81 thoughts on “A Letter From Boot Camp”

  1. My first impression of Parris Island and Boot camp was ” What in the hell am I doing here”!! Former S/Sgt.

  2. Sounds like he needed that type of training so that he knows how to respect others. He is acting like a little baby. It is about time he became a man..HA HA The DIs have alot of work ahead of them to turn this tard into a marine

    1. He is getting just what he asks for. Those DI’s don’t have time to just go around and be annoying to anyone unless they see they need it. He would not have done better in school. I thought with all volunteer these kind would not be an issue as it was when we had a draft. Many draftees had real issue in basic training and after.

  3. His attitude doesn’t sound like United States Marine quality. As stated above, his drill instructors have a lot of work ahead if this guy ever earns the EGA………. Tell him to suck it up and be a man, not a crying baby.

  4. As a 2531 Radio Operator and more for 4 years 63-67. All the stuff about who and what is the bad ass well I’ve been on the FO Team with the Grunts for many months cold hot wet rotted clothes & boots, months of C’s called many fire missions in. Went to jump school and some special weapons and more. Did my Anglico stint, hung off nets on the sides of ships worked with the doggies and the green weenies, watched the coastie swimmers, seals and mostly just had a ball. Now a vet of 70+. Any VET from any branch who signed on that line is the badass. Argue all you want America is topps.

  5. Sure wouldn’t want this s**tbird along side me in any situation. If they can’t change his outlook, then, P.O.U. him out of there.

  6. This was why our SDI would want to read what we wrote. Seriously? This is the new improved & politically correct USMC? Where did the recruiter get this pathetic excuse? Not only do the DI’s have hard work ahead with this one, but the entire platoon will have to step up because he is certainly “The Weakest Link”. Our “Chrome-Domed” Motivation Platoon would have had to reject one with his attitude.
    Before long, his local Congressman and Senator will be planning a visit and inquiry about this poor young recruit.

  7. Man…it’s a good thing he didn’t have to go to MCRD San Diego!!! Having graduated from there…I hear that the “Island” was a walk in the park…ha!

    1. We called MCRD San Diego Hollywood boot camp. I graduated from Parris Island in 1969. I went to electronics school in San Diego. The freakin San Diego recruits were in the movie theater with us on the weekend. You could only dream of a movie in Parris Island. Sorry MCRD Parris Island is the real Corps!

      1. I graduated in 1977 from Hollywierd (LOL) …………. never had a movie to go see !!!!! So I guess I was dreaming for a movie back then !!!!!! LMAO !!!!

      2. When I was at MCRD San Diego we did not go to movies. This is a different time so I don’t know. We would even get set back if we were to much of an issue. I did get set back, not because I was a problem child but for medical reasons, a heel contusion. I was doing everything I could do to get out of that place as quickly as I could.

  8. Everyone at one point questions why they signed up. The simple reality is that we ate meant to be tested and stretched to our limits because only then can we be ready to claim our title. Stay strongand remember if a108 lb scrawny kid could do it so can you. I believe you have what it takes to do it nnow prove me right.

  9. Everyone at one point questions why they signed up. The simple reality is that we are meant to be tested and stretched to our limits because only then can we be ready to claim our title. Stay strong and remember if a108 lb scrawny kid could do it so can you. I believe you have what it takes to do it now prove me right.

  10. In 1961 MCRD San Diego I seem to remember a very tough DI saying his job was to tear down the civilians that we were and build us, from the ground up, into a premier fighting force called the United States Marines. Needless to say, he accomplished his job. Semper Fi

  11. maybe he does not realize he has the first 90 days to get out, no questions asked. our DI told us that on the 91st day !! Recon, 66-67

  12. What a pussy! If he went thru PI In 68 he would have washed out first week! Good luck making a Marine out of him.

  13. Hilarious! He wants to hit two of his drill instructors? What’s stopping him? Absolutely hilarious!

    1. The problem there is, those DI’s can’t do what they should do and be politically correct…damn politics don’t belong in the USMC or any other branch of the armed forces.

  14. I remember the thoughts, questioning my own recruitment. Especially, in the middle of the night, alone, walking guard duty, in the rain at MCRD. But I will never forget the look on my father’s face at graduation and how proud he was of me. A WWII Marine veteran and his Vietnam bound son. Semper Fi!

