The USMC Educator’s Workshop is a four-day experience designed to give educators and influencers a more accurate picture of Marine Corps life and what it takes to earn the title. My co-workers and I recently attended one of these workshops along with educators from Portsmouth, NH and Harrisburg, PA. We spent four precisely scheduled days at Parris Island where our assigned drill instructors led us through the process of turning a civilian into a Marine. We were allowed incredible access to talk with recruits, witness the training, and experience a little taste of it ourselves. We were also encouraged us to ask any questions, even impertinent ones, and everything was answered frankly. We did so many things in four days that I felt the best way to cover it all would be a series of updates, each one dealing with a different aspect of our experience.