Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Boot Camp Update

I don't have any more word about Zach yet. I'm guessing we will get our postcard telling us his address by Monday. However there is a bulletin board that does a fine job of listing out what is happening in greater detail. Here is an entry

Friday SEPT 19TH, is the day that theyh really began on a new adventure. The following is just a little info that I have picked up from the boards. Each company at SD is a little different in the way they do things. Today they will meet their Drill Instructors, and the company chain of command. They call this Black Friday. They leave the receiving barracks and move all of their stuff into the house(barracks) where they will spend all of phase 1.The stress begins after this move is made, and it will be a very long day for them, with a lot of information being given to them rapid fire. They will have to learn a lot in a very short period of time, the volume is turned up, everything is a yell from them and the DI's. This is where the transition from recruit to marine begins, this day. Some of them will look back on this and say it was bad, and others will think it was fun, but none of them will think it was fun on Saturday morning.Over the Weekend they will learn how to set up their lockers, how to fold and hanger their clothes. Find out just how long they have in the mornings to shower and shave, how to wear their uniforms, and start with the language of the marine Corps, they will learn what a hatch is, what the quarterdeck is and what happens on it, most will get first hand knowledge of Incentive training or IT, and that is some thing that they will try very hard to stay away from. They will learn how to clean the house and make the beds the marine corps way.

Week 1

Monday is part of pick up week and they are still being taught in house procedures, forming for chow, and today they will be issued their weapons. Drill during the first weeks is a constant item being taught, the proper way to stand at attention, at ease, and rest. How to march and change directions while standing still and marching.

Training day 1 (T-1)

Interior Guard; they will be taught how to stand a guard post and what general orders are and what the special orders are for the post they are guarding. Interior guard is the guard performed inside of an installation. Like the fire guard they will do every night, or guarding a building. Exterior guard is the guard they perform in the field like an observation post or listing post in a tactical environment. This is taught with a classroom lecture and then some hands on training.

T-2 First Aid

This is classroom and hands on training, they will be taught CPR, how to stop bleeding set fractured bones, and to identify heat injuries. A long day in the class room for them Drill will make up part of this day also.

T-3 Intro to Mcmaps

this is the MARINE CORPS MARTIAL ARTS PROGRAM. This is the marines hand to hand fighting, mixed with some martial arts, wrestling. They will be learning how to strike and counter strike, chokes and holds. This training will continue through out boot camp and they will have to demonstrate how to do all of the things they are taught in MCMAPS, one of the graduation requirements.

T4 Marine Corps history

this is the first of many classes on Marine Corps history. They will take it from Tunn Tavern where every recruit got a pint for enlisting. . They will learn of famous people like Smedley butler who won 2 medals of Honor and first introduced the bull dog as the official mascot of the Marine Corps. They will learn where the term devil dog came from, and what it means to be a US Marine. The marines have a history older than the nation, and they are very proud of.

T5 Sprints

Main event for today is sprints, if you have watched foot ball training camps you know very well what this is, physical training will be done every day, and it will be different each day working on their strength, endurance, flexibility, and cardio.

Every free minute that they DI's have they will be teaching them something, 12 weeks may sound like a long time but it is not with all of the training that they have to learn, and perform. So they will be busy, and they will be rushed and they will be put under the stress, and it will be hard, and it will be a challenge. But it will all be worth it for them.

A typical Sunday...