  15. Well I’ll tell you right now; that would have been the dumbest thing that boot could have ever done! I didn’t go though P.I; San Diego MCRD 1970 – 1973 – Cpl. 0311. Suck it up and be a man!

  16. What a pussy. Suck it up retard you are part of one of the biggest bad ass fraternities ever. You don’t know it but if you quit being a bitch and become a Marine you have thousands of brothers for life. Semper Fi

  17. I have to laugh. Only we can find this very funny. It’s even funnier if he’s still in Receiving or Forming, then he hasn’t seen anything yet. Parris Island is the land that God forgot. This stuff sounds like his civilian trash thoughts still hanging on while the Marine Corps Spirit starts taking hold. He’ll be fine and Mike tell write to your buddy to forget about hitting a Drill Instructor. If he does go though with it, It won’t shorten his time there. Hell, it will lengthen it while he’s recuperating. Then he could join a brand new phase one platoon and start over. Semper Fi Guys. P.S. Let’s us know when he sends you more letters. I’d like to see the change in him. Good Luck Kid.

    1. This was in my thinking as well. These thought went through many of our heads at one time or another.

  18. I was at Parris Island in Jan. 1948 and we had a real tough DI, I too thought what the hell am I doing here. It was the best experience of my life. I’m an 87 year old Marine and have never regretted joining. My uniform no longer fits but, I still have it hanging in my closet. Semper Fi.

    1. Bob M. Sgt. 48 to 52, I heartily concur with your comment. I went through Parris Island (Plt. 47), April 1947 at 17, my Sr. DI was killed at Chosen Reservoir, May He Rest in Peace. And like you, my MGySgt blues are a bit “tight,’ but my 1stLt blues fit perfectly. 22 wonderful and memorable years, including Korea and Vietnam. And this guy is complaining already? I hope he is “lucky” enough to make it through and learn how blessed he is/was! God Bless Our Corps!

  19. I have a feeling that he’ll get over it — They build men at P.I., maybe even out of this weasel !

  20. I graduated PI in January 1980, platoon 3088, had a guy, a big guy, take a swing at a DI. He was gone in a matter of hours and never returned. Old Corps, New Corps, bottom line is that all of us had a WTF moment at some point but we sucked it up, didn’t complain, never wrote home about it and completed training. Semper fi!

  21. San Diego or Paris Island, either one will make or break you. Being a U.S. Marine is being part of the President’s own. Not everyone can accomplish it. Which is why the motto, “The Few, The Proud” fits. From 1775 to 2016, the Marines are the best trained fighting men in the world. When push comes to shove, you never hear anyone say, “Send in the Army”, or “Send in the Navy”. It’s “Send in the Marine’s”. SEMPER FI

  22. I went through the PLC program in 1954. Sure,it was tough and the DI’s were hard on us but I got through with a sense of humor.There were 6 Smiths in my platoon. Drove the DI crazy trying to figure out who was who and who was what Anyone who cannot make it either boot camp or OCS should never begin and not try it. The USMC only settles for the best are weeded early in the training. I often wondered how a recruit or OCS candiate must feel if they could not cut it. Rod, LtCol (Ret)

  23. Not a Marine but I have lived with my husband’s 4 yrs in. He was a 17 yr old Grunt, in Viet Nam at 20, Like above Wet boots, In the Jungle, Hot, Radio Man until he was Wounded. Saw men killed and he killed, came home older than 20 as many did. This guy just doesn’t want to be a Marine deep down or he’d just shut up and take it. I wouldn’t feel safe in a War with this guy, can you imagine?? Best thing he could have done was hit the DI had gotten shown who was BOSS. My husband was called to the phone by me with an emergency call. The DI and he were walking and talking about the call all the way back to the Barracks, seemed like just 2 guys he said. When he got in the Barracks he got a good What Ever right then and there because he wasn’t calling him Sr. yes Sr. This guy shouldn’t be a Marine with this attitude he would never make a Good One any way. A PROUD Marine Wife, with many war letters.

    1. I am not defending this jerk but you ask any Marine about his basic and the others he did basic and you will hear similar stories, but as they figure it all out for themselves they begin to change. This guy should soon figure out that his mommy is not there anymore to wipe his ass for him. If he don’t get this figured out then the USMC will deal with that.

  24. I was at MCRD, San Diego, Plt 242, from June to Sept 1958. Retired at 33 years. Wouldn’t want him or someone like him covering my six.

