Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 1 decade ago

What is marine corps boot camp like?

I really want to know the routine and the type of exercise that happen in boot camp. Like how many miles do you have to run each morning, pull-up, crunches? How can I prepare for the mental pressure? Pretty much I want to know all the hard part in Marine Corps boot camp so i can be more prepare.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    "Now without killing yourselves, GET OFF MY BUS." These are the last four words you will hear prior to your life changing forever. The change begins immediately when you first mirror the yellow footprints. Whatever doubts you had if this is real are quickly gone as yelling is heard from all directions and your heart attempts to escape your body. The night is young and so are you but you will quickly learn that you have everything to learn once again. We have come from all points throughout the USA. From the big cities to the rural farms. Different social status, Black, White Hispanic, and Asian to name a few. We begin our journey into an elite brotherhood very different. But we will emerge as one, a United States Marine.

    What little knowledge we bring with us is quickly forgotten as we are deprived of what we bring with us both mentally and physically. We are stripped of our character to begin the crucial rebuilding process. Our heads are all similar as our youth is shaved to the scalp. We are very wide eyed but we seem to see nothing. Time seems to stand still as it rushes by at a pace never before experienced by any of us. You are whisked away from room to room not knowing what to expect next. Fear is everywhere but there is no time to think about it. Every second is being fulfilled to it's maximum use. A brief phone call home to ensure your safe arrival is a lie. As no one feels safe at this time. Dental, medical and psychological exams are done without hesitation or approval. The longest two or three days of you life are only a glimpse of what lies ahead.

    Arriving in your permanent platoon is indeed a very freighting experience for anyone. You will do nothing right and everything wrong. You will quickly forget your left from your right. You will think up is down and vice versa. The simplest of tasks will now cause great confusion to your very confused young mind. Stress at a very high intense level will confuse the brightest and toughest of minds. It is nothing but a blur as it is occurring and it seems to last forever. Confusion is all around as drill instructors bark out their orders. Some orders are impossible to complete but we still try because we can not think that far ahead under these stressful conditions. We will learn how to bathe, how to shave, how to dress and how to speak and act by the numbers. From one through ten we must not skip a single beat. To do so would earn us extra time at pushing our bodies off the deck. It's all about learning how to kill but we do not understand this at this time.

    Soreness is an everyday issue as we run or march everywhere we go. Everything is done with the sense of urgency. We move like bees in a hive. Our focus is so great that a spaceship can whiz by our heads and we would not even notice. It is not our job to notice spaceships. We are here to follow orders and carry them out. Drilling is an everyday thing. Our rifle is our best friend as we march around the parade deck. The only sound our ears are allowed to pick up is that of our drill instructors barking out the most beautiful cadences. As time goes by we begin to gel as a platoon but no one is giving us praise. We are still worthless and are often reminded of this by giving us some extra training in a giant dirt pit. This pit builds character as the reason for being in it is usually false. To do your best will never be good enough in their eyes. Nothing is ever personal but it seems as if everything you do is personal around these parts.

    As the end nears you will have a brief moment to reflect on what you have accomplished. From qualifying with the rifle, to swimming with all of your gear. From drilling to inspections and the countless miles ran and humped. The transformation is near it's end but soon it will begin once again. Our movements are crisp and our appearance is clean. Our words have purpose and our reflection reflects confidence. Hair is back on top as we now walk with tremendous pride. The drill instructors are still here to remind us of where we are and where we have been. They have not flinched once during their grueling task. They make KILLERS for a living and this is not an easy task. To question their methods is wrong, to look at the results is proof. They are at a level in which very few will ever reach. Many try to become one and many fail, so this truly is the best of the best.

    We must never forget why we chose to become US Marines. We must never forget those that made us Marines. And we must never forget those that died for their country and the Eagle Globe and Anchor. If everyone could be a Marine then we wouldn't be Marines. When America dials 911 the Marines will always answer. Always have and always will. Semper Fi Jarheads!!!

    • Amimarie5 years agoReport

      Dude nicely worded, every word true and well thought through. Thank you for your service sir! Oorah!

