Receiving: The Intensity Levels Are Simply Unequaled
Boot Camp: Marine Corps vs Army
There are a lot of differences that set Marines apart from soldiers. When it comes to basic training, some of the most common differences are the length of the basic training, and the intensity of the training. Another major difference that puts a “basic” Marine above a “basic” soldier is that every Marine is a rifleman, and is trained for combat. It doesn’t matter if you’re a cook or a mechanic, you’re expected to be able to shoot a sand flea in the butt at 500 yards with iron sights on a rainy day with no sleep. Every Marine is sent to the Marine Corps School of Infantry after their 13 weeks of basic training. Infantry Marines go through the Infantry Training Battalion (ITB), and non-infantry Marines go through Marine Combat Training (MCT), which is a 30-day, non-stop combat training school. Marines, in general, train harder, are in better physical shape, have higher standards to meet, are more disciplined, and better prepared for the fog of war.
A few other crazy things that I have seen that are 100% unacceptable on Parris Island is clapping, cheering, and having “get-to-know-you” talk among other recruits in the presence of a drill sergeant. Try any of that at Marine Corps Boot Camp, and you’ll be eating sand fleas for 2 hours with your rifle, and a full ILBE pack. It seems like everyone speaks softly, uses their hands when they talk, etc. That kind of “minor” stuff just doesn’t fly with a Marine drill instructor.
At Marine Corps boot camp, for 12 weeks you won’t say a single word that isn’t a glass-shattering, lung-exploding, blood in your throat SCREAM! Talk “sweet” to a Marine DI and you’ll be screaming in the corner of your barracks for 6 hours, holding your rifle straight out in front of you, while simultaneously doing squats, tapping your foot, snapping your fingers, and blinking your eyes, while the rest of your platoon sweats it out in a front-leaning rest on your behalf. Those minor things don’t fly.
Soldiers get called by their rank (usually Private) on their first day of arrival. A Marine recruit’s rank includes names such as maggot, disgrace, nobody, faggot, freak, @#&%, *^&%, $%^&#!, and $%^& just to name a few. You’re actually lucky to get called recruit.
Marines also don’t train anywhere near females. The only females a Marine sees at boot camp are the dentist, the Corpsmen, and the American flag. In fact, get caught looking at a female civilian that might be walking by, and just stand-by for the pit, or the hazing of a lifetime.
This is not to degrade any other branch of the U.S. military. They all serve a very important role, and deserve the utmost honor for their service. This is simply to highlight what makes Marines “The Few and the Proud.”
Let’s take a look at some videos.
In 2009, more than 30,000 young Americans became United States Marines. They did it through the efforts of their drill instructors. These videos are probably the best professionally filmed portrayal of what Marine Corps Boot Camp is like. Unlike the Army, Navy, and Air Force… Marine Corps boot camp is no walk in the park. It is the real deal. Three months of screaming, hurt lungs, torn vocals, sore muscles, sweating, bleeding, being demoralized, and broken spirits. It is the process that leads to a hardened, tough-as-nails professional combat machine… otherwise known as a United States Marine.