  25. I would sure be interested in seeing the letter he writes at the end of this when they put that little EGA in his hand and call him a Marine. Not too long ago I was at MCRD, San Diego and saw 500 of the finest young men I think I have ever seen in one place become Marines. The pride I felt. I remember standing in the same place 48 years earlier and how I felt that day when they called me a Marine for the first time. Remember, the DI’s job is to turn young boys into men. I have no doubt they will do so with this young man. Semper Fi

  26. Ha…I can relate to him..thinking what the hell have I done..but after Boot & Itr it was off to Millington for me..MOS was 6413 ..after Millington it was on the MCAF New River ..63 to 67 …after My discharge I went to work For Delta Airlines as a Meck: 28 years there Owe it to my Aircraft training in the Corp:

  27. Oct. 20 1965, 2AM, the Drill instructor got on the bus.. ” when I give the word all you turds will get off the bus, and there won’t be a last turd – ‘ THE WORD IS GIVEN'” – I was the last turd!!! I didn’t hit the grinder for about 10-15 feet… for half of boot camp I was private “TURD” until I shot range high!!! 0311 more than a life time in the “NAM”– scared shitless all the time!! but because of that Marine, I still don’t know how to back-down!!!

  28. My husband Jim was a Marine and he went to Nam. He was recon and also taught “how to blow themselves up” according to him, to the Vietnamese. Those of you who were there know what he meant. He was wounded and a POW. Fortunately, the cong just up and left them. He got malaria. He ended up with a medical discharge because of that. Not what he wanted, but that is the way it was. On a side note, an LT. had it out for him and wanted to fight him. He didn’t want to, but the guy kept at him so they took off their uniform tops and went at it. Who should come by but the base commander! He ordered both of them to be there at 09:00 the next morning. Jim was early. The LT never showed up. Jim never saw him again, either. He opted to be sent to Guam for the training in explosives and then on to Nam. I was so proud of him. He was a tough, ol’ Marine when he died, but a gem of a man.

    1. You are a Proud Widow of a Proud Marine and I enjoyed reading your story thank you for taking the time to let us all know about your husband. Semper Fi

  29. Dear Boot I entered the USMC on my 17th birthday and spent it in P I. 1961 I understand the world of shit you are now in .The only advise I have for you is shut your mouth do not eye ball the DI and stay in step. You are not the only one your fellow Boots are going thru the same with you. I was in plt 301 my D I were sgt Wilson, Wade, Montgomery The very best of the best. Did I have a dislike for them at time sure I did but they installed in me pride and love of the corps when basic was over and we boarded the buses for camp Giger NC for I T R we all felt some sadness leaving our D I the ones who carried us thru the weeks of hell. So young man hang in their you will be a better man when you are finished with P I You will be one of the best you will earn the title of Marine it don’t get better then that you will be part of a brotherhood and that feeling will never leave you. Suck it up Boot and lets see what you are made of Semper Fi I serve in L co 3rd bat 2nd mar also D co 2nd recon bat Monfort point have a good day.

    1. You know this guy is thinking the DI’s are only picking on him and just why are they picking on him anyway? Could it be he is the only one out of step? Maybe it is because all the rest is out of step but him? 1961 wow I had not graduated HS yet, but then I did not get drafted until I was granted my divorce from my second wife at 26 years old. I was older than most of the boots at MCRD San Diego but I was always the one who was out of step so to speak. Once I got that figured out which took me longer than it should have according to Gunny Scroggins everything turned out much better for me. Maybe this guy will be smarter than I was and get it figured out and get in step with the rest of the platoon. Semper Fi Marine

  30. Suck it up little man. You have balls about as big as your little finger nail. Active from 63-67. Nam 65-66. Proud I joined. Proud to be a Marine.

  31. Parris Island rocks! Was never issued shades or suntan lotion…didn’t need it! Cannot wait till he cries about the sand fleas!!! What a baby….he should have asked for San Diego!!! I never wanted to hit a DI…not even after being administered corrective action by both junior DI’s. They knew what I was made of! My rack was on the far end of the squad bay…every step hurt, but I made it!

