The Marine Corps established its first post at Port Royal, South Carolina, later known as Parris Island this day in 1891!
Frequently asked “How was boot camp”? Well, it wasn’t drinks by the poolside!
Yelled at, screamed at, made to worn green camouflage uniforms with trousers unbloused, issued birth control glasses, forced to shower with 50 guys or women depending on your sex, issued ink sticks, trousers, blouses, incredibly dull boots dire in need of a shine, learned never to volunteer for a damn thing, shuffled to the side as you progressed through the daily chow lines, forced to bend and thrust, do pullups till your knuckles bled, situps till your insides were outside, shared a rack with a complete stranger, learned to clean and polish every square inch of a squad bay, cleaned a shower with a toothbrush and learned that a head is not something attached to your neck. Agonizing hours spent sitting Indian style until you lost all feeling in all your extremities were also callings for the day.
You learned to fire an M-14, M-16, M16A2, M4, 9mm or possibly a 45. ACP. Your mother was a tall, muscle bound Staff Sergeant who was designed out of spare parts of fallen Marines and his two friendly assistants, Sergeant Kick Ass and his partner Sergeant “I am Going to Make you throw up all day long”. These were your only friends for the 3 months of basic training and honestly they weren’t your friends.
The M16A2 service rifle is a lightweight air-cooled, gas-operated, magazine-fed shoulder weapon. It fires a 5.56 mm ball projectile at a muzzle velocity of 2,800 feet per second. This is my rifle. Repeat after me.
Or How About This?
11 General Orders
General Order 1
To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
General Order 2
To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
General Order 3
To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
General Order 4
To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
General Order 5
To quit my post only when properly relieved.
General Order 6
To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.
General Order 7
To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
General Order 8
To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
General Order 9
To call the corporal of the guard in any case not covered by instructions.
General Order 10
To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
General Order 11
To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (often abbreviated as MCRD PI) is an 8,095 acres (32.76 km2) military installation located within Port Royal, South Carolina, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Beaufort, the community that is typically associated with the installation. MCRD Parris Island is used for the training of enlisted Marines. Male recruits living east of the Mississippi River and female recruits from all over the United States report here to receive their initial training. Male recruits living west of the Mississippi River receive their training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, but may train at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island by special request. (source: Wikipedia)
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