Info For Marine Enlistees Leaving For Training

While searching through my collection of Marine memorabilia I found a paper with general information about leaving for recruit training.
What to take: Small gym bag, change of underwear & socks, extra shirt, soap, towel, toothbrush etc..
What not to take: Knives,guns,blackjacks, brass knuckles or any other dangerous objects including glass bottles. No alcoholic beverages or large amounts of money. Common sense should judge what to take. ( We had alcohol on the bus from Charleston to P.I. and one guy packed a 12 inch screwdriver that was found during receiving )
General Info: You will be going to Parris Island, S.C. for approximately 10 weeks of recruit training and then to Camp Lejeune N.C. for 4 weeks of Individual Combat Training . While at Parris Island you will participate in the most challenging ,most rigorous and finest training in the world. The best advice to give you is to do as you are told and always give your best. You will be treated well, and remember that the Marine Corps is always interested in your welfare. To put you one step ahead of the game memorize you service number and the General Orders listed below. Welcome aboard , Marine. Good luck and come and visit us on you return from boot camp.
I condensed it a little. Bring back any memories? Will soon be 53 years. What a time! SEMPER FI! Harry 1371


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13 thoughts on “Info For Marine Enlistees Leaving For Training”

  1. Hey Harry – Thanks for the memories, for me it has been 56 years. The most sage advice which I received was from my older brother, an Army Sergeant with the 101st Airborne Division, who just happened to be home on leave the day I left for MCRD SD. I asked him what to take and he said, “Your body will be all they need, everything else is superfluous and will be provided.” He was right. The day after we received our bucket issue, everything else was packaged and sent home. I remember some guys had big suitcases, one even had a tennis racket (I think he was confused about where he was,) but my package was just T-shirt, jeans, shoes/socks & skivvies. Semper Fi!!! Top Pro

    1. You’re welcome. I found that when I was looking for those old W-2’s, also found the “Pink ID” that I was given the day I was released from active duty. Semper Fi!!! Harry

      1. I’m assuming that was given to you by your recruiter. Did you go visit him when you got back?Oh how are lives changed when we got off that bus! Thanks for the memory. P.S. I still have my pink ID Bill 0331

    2. Edd…My send-home package was about the same as yours, the cloths on my back that I wore down there. Nothing extra. The only exception that I see is that we packaged our belongings and sent them home in the wee hours after arriving at PI before daylight. Oh, it was in January and I had on a long sleeve shirt along with a T-shirt. We didn’t get any sleep that night and the that next day we got our bucket issue, learned how to make a rack, personal grooming, and many more instructions that I cannot remember at this time………..Bob 1381….Vietnam 1966/1967.

  2. Semper Fi Harry!! I went to P.I. on July 27th, 1981 and was in Platoon 2063. A good buddies brother-in-law who had just finished his enlistment in the Corps two or three years before, gave me the following advice the night before I left and I never forgot it: he said, “Do the very best that you can in every aspect and as quickly as you can. Try not to be noticed and don’t take anything the DIs say to you personally. They only have 13 weeks to turn you from a turd into a basic Marine. They don’t have time to coddle anyone. You do that, and you will be fine.” His advice was spot-on then and it would be today. Mike Kunkel, Cpl, 0331. Lima 3/8

  3. OOHRAH!!

    The memories of my first days of recruit training are much different, terrifying in fact: My platoon, 3024, MCRD San Diego 1969, at the apex of the Vietnam War, changed my mind, body and spirit. A different time, a different training regiment prepared me for what became a living hell in the jungles of South Vietnam. At 70 years of age, I will never forget the voice of my platoon commander crying out at 0500 “Platoon 3024, get on the road!” Gunny Lee, wherever you may be, I respected you and all that you taught me. SGT. Duke

  4. I went to PI ,November 1968,2057. When I arrived, We were rush into a building, and stood at attention. While at attention the DI noticed I had a black eye, from too much parting on the train to PI. His reply was, You can’t be that tough, somebody rang your bell. I serve my Country and was released, Honorable in 1970. I am proud to serve my Country as a African American

    1. Went to PI in Feb.of ’67 from Brooklyn. Was in Platoon 250. The DI’s gave me hell. Only went with the clothes on my back. It was only 8 weeks of boot camp. Still have the discipline that the Corps instills in all of us. I still carry the pink ID in my wallet. Semper Fi Marines.

      1. Hey Herb, You are right, It was 8 weeks at PI, even though the paper I found stated 10 it was 8. Thanx ! Harry 1371, Parris Island 13-Oct-67 to 14-Dec-67

  5. I went to MCRD PI January 1966, Plt 215. Thank you Harry and Welcome Home Marine. After I enlisted, I talked to a good friend of the family, who was also a Marine Veteran. He served during WWII and Korea and retired around 25 years of service. I asked him what I should take with me to PI. He told me that other than my wallet, to take only the clothes on my back. Somewhere along the way those few hours after receiving and a haircut, we were taken to the showers. We stripped, packaged all the clothes we had on our backs, along anything else we weren’t allowed to keep and it was sent home. After going through the showers we received our utility uniform, boots, socks, skivvies and cover. In one side dressed as a civilian, out the other dressed as a Marine recruit. I probably forgot something so just chalk it up to a Senior Moment……Bob 1381, Vietnam 1966/1967.

    1. Hey Bob, Those first hours at PI are somewhat foggy for me as well. Luckily, I still have my Platoon Book to refresh my memory. Remember walking through a line getting “shots” with that air gun? I had a couple bloody arms. Heard a few years ago from some vets that think that’s where they got hepatitis! Not sure about that, but who knows. Harry 1371

      1. Hey Harry, Those air guns were terrible alright. A Corpsman on each side pulling the trigger at about the same time. A couple of the recruits flinched and got a small gash or two cut in their arms. The shot that I hated was when we all stood at attention, dropped our trousers and skivvies, then bent over. Two Corpsmen walked down the line behind us. One was holding a tray full of loaded syringes and the other was taking a loaded syringe and popped one in us one at a time. I don’t think I will ever forget that shot. I look through my platoon book from time to time and wonder where the years went. My, how those young “boys” changed. I can remember about all that happened those 8 weeks, just can’t recall in what order that they happened.

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