  32. Semper Fi to my Marine Corps family. As a Parris Island alumni, and a Viet Nam Vet, I loved every moment I spent on the Island….no, I’m not crazy, but the Corps was for me. Remember all, this is the age of “Social Media”, and a few years from now, this recruit is going to hang his buddy Mike out to dry, because he posted his letter from P.I. for the world to see what a “pussy” he really was. We all know that the DIs love this type of recruit, so they can help him “find himself” (LOL). I’m really loving this because I’ll bet he wants to hand Mike his ass as we all laugh at him. So don’t worry all, he’ll make it, and I’ll bet he returns to PI as an applicant tor DI School some day. I love you all…..Ooh Rah!

  33. BTDT. Back in the summer of 1989; MCRD SD, 3rd RTR, PLT 3041 Mike Co, and later 3054 Kilo Co. I was on a special program for college students with outstanding grades. I could’ve cashed in my chips, was close to.

  34. As a retired FMF Doc. I dealt with a sh** ton of slackers. So here’s my prescription for YOU son: sit down while the nice corpsman gets you a nice warm mug is SHUT THE FU** UP! Now get back to work before someone boot stomps the life out of your girly ass body. MOOOVE!!!

  35. I was in the Marine Corps for about five seconds when I realized that I had made a drastic error I had made with my life. San Diego March to May 1968.

  36. Went through PI August of ’67. Had a few WTF moments, but that all went away when they pinned on my EGA. As a female Marine I can lay claim to “the Fewer, the Prouder” 50 years later I can still say it was the best thing I ever did in my life.

  37. I think he has a problem with Respect and taking orders. Well, if he had a regular job, he would still have to take orders. He seems to me like a big PUSSY who can’t take a little pushing and from the DI’s. I wonder if he should of joined the Army if he thinks it’s so tough in boot camp. Get some balls and start acting like a man. I would never want an asshole like him watching my back in a firefight. Don’t forget, your in the US MARINE CORPS, not the boy scouts. I’m 70 years old and I could not be more proud to be a US Marine. So, man up or you will never be like all the Marines that went through the same shit you are, and we came out just like we wanted to. A US Marine. And don’t forget, Once a Marine, Always a Marine. “SEMPER FI”

  38. Looks like the little baby doesn’t have what it takes. Hope he toughens up quick because they might just kick his asz out of PI. Like we say, “A few good men”! He may not be one of them. Semper Fi.

  39. Settle down fellas. Remember what those first couple of weeks were like. I am sure by the end of the 2nd phase things will fall into place. Hope he makes it. One of the best things any of us did. Cpl 1982 to 1986 Semper Fi .

  40. P. I. 1969. Platoon 291 I guess he was to far from his mamas tit What a woosie I wonder what ever happened to him ….. Does anyone know if he made it thru boot camp ??? Where is he now ??

  41. keep trucking. could turn into a good marine or a worser one. its rough but you got to be tough. dont give up.

  42. I was at PI 19 June 1960 and wrote a letter back to Univ of IL, from where I had just graduated, that the DI’s were morons. I’d only been there a couple of days and lived to eat my words ten times over. Sgt Jimmy McCall, one my Jr. DI’s, called my name and asked me if I thought my DI’s were morons and I said, “NO SIR.” He said, “Boy, your’re a liar.!” My buddy Scotti said my face drained of color. I knew I had to square myself away or I’d never see the light of day, so to speak. I reported to the DI’s hut and just about blew my vocal cords out trying to scream loud enough so he’d let me center and speak. He told me he knew more than any college azzhole could ever know. I screamed, “YES SIR.” With that he picked up a league baseball and did a pitcher’s wind up If I ran for cover I knew I was a dead man so I lowered my chin to protect my throat, tightened up my six pack gut and closed my eyes. I stood there in dark silence for about 10 seconds and then opened one eye. Sgt McCall told me to get the hell out of his site. I did the appropriate exit and headed for the squad bay. He busted me every chance he got, slapped, punched, kicked, etc. I came right back and volunteered for whatever I could because I loved the Marine Corps and wanted to serve my country the best I could. I was a quiet kid whose mother use to warm me not to do so many push-ups. I would just say, “Ma, leave me alone.” The Marine Corps put the grit in my gut and truly made a man out of me. I have never been so proud of anything I have done in my whole life. I never saw combat and that’s just how it worked out. I just turned 78 and I still have the same waist size, but I became a vegan vegetarian and even though I eat an awful lot I have lost some weight. All my buddies would like to give me a few pounds.
    I think this young recruit will hopefully get his “sea legs” pretty quick and realize he is part of something bigger than himself and worth every effort to strive to be the best. If he makes an effort it will make his life better and he will have more confidence in himself and be a stronger person emotionally. I hope he doesn’t do something really stupid like hitting his DI. They will fit him with a pair of cement water wings if he does that.
    Sgt McCall came up to me on graduation day and said he gave me that “special attention” because he felt I would make a good Marine and he was going to make sure. Frankly, I was honored and I never resented him ‘leaning’ on me. 5 years after boot came, when I was in the reserve center on a weekend drill, in walked McCall. I identified myself by name, platoon, month and year and hoped he’d remember me. I was a buck sergeant and so was he and I felt really bad and when he commended me I said I’d just been lucky. We became buddies, but lost track of each other. 30 yeas after boot camp I asked the commandant, Gen. Mundy if he’d forward a letter to McCall and he said yes. Gen. Mundy wrote me a real nice thank you letter. I never heard back from Sgt. McCall. I just wanted to know if he was okay. I owed him so much that I could never repay the guy. Not too long ago Sgt. Grit was nice enough to put a letter of mine in the newsletter and a Marine named Larry Netter, a really good guy, helped me locate Sgt. McCall’s kids. Sadly Larry found out that Jimmy had passed away a few years ago. I sure would have liked to thank him in person for all he did for me Whatever success I had in life I owe to the Marine Corps.I am going to write both his kids a letter and tell them what a great dad Jimmy was, what a fine Marine and in the end one heck of an American patriot. God bless the Marine Corps and those alive or dead who made it what it is. Alll the best, buzz

