I’ve received numerous emails from you guys asking a plethora of questions. Most common are those who are considering joining the Marine Corps soon or in the next few years. Some of you are excited to be a part of a war. I decided to address all of these issues in this blog post.
First, let’s talk physical fitness. Marine Corps boot camp is the toughest basic training of all the United States Armed Forces. For guys, you’ll be expected to do 3 dead hang pull ups, 45 crunches in two minutes, and run three miles under 28 minutes. Keep in mind these are the minimum standards. If you don’t want to be singled out by your drill instructors on a daily basis, aspire as close to the max as possible. Do 20 dead hang pull ups, 100 crunches in 2 minutes, and run three miles in 18 minutes, and you’ll have a perfect score of 300. This is Sparta.
Next, you’ve got to be disciplined to do the right thing. Every day in boot camp, you’ll be abruptly awakened, and you’ve got to hurry to throw your cammies on, make your rack, and get on line looking perfect. Might as well start now. Make your bed every morning, shave, hygiene, and get moving. Fast.
Research what you’re getting into. Marine Corps Recruit Depots make Marines, and they don’t hold back. Here’s a video to get you started. Use the internet and recruiters to your advantage. If it was easy, anyone could and would do it. But it’s not. You have to earn the title. The few, the proud. Semper Fi.