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Marine Corps Crucible: Surviving the Ultimate Challenge

The Crucible is the culminating event in recruit training. Working toward this point since the beginning of their recruit training, the only way to...

Not all Drill Instructors are Created Equally

An Unexpected Gift to an Ailing Marine Mom I’ll always remember that night. It was April 20, 2014… the evening I off dropped my son...

How to Become a Marine: It’s Not as Easy as Signing...

There's a misnomer with what it takes to join the Armed Forces. After all, our nation’s military is comprised of an all-volunteer force, so...

Marine Corps Boot Camp Receiving vs Other Military Branches

A quick look at how receiving differs throughout all the military services. Marine Corps Boot Camp vs Army Basic Training (Boot Camp) 13 weeks vs 10...

Marine Corps Boot Camp Stories: The Drawl Remembers When

“shitcan”:    A highly offensive term for the act of discarding an object or objects of an unpleasant nature, of no value or of inferior...

Life After Boot Camp and My First Deployment: Part Four

This is a continuation of Vietnam 'Throwback Thursday' series -- click to read from the beginning. After a few months I received orders to Okinawa,...

Life After Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part Three

This is a continuation of Vietnam 'Throwback Thursday' series.  Click to read from the beginning... It took a little over seven hours to get home...

Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part Two

This is part two of the series, please click to read part one.  After what seemed like eternity, we went on to some more hand...

Bootcamp in the Vietnam Era: Part One

We're doing a little something different here.  We received a compelling submission that was unlike anything we've ever seen before.  It was an amazing...

The Skinny on Drill Instructor Duty: What is it really like?

Do you want to know what being a Drill Instructor is Like and how it affects your family?  We did a Q&A with SSgt Cesar...