  43. For me, boot camp was no biggie cause we, my siblings and I, were raised by my granny and everything that the DIs did or told us had already been done to us by my granny. The reason I joined the MC was because of her and that was because my uncle, her son, had been a Marine in WW11 and she told us that if we joined any branch of service if was gonna be the Marines and all 4 of us did, I think my granny went to DI school, she was one tuff lady but she got me ready for “boot”.

  44. Was at PI 1951 never did i think what the F— did I do just thought I can do anything they can throw at me. Still to this day it puzzle me how I did 125 push up one night when some one was BS after lights out & DI said not tired hit the deck give me 50 then said not tired give me 50 more then 50 more till everyone in platoon drop.Have a lot of great memories of my time in Corp SEMPER FI

  45. PI, Plt 3029, Meritorious PFC, 08 May – 06 Aug 1979, HOT & HUMID as a MF. Anyone who says they didn’t have their “WTF did I do” moment is full of shit. The culture shock alone was intense. PI or SD, does it really matter, we are all Marines. The training program is what its all about along with the motivational tenderness of the DI’s,,,,,, yeah right!! Would do it again in half a heartbeat. Looking back @ my time on PI, was rather enjoyable as I found parts of me I never knew existed & those traits, to this day, are ever present in everything I do & have done,,,,,, the change “IS” forever. If this POG puts the energy he wastes whining into just going with the program he may find those hidden traits as I did.

  46. No one forced you to sign up in my Marine Corps. grow up be a MAN and once you do that you’ll become a Marine. a title you will carry with you for LIFE. All you have to do is LISTEN AND DO WHAT YOUR DRILL INSTRUCTORS TELL YOU. They have a job to do and you have a job to complete, fulfill your contract and become one of us, A UNITED STATES MARINE. SUCK IT UP.

  47. I am a USA Major (R). A retired Gunny sent me this. I do not believe this ass wipe would make it in any branch of svc. The Corps will make a man out of 12-14him…or give him a sex change and kick him out!

  48. I remember my SDI, how he was tough on us and also fair.it was not until after I left P.I. that I realized he really cared what happened to us. I think about him sometimes and keep him in my prayers. it is true that basic has changed because they now have the crucible, what is important is that you stay focused because you need to keep the end goal in mind and that is finishing and leaving the parade deck ,being prepared for a free for all fire fight or pushing some poor guy’s car that died on him going to work. I went to a civil war re enactment and met some Marines there. I decided to join them and pass on the legacy of the corps. I have met some younger guys who wanted to be Marines only because of physical issues could not. so I encouraged them to join the Marines of the past.one is now a Continental Marine, another is in President Grant’s Marine Corps and the last is a WW1 Marine. a couple wrote back and one sent me his picture they were all proud of being in their units.so this guy can whine and belly ache all he want’s, the bottom line is he need’s to finish, get on the ball and leave ready to do or die!. enough said! sincerely civil war marine.