Usually they get to sleep in a little bit, probably to about 6:00 in the morning, but most will be wide awake in their racks by then, lol. Then they will get up and go to morning chow, come back and clean the house for about 10-20 minutes then turn to a free time. A Sunday free time usually lasts about 4-5 hours and is a recruits time to attend services, read and write letters, square away their footlockers, and just plain relax and talk for a little bit. It usually wraps up in time for noon chow, and then they carry on with the drill instructor's plan for the rest of the day. Usually on Sunday is a field day, which means the whole squad bay is thoroughly cleaned (all the racks are moved to one side while the other is cleaned, and then it’s flip-flopped). They do this on Sunday night because inspection is Monday morning. From my experience, Sunday was the best time to read and write letters because free time during the week was so unpredictable. Of course, that may not be the same for every platoon, it all depends on the Senior Drill Instructor how much time they get on Sundays, but a good average of 3-5 hours. Of course, don't always expect them to write on a Sunday either because that 4-5 is a very good time to do laundry, square away their possessions, and carry out any tasks the DIs need done. Even if you don't receive mail...send it. Mail call is the best part of a recruit's day, and the more mail he gets, the happier he will be.

Marine Corps Terms

  • Head: Grape, Brain-Housing Group
  • Glasses: Portholes
  • Wall: Bulkhead
  • Door: Hatch
  • Floor: Deck
  • Ceiling: Overhead
  • Pen: Ink stick
  • Pencil: Lead stick
  • Tent: Hooch
  • Food: Chow
  • Mop: Swab
  • Bathroom: Head
  • Bed: Rack
  • Canteen: Water bowl
  • To Drink: Hydrate
  • Hat/cap: Cover
  • Scuzz Brush: Scrub-brush
  • Foxtail: a small brush with a handle used to sweep up piles of dirt into dustpans.
  • Whiskey Locker: Storage area for cleaning supplies, and extra gear such as hygiene gear.
  • To hygiene: to take a shower, shave, brush teeth, trim nails if needed
  • To hump: to hike with heavy pack filled with stuff you probably wont use anyways
  • Double-Time: Running
  • Quick-Time: Marching
  • Port: left
  • Starboard: right

    A 'field day' is an extra thorough cleaning of an area or room, more thorough than normal anyways.

    To 'square away' something is to organize it, or at least make it look presentable.

    While in defensive positions, Marines do not use foxholes, they are in fighting holes.

    Lights! - What the DIs would shout repeatedly and rapidly to get everyone up in the morning...you didn't want to be the last one out of the rack.

    Taps - Song played in memory of fallen marines to signify the end of the day. Marines no matter what they are doing will stop and come to attention, even if they are already in their racks, they will lay there at attention.

    Colors - The raising and lowering of the flag in the morning and evening.

    Cadence - Verbal rhythm that marine formations run to: You will see this at the Moto Run.

    If writing our Marine or Marine Corps, they are always capitalized. It's not an 'EGA' - it's an "Eagle, Globe, and Anchor" said out in full. We are NOT soldiers, we are Marines....never call a Marine a soldier...that’s 'bad joo joo', or a bad thing, bad luck, something like that...Drill Instructors are Drill Instructors, not Drill Sergeants, lol...that’s the army.

    if you suddenly get the idea to go in their room at 5:00 in the morning, flip on the lights and shout 'Lights! Lights! Lights!' while they are back on boot leave; you didn't get the idea from me okay?

The Lead Series / Follow Series separation is all but done. They will be competing as a whole company this time around so there may not be any delineation between the series like in all previous training companies from this point on.

Anytime the recruits are in BDU's, they move around the base with all their gear (rifle, hard cover, etc...& sometimes packs). When they go to chow, they take their rifle. When they go to class, they take their rifle. Basically, everywhere they go, they take their rifle. The only time they don't take their rifle with them is morning PT. When they go to the "O"courses, they do them with hard covers on & sometimes with their rifles. This is something Gen. James T. Conway came up with to help reform basic training & get these kids more physically fit & use to moving around in combat gear.

There is not much drill time on the daily schedules so they work in drill movements every time they move from place to place & since they have their rifles, they are able do practice in small amounts several times daily.

Another thing is the class work. They have discussion time during the class where instead of just being talked to by the instructor, the recruits are encouraged to interact more during the class. Basically they are given time to comment on what they are learning instead of just sitting there like a sponge & absorbing it all.

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