  • 4 years ago

    "Navy Seal" is not a boot camp. That's a special training school. I went through Marine Corps boot camp four years ago. It has a reputation for being the toughest because it's the longest and the most physically demanding. The Marine Corps doesn't have tougher physical standards, they just have more. In the Air Force, you have to run a mile and a half, in the Corps you have to run three. I disagree with the comment about if AF boot camp was five weeks longer it would be "the toughest". Marine Corps boot camp you get no weekends off, unlike the AF, don't get to go home for holidays, like the Army, and you barely get to eat and you have a limited selection of food, unlike the Army who gets to eat candy and drink soda during boot camp. The limitations the Corps places on recruits is what makes it the toughest, not the actual training, because they MAKE your body be able to do the physical part.

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    What is marine corps boot camp like?

    I really want to know the routine and the type of exercise that happen in boot camp. Like how many miles do you have to run each morning, pull-up, crunches? How can I prepare for the mental pressure? Pretty much I want to know all the hard part in Marine Corps boot camp so i can be more prepare.

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  • Amy S
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You can read all the books, all the posts, and you can talk to Marines until you are blue in the face, and you will still have no idea how intense boot camp is. It's not so much that it is impossible to do, it's that the level of intensity is so constant, it just wears on you.

    I gotta' tell you, though, there's NOTHING a Marine loves more than to hear stories about recruits in boot camp. My supervisor at work is an old DevilDog... and he couldn't wait to read all my son's letters home from boot. He would LAUGH... and I know he was remembering the experience fondly. So.. it's something you will always remember, and it will change you forever.

    To prepare yourself, work with your recruiter to see what he recommends, in terms of exercise and diet. He'll prep you for the Initial PFT... and give you tips on running, etc. The only thing I would really recommend is to walk or run a lot, to strengthen your legs, ankles, and feet. Lots of marching the first month, and stress fractures, shin splints, blisters, and bruised heels are common... things like that CAN get your dropped from your platoon into a medical platoon until you can rejoin another platoon... (one that is at the point in training when you dropped out. So you won't miss a single training day, even if you go to medical.. it'll just delay your graduation date! )

    Boot camp is more about mental strength than physical strength... just so you know.

    Source(s): Proud Mom of a United States Marine!
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You worry too much, young man. Get in shape, stay in shape, and be prepared to 'listen up' when the DI speaks. Speak when spoken to and address the DI the way he tells you to address him.

    Most of boot camp is planned routine. Each day will be different from the last, so to tell you what to expect, well...............expect the unexpected.

    The best way to prepare for the mental pressure is, keep an open mind ! Nothing in boot camp is impossible. Thousands have come and survived before you. You already have a leg up on most recruits. I can see this by your writing ability. You will be in the upper ten percent of your platoon, so with any luck, you could be a squad leader, that is, if you show that you have leadership potential !

  • Bear
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Marine Corps Boot Camp...11 weeks of pain and sweat, intensely trained to be a threat.

    11 weeks of pain. And pain is weakness leaving the body.

    Your body will adapt, they will teach you and you will learn by the numbers. Mental toughness will be instilled. Now, GET OFF MY BUS!!!

    Source(s): Sergeant - United States Marine Corps 1992 - 2000 Drill Instructor, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego 1996 - 1999
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Alot of running back in forth saying aye sir, alot of drill, you cant prepare for the mental pressue just be in somewhat decent shape. Dont go in as someone who is overwieght. Just do what the Drill Instructors tell you and you will be fine. Trust me it flys by alot quicker than what it seems. You are always doing something.

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    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Find a school, store, or mile marker about 7 miles away, and run to it and back every day, twice a day. Run 3 miles in 18 minutes. If you can do these you will do fine.

  • You wan to prepare huh... Get out of bed at 0530, make bed, clean room, Do PT, Run-Run-Run, return to room, SSS, get dressed, go to chow, March-March-March, go to chow, March, drill, march, take class, march, more class, chow, return to room, prepare for next day, sleep pull fire watch, sleep. Get up and do it again. I used room because you are getting ready for Boot not in Boot, this will be similar to what you will do day after day in BC. Good Luck.

    Vet-USAF / many Marine Friends

  • 1 decade ago

    I went thru the Platoon leaders corps and we ran alot and went on some really long marches but, over all It was a great time....really

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