  49. Take this F-ing boot into the duty hut and give him some hands on training. He thinks that today’s boot camp is tough, he had better thank God he wasn’t in during the time of the Vietnam War Era. Hands on training was the normal training procedure for all of us privates. My beloved Marine Corps has changed so much. It’s sad to see that “Mother F’ers of America” has stuck their noses into Marine Corps training. You can’t think that you want to be a Marine, you have to want it. It’s obvious to me that this maggot can’t hack. Drill Instructors are there for a reason, and to baby you is not one of them. Going through today’s boot camp would be like going on a church outing. OooRah and Semper Fi!! Sgt.A.J. APODACA 1969 – 1972 RVN.

  50. Suck it up, boot! Be proud that you becoming one of the toughest SOB’S in the world. HM2 FMF Corpsman ret. 1986- 2006

  51. Suck it up maggot. Why did you sign up for the Marines if your weren’t willing to put in the effort. The title is not free…you have to earn it. Sounds like the DI needs to pull out his attitude adjustment wrench.

  52. Well, it looks like they still issue the same stationary tablet in the letter writing gear as they did 13 years ago.

  53. Platoon 217, Co. K, 2nd Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, SC. All boot camp is rough, but what if it was not? There would cease to be a Marine Corps as we know it. Boot Camp is rough, but Vietnam was worse. Be glad you are getting the grit and gravel your DI’s are shoving at you. All of the yelling and screaming, the running and pushups, the belittling of your civilian ways, is meant to transform you into a United States Marine. Go with it, and one day you will be proud like the rest of us.

  54. I remember a letter posted here from a Marine who was w/Puller at the Chosin Resevoir.He said if given the choice,he would do it all over again.BUT,he would not go thru boot camp at PI.,again.I had to agree w/him because everything is a piece of cake after PI.Think about it.You get the chance to fight back after PI.The training we received at PI is what makes the Marine Corps what it is…..The toughest fighting force the world will ever see.That boot won’t see that until he earns his EGA.

  55. Poor baby. My dad was a Sergeant in WWII; North Africa, Italy and France. He was Signal Corps, so was usually ahead of the U.S. lines laying wire. He came home one tough son-of-a-gun. I always thought he raised his boys like we were privates under his command. I mentioned this to my older brother (Cold War Marine) one day and he replied, “The hell he did! He treated us like we were recruits and he was the D.I.” After a few weeks at MCRD (1966), it occurred to me that these D.I.s who were tough as nails couldn’t hold a candle to my old man. Apart from some homesickness, boot camp wasn’t as bad as I had imagined, thanks to my upbringing.

  56. I wrote some mighty sorrowful letters from bootcamp and my Mom saved them all for my return. Re-reading them after it was over gave me that much more respect for my Drill Instructors, to have to deal with 100 kids like me feeling the way I did. I remember that first night at MCRD San Diego 6/78, besides being exhausted, thinking “What did I get myself into now?” LOL. Our platoon took some time getting formed because they were making an all reservist platoon, so we had plenty of down-time to feel sorry for ourselves and the real work hadn’t even started yet. At the end though, I was a fighting machine ready to eat nails, go anywhere and kill whomever the President directed me to. Semper Fi Brothers.

  57. SEMPER FI BROTHERS
    Was at PI , Aug 1972 . 1st Bn
    Plt 154. Sr DI SSGT BISHOP
    The other two , Sgt Kincaid &
    Sgt Wise .

  58. Boot camp SD January 1959 Plt 105. Never thought ‘what have I done”. Oldest sibling of five, had the meanest parents in the world. both parents physically and verbally abusive to their kids and themselves.
    Father just up and left 1 week before my 15th birthday. I lied about my age to a local factory and got a laborers job at age 15 and 2 months old. Supported my mother and my siblings until my mother obtained employment about 3 years later. Got into a small legal incident, local police wanted to talk to me. Time to leave Dodge. Went to Navy recruiter and learned that their quotas were still filled. I had taken their test about 6 months previous. Was walking down the hallway to exit the building, saw a sign above a doorway,MARINES, entered talked to recruiter, told him my story. He literally ran down the hallway, got my test results from the Navy , asked when I wanted to leave. I told him ASAP. A little less than 36 hours later, I am inside of MCRD SD. Never looked back. The rest is history. I never regretted becoming a Marine. Semper Fi 1860619

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