A Marine Returns To Where It All Began
Carl | June 27, 2013
(Holly left for Boot Camp at MCRD Parris Island three years ago this month. To commemorate this occassion, I am re-running some earlier postings.)
Marine recruits, regardless of if they are undergoing training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island or San Diego, will receive their introduction to Boot Camp by lining up on the yellow footprints.
Seeing as how our daughter (as do all female recruits)went to Parris Island for boot camp, one of the first things that she and the other recruits that were on the bus, after being told my a Drill Instructor to get off of the bus and to get onto the yellow footprints is this:
“You are now aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina, and you have just taken the first step toward becoming a member of the world’s finest fighting force, the United States Marine Corps.”
(The wording is pretty much the same on the west coast, just substitute San Diego)
As the DI’s shout out orders and instructions, telling the recruits the proper way to respond, stand at attention, etc., most of these potential Marines are wondering just what the hell they got themselves into.
After she had been at boot camp a few weeks, Sue sent our daughter a questionare she came across on a forum dedicated to the USMC, and the first question on it was “What thought passed through your head when you first stepped onto the yellow footprints?
Our daughter’s response?:
HOLY CRAP, HERE WE GO!!
The next step in the transition from civilian to Marine recruit is to pass through these two large silver doors:
These young women and men will only pass through this hatch once.
For those who make the grade and become United States Marines, one of their first stops on Family Day will be right back at the yellow footprints.
Cpl Andrews was no exception.
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