

“These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of Corps and country. I will demand of them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standards of personal conduct, morality […]

Training days 53-55: Crucible observation

16 Dec 2007 | 2 Comments | Continue reading »

From “Rite of Passage: Making Basic Training Tougher” by Jim Garamone, 23 February 2004. Images meticulously selected and edited by yours truly. “We have two missions in the Marine Corps — to win battles and make Marines,” said Col. Bob Hayes, assistant deputy chief of staff for operations and training at the recruit depot here. […]

Dead Marine’s poem

11 Dec 2007 | 8 Comments | Continue reading »

Get Together by The Youngbloods. The #10 song in the country in 1969. Get Together by The Youngbloods After two and a half months of aimlessly wandering the halls of Drill Instructor School, I noticed this poem for the first time today. It was sandwiched between a couple of Vietnam-era uniforms and assorted memorabilia in […]

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The author.Born in the year of the Dragon, the author grudgingly accepts the fact he has too many interests and not enough time. A cyclist as long as he can remember, an avid yet inconsistent writer since age eleven, and a U.S. Marine since age twenty-one, the author also adds peak bagging, diving, snowboarding, and computers to his list of interests. Incidentally, he is aware of his inability to make a living from any but the Corps. The author accepts this as fact and remains optimistic. Feel free to drop him a line.

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