Random Thoughts of Nothingness


I try not to keep you all waiting for updates too long and this entry is probably full of random nothingness. So with that being said, I am just checking in with a not-so-lengthy blurb of random thoughts.

Your recruits have been staying extremely busy and extremely tired. Not to worry, it’s the preferred method by both DI and trainee. It takes their minds off being homesick and the time goes by much faster.

You are probably taking boot camp from the outside day by day right now, but your recruits are most likely taking their days chow by chow. It’s the easiest way for them to estimate what time it is, as they are not authorized a clock or any type of time-telling item.

After spending a grand total of 15 minutes in the company office today, I took a moment to listen to the way we speak amongst ourselves. I came to realize that if we took some random person who isn’t military savvy and invited them into our conversation, they wouldn’t have a clue what we were talking about.

Jargon is a way of the military in general. Marines use so much of it, you might think we are talking in a different language. I can honestly say recruits are 90% lost when it comes to the terminology. Even I don’t know every acronym the Marine Corps has to offer. (and I am 100% guilty of pretending like I know what they are talking about and then Googling it later.)

For example, Staff Sgt. Jackson told a recruit to pound on the hatch, sound off, stand at attention in front of the CO and report in. He even showed him how to do it.

This translates into: Bang on the door with your first, yell recruit on deck and stand tall with your hands on your trouser seams in front of the commander and say Recruit “Last Name” reporting as ordered.

The recruit walked-in, slapped the door frame and then I stopped paying attention. I just shook my head and wondered why recruits make things so difficult for themselves. But then it came to me, these recruits are so intimidated by their drill instructors, they only hear half of what they are told, and common sense goes out the window. Everything else that is said is forgotten because they are too busy concentrating on how to not mess up and impress the Marines who will most likely become their inspiration for achievement. (next to you all, of course.)

Give them some time, they will catch on and things will become easier for them.

LAST, but not least…

There is a common cold that goes around every company when they receive new recruits. We call it the recruit crud. It’s disgusting and it sucks, but it goes away. However, a small cold should be expected when you bring 86 people together from different states and make them live together. Besides, what would be the benefit of free medical if you never had to use it anyway?


Today I saw the DIs force their recruits to put on sun block. Safety is paramount in the Marines, and it certainly doesn’t end here.

Rank structure is important to abide by in the military. Over the years, some ranks have been lost in time such as the technical sergeant. This might make for an interesting conversation starter in your next letter…

When photos become available (which will be VERY soon) they can be found here or by visiting the Gallery page and clicking on the link.

[Editors Note: Opinions expressed are not to be considered an official expression of the DoD, DoN, or the USMC.]

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Sgt. Frasier enlisted in the Marine Corps July 2005 from Florida at the age of 18. After completing boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, she proceeded to Marine Combat Training in North Carolina. In 2006, she attended the Personnel Administration Course aboard Camp Johnson, N.C. She was stationed at Camp Lejeune upon graduation of her military occupational specialty. After deploying to Iraq with 3/10 in 2008, Sgt. Frasier reenlisted with the option to lateral move into another occupation, combat correspondent. Sgt. Frasier has worked at The Globe, the base newspaper aboard Camp Lejeune; The Convoy, the group circular for 1st Marine Logistics Group and The Chevron, the base paper for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. Sgt. Frasier served as the Community relations and Media noncommisioned officer in charge for the Public Affairs Office aboard the depot. Currently she is the Marketing and Public Affairs Director for Recruiting Station Chicago, 9th Marine Corps District. Her awards include the National Defense Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism, Good Conduct Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.

27 thoughts on “Random Thoughts of Nothingness

  1. So we are in week 3, I understand the are there to become Marines.
    Is it common to not receive mail at this point? There are a lot of parents from
    Platoon 2149 that have not received letters, from the DI or our recruits, we just
    want to know how our young men are doing.
    I have sent about 5 letters, is he getting them or when are they allowed to get them??
    Thank you for your updates, I appreciate them and look forward to them!!

    • I am sure your mail is making it to him even if you haven’t received anything yourself. I can understand your concerns. The First Sgt. of the company is addressing this matter. You, and the rest of the families with recruits from 2149, should expect to see letters shortly. If there is still nothing within the next week, let me know. We are not authorized to hold mail, so as the DIs receive it, it is distributed in the evening during their free time.

  2. Thank you for this update. My son is Plt. 2154 and I am extremely proud of him and know this will be the most difficult experience thus far in his life. Thanks again!

    • Yes, thank you so much for keeping us informed. It’s very difficult not to see or hear from our sons. Of coarse as mothers, we worry about them. I got one letter from my son. It was sooo nice to hear from him. I love the support and information given to us. My son is also in Golf Co. Plt. 2154. I am also very very proud of him.

  3. thank you again for keeping us connected to our young men. and giving us some insight to what they are going through..

