Marine Corps Boot Camp: 7-Mile Hike & Rifle Range Barracks

Marine Corps Letters From Boot Camp
Written by Kevin Webb

November 28th, 2009

Today was interesting. The day started at 0300 (3am) with chow and a 7-mile hike to the rifle range, where we’ll be spending the next 2 weeks in a new barracks on the other side of Parris Island. The hike was complete with a 50 lb pack (our small assault pack), rifle, canteens, gear for 2 weeks (all in our giant hiking pack) and our kevlar helmet. Don’t think for a minute that they let us hike or walk at a comfortable pace either. We jogged half of the way. They make us scream knowledge at the top of our lungs the entire time too.

Once we arrived at our new barracks, we unpacked, got “jacked up” for a bit, had a meeting, a core values class and then we drilled for 2 hours. After drill we hit the mess hall for chow. I had spaