Educator’s Workshop: The Barracks.
Posted By: Rebecca Cullers 03-30-11
Next, we were filed into a barracks and given the next speech that is given to all new recruits:
“My name is (RANK NAME) I am your senior drill instructor, I’m assisted in my duties by Drill Instructors (rank name), our mission is to train you to become a US Marine. A Marine is characterized as someone who possesses only the highest of military virtues, he obeys orders and respects his seniors he also strives constantly to be the very best in everything he does. DISCIPLINE AND SPIRIT are the hallmarks of a United States Marine, each and everyone one of you can become a Marine if you develop discipline and spirit. We will give every effort to train you even if you have given up on yourselves, starting right now you will treat me and all my other marines with the highest of respect for we have earned our place as marines and will expect nothing less than that from you. We will treat you as we do our fellow marines, with fairness firmness dignity and compassion. AT NO TIME will you be physically or verbally abused by any marine or recruit. Should someone abuse or mistreat you I expect you to report it to me or one of my Drill Instructors. Or if you feel I have mistreated you, I expect you to report it to your series commander (rank name). Starting now my Drill Instructors and me will be with you everyday and everywhere you go. Now I have told you what my Drill Instructors and I will do for you. FROM YOU we demand the following. You will give 100 percent of yourselves at all times, obey all orders quickly willingly and without questions. At no time will you physically or verbally abuse another marine or recruit, be completely honest in everything you do. Marines never lie, cheat, or compromise. You will respect the rights and properties of others; Marines never steal. You must work hard to strengthen your bodies, be proud of yourself and the uniform you wear. Try your best to learn the things your taught, above all else you will NEVER QUIT AND YOU WILL NEVER GIVE UP. For we offer you the challenge in recruit training, the opportunity to earn the title United States Marine.”
It was really nice to hear. And I think we were all quite inspired. Our Drill Instructors then made us line up each before a bed and showed us the sort of things expected of recruits. Again, everything had a point. Recruits slept head to toe to prevent the spread of disease. All the bed making and proper putting away of things was also for hygiene.
We were treated to a fabulous demonstration of what individual attention from a Drill Instructor looks like. Drill Sgt. Lopez spent two minutes screaming at her coworker to stand up, get back down, do pushups and jumping jacks. It was all quite intense as Drill Sgt. Lopez got in her face and ordered her around. The Marine was sweating heavily by the end and Drill Sgt. Lopez looked almost as tired. We were told that only six minutes of that treatment was allowed at a time, for both the recruit’s sake and the drill instructors. Apparently, screaming at people is just as stressful as being screamed at.
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