    • it is so nice to see what they are going thru and where they are at in the training it helps alot to know that they are becoming men and will beable to protect not only us but the USA praying for all the young men in this bn.

  4. My daughter/PLT4033/Oscar Co. has been there since July 25 and she’s in 2nd phase. I look forward to your postings, because it gives me an insight and a different perspective as to the Recruit Training. My son went through this a couple of years ago, and this time around I have to say it’s a little bit easier, but I live on the computer looking for any information I can find. Thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us. I love reading your work!

    • The recruit training for females and males is pretty much the same. Some people say that female drill instructors are harder than males because they think they have something to prove. I don’t believe in that. After seeing what I have seen, I think we are treated equally as recruits. What is put into recruits is what the drill instructors put out. If they are not being hard on them, they are cheating the recruits out of real training. I will try to add a little more of the female side to my posts to give you a better perspective on things. Stay tuned.

  5. Thank you for the updates. Our son is in Plt. 2151 and it helps our days go by faster knowing he is keeping busy and doing well as we learned in his first letter home. He said the days go by fast and the food isn’t the worst. As a mom, it was great to hear these things and it is hard to believe he is starting his third week of boot camp already.

  6. Thank you so much for keeping up up-dated. My son is in Plt 2156 & i’ve only received 1 letter from him so far….don’t get me wrong I am very glad to have gotten that! I just figured that are being kept very busy. When does the next phase start?

    • Phase 2 starts in week 5 if I am not mistaken. Their is a good chance your recruit is using his free time to practice drill. Initial drill is coming up soon, and the recruits and drill instructors are graded on their performance.

  7. Sgt. Frazier,
    Thank you for caring about our what we are feeling. Some of us have older sons and daughters who have been thru boot camp before and know what it consists of and others like myself, are experiencing boot camp for the first time. Your posts are greatly appreciated and help me every day knowing they are well taken care of.
    Will you be at graduation on Nov. 18? I would like to meet and thank you personally.

  8. I too hope you will be there at Graduation so I can thank you in person. Like others i haven’t heard from my son either. Hoping soon since I sent him a few stamped addressed envelopes and some paper.

  9. I also would like to thank n SGT Frasier for her coverage of our kids to men transition. Like others in Plt. 2149, we have yet to hear from our son. Patience is something we have to learn.

  10. We got our first letter from our son on Tuesday and he said it was the first hour he had to himself to be able to write since he got off the bus! So, it’s hard to wait but just know that the letters will come, and probably no news is good news and mean he is just keeping really busy. Our son is in Plt 2154 and we have really enjoyed getting a glimpse into the recruits’ world through this blog and the videos. Thank you SO much for taking the time to do this … it’s appreciated more than you can ever know!

  11. Plt 2151 – not a single letter yet except the form letter – so your posts and video blogs help keep us sane. Thank you.

  12. Thank you for this….. My son is a few weeks ahead (Phase II) in Hotel Co Plt 2169, but this is so helpful to know what he has been through…. his letters never tell me all I want to know…
    How very awesome this is for the parents who will get to see pictures of their sons and get to follow them step by step.

  13. Thank you SOOOO much!! Was a surprise to see my son bald! He looks wonderful. You have made my day/week for sure.

  14. My son is Golf Co. Plt. 2154. I got one letter. I continue to send letters every other day or so. They need a lot of encouragement at this point. Remember it could take up to 7 days for the letters to even reach your recruit. I live in WI. so it has a long way to go to get to my son. I also very much appreciate the videos and blogs. I check every day to see if there is any thing new posted. It is very comforting to stay connected. Thank you Sgt. Frasier!!!

  15. My son already graduated last month and I look forward to these posts also. He tried to describe to me what boot camp was like but these posts really put it all in perspective. To the families of the new recruits, the 13 weeks seem to go by so slowly but before you know it, it will be time for graduation. Best wishes to all of you, Soon you will have your Marine home.

    • It can be really difficult to describe everything he experienced for a few reasons. However, I think the main reason might be because he has learned so much in a very small amount of time. Many things taught in boot camp are only the beginnings, he will explore what he has learned throughout his Marine Corps career. Learning is continuous (like chow when your in the field 😉 )

  16. Thank you again, from another Plt. 2154 mom. I check this blog throughout the day, and every one of your updates are appreciated immensely! You mentioned that mail is given to the recruits during free time in the evening. Can you tell me if this is every night, or only on certain days of the week? I read somewhere that they only get mail twice a week, and it would be great to know they’re getting it more often. Thanks so much!

  17. I’ve been looking thru the pictures – and came across my son a few times. Thank you! Question though – in some pictures he is not wearing his glasses – on the obstacle course. Is that normal? He can’t see without them, wonder why he’s not wearing them when others are! Thanks,

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