Boot camp was life changing.
I know that sounds so cheesy but it seriously was. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I came back a totally different person. And I am so thankful for that. Before boot camp I was your typical 18 year old New Yorker. I went out and partied all the time, disrespected my parents, and didn’t care about anyone else but myself.
People always ask me if I would be ok if my children went into the military when they are older. My answer is ABSOLUTELY. It would be an absolute honor to have my children serve. But before they left I would definitely give them some pointers so that they can succeed and come back the best that they can be.
So here is for anyone who is thinking about joining The United States Marine Corps. These are 5 tips before leaving for boot camp:
You will go through a lot of yelling. A LOT! The Drill Instructors will yell all day long. It may get frustrating and they may get you angry but I promise they have a purpose in mind. Everything that they do, they do it for a reason. There are times where you may want to cry, scream, and even want to punch them in the face. But do as they say and keep quiet. As a New Yorker, I had a very hard time with this one. If I didn’t like something, I said it. Well, let’s just say those days didn’t go so well in boot camp.
You may not like everyone in your platoon and that’s ok. But you will realize quickly that you are treated as a team. If one messes up, you all mess up. Therefore, encourage one another to be the best that you can be. You will build a bond like no other. Those brothers/sisters are the only friends you have at the time. Nothing will revolve around you anymore. You will always work as a team and the only way to get through it is to encourage each other.
Be the Best You Can Be
Always give your 100%. ALWAYS! You are an important piece to the puzzle and you need to do your job. Others will be relying on you and looking at you for inspiration. Your career starts then and for the rest of the years in the Corps, you will be an example for those that fall under you. You will have some hard days but remember why you did it. Why did you step foot on those yellow foot prints? Dig deep. This chance comes once in a lifetime. Why not give it all you’ve got?
You will have no communication with your loved ones for 13 weeks. You may be focused on a lot of different things but don’t forget that you have friends and family who are anxiously waiting your arrival. Write home just to let them know that you’re ok. My brother left for boot camp before I did and he never wrote home. My family and I were devastated. We did not know what was going on and we missed him dearly. Therefore, I made sure I wrote home. My mom kept all my letters and its great looking back on those memories.
Let Yourself Be Broken Down
It can be hard to change. Letting go of old habits and starting something new is intimidating. But you have to allow yourself to be broken down. That is the only way that you will come out as a new person. The Drill Instructors will rebuild you and make you into something incredible. Someone with discipline, respect, and confidence. If you don’t change, then you didn’t allow them to break you. Trust them and they will help you succeed.
You will be one of the few that has the honor of calling themselves a Marine. Your eagle, globe, and anchor will not be handed to you, it will be earned. Good Luck to all those who are embarking in the journey. We love you all so much. Best of luck!
Please, if you have any boot camp graduates, post pictures below. We would love to see and congratulate them!