This week gives recruits a chance to enhance the quality of life aboard the installation for those who work there and future recruits.
They spend a lot of time during the week beautifying the base or assisting other Marines or employees in their daily tasks, whether it is at the recycling area or at the Recruit Training Regiment. The same also applies for those recruits who stay back at Camp Pendleton.
Personally, this week seemed to be a bit of a break, at least for the drill instructors. Although they were still with the recruits most of the day, it was easy on them because others were occupying the recruit’s time. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s still not the average lazy day you may be thinking of, but for boot camp both parties get a nice break from each other.
More importantly the recruits are finally in 3rd Phase and sooner than not they will be the senior company aboard the depot.
There has been a huge change in the recruits as far as attitude goes and their individual personalities are coming back around. One thing they all have in common though is the pride and confidence they display. This was the first thing I noticed when I walked in on them in mismatched uniforms while they were preparing them for alterations. Nothing but smiles, at least when they DIs weren’t watching.
It didn’t matter to them that they were wearing delta trousers (blue) with and alpha coat (green). They were just ecstatic to be wearing one of America’s most respectable uniforms.
A while back I mentioned talking about the different aspects of the uniform and how they have different meanings. The blood stripe is sewn on to the delta trousers after being promoted to a Corporal (E-4). It is said that we wear this blood stripe in honor of those who were involved with Chapultepec.
Series Commander Inspection
This is another inspection to challenge the recruits on the knowledge they have retained as well as test their bearing, inspect the upkeep of their uniforms and their progression of rifle manual.
Much like the senior drill instructor inspection, the recruits prepared for this thoroughly and were formed into platoons standing tall waiting for the series commander.
It is certainly not as intense as the SDI inspection as the chaos involved is not the same. But I feel as though the recruits are just as nervous because they have someone much higher to answer to. Typically every recruit will fail the Senior Drill Instructor Inspection and not every recruit will fail the Series Commander Inspection. This inspection will help prepare them for the Battalion Commanders Inspection.
I want to take a minute to recognize the importance of inspections. Let’s use a uniform inspection for example. Usually a staff noncommissioned officer will tell a junior Marine to perform an inspection. In return the SNCO will inspect the final product after all discrepancies have been fixed. The reason they do this is because in the event a Marines uniform is unserviceable or incorrect. That Marine will be corrected on the spot, but then they will also confront the SNCO or officer and ask why their Marine is out of uniform and then guess what… Know that old saying sh*t roles down hill? It does.
Marine Corps benefits
Marines join the military for different reasons. I have been a from
coast to coast and part of several different units and I here the same thing over and over again from junior Marines. They all ask, where are these benefits I was promised?
When I joined, my recruiter pulled out these little tags. I think there were probably about 14 of them. He said to me “Of these tags, what do you want to do with your future?”
I picked education, travel and I think financial stability. He said to me “the Marine Corps can give you all these things, you just have to go out and get it. The Marine Corps won’t just hand it to you, but it’s there.”
He wasn’t lying, but it was his advice about going out and getting it that’s important. Junior Marines don’t realize it at first because everything is pretty much do as I say until they start picking up rank. No one is going to say “go to the education center and get tuition assistance for that class you want to take.” Nor will they say “you should request an individual augment billet with a Marine Expeditionary Unit so you can travel to other countries.”
So do your kids recruiter a favor, remind your recruits why they joined and tell them to go after it. Recruiters just point potential Marines in the right direction, once they make it, all they have to do is ask and be persistent.
Do some research on Dan Daly. He is remembered for many things, but commonly a famous saying. He is also the epitome of a exemplar Marine. Each time a company graduates, one Drill Instructor receives the Dan Daly award for being the hardest working. Who do you think will win?
The winner of the rifle range: Platoon 2150
Final CFT: Platoon 2156
Please remember it’s not about who gets first place… it’s about being consistent. When the winner of honor platoon is determined it might just surprise you.