This is what 24 hours is really like for recruits at US Marine Corps boot camp
- Commericals make Marine Corps boot camp look like constant, adrenaline-pounding action.
- There is a lot of action, but it's sandwiched between hours and days of monotony and boredom.
- A Marine veteran shares her experience of what 24 hours is really like at the legendary Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina.
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Marine Corps boot camp is legendary. But is it anything like the movies show?The commercials make it look like constant action, with obstacle courses, gladiator style fighting, jumping off high dives, and crawling through the dirt commanding most of the airtime.
I spent the summer of 2012 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and here is a sample day that a recruit might experience in the first phase of training.
0330: Officially, 0400, pronounced as “zero four,” or “oh four hundred,” is the time to wake up and get out of bed. Unofficially, you’re up 30 minutes before that.
0400: Lights, lights, lights! That's what firewatch yells as they throw the switches, turning on all the lights.Advertisement
0401: After 30 seconds to get 50 recruits in and out of the bathroom, now called the head, it's time to get dressed.
0415: Time to clean house.Advertisement
0430: Somewhere during that time, you got your boots tied, and it's time to get outside and "form up."
0500: Your platoon got into the chow hall first, and now you are done. Your next activity doesn't start until 0600, so it's time for drill.Advertisement
0600: Time for class.
0900: Class is over and there is an hour until afternoon chow. Time for more drill.Advertisement
1100: Time for MCMAP, the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program.
1500: You get back to the squad bay.Advertisement
1700: Evening chow.
1806: Rifle cleaning time.Advertisement
1900: You get one hour of "free time" before bed.
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