First day of Boot Camp (November 13, 1990)

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    Okay, this ends my two weeks of four military anniversaries.  You will not see me talk about the Marines for another year.

    Twenty-one years ago on this date, I started my basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.  It is just something that no Marine will ever forget.  At least several times a year, I have a “nightmare” of my boot camp experience.  The movies and documentaries make the Marine Corps boot camp look very tough.  Trust me, it is actually a lot harder in person.  Still, you can get a glimpse of what Marine Corps boot camp is like by watching the two Making a Marine videos on YouTube.  Yes, the drill instructors do yell at you all the time.

    Today I just happened to find the Marine Corps Boot Camp video on YouTube that I purchased back in February, 1991.  I left my copy in Kazakhstan back in 1999 so when I saw this online, it brought back some memories.  I still got my cammies in that the woodland designs.  The video does not do the actual boot camp any service, the above Making a Marine link is more realistic.  I remember calling this version (below) the “Made for Mommy” version.  It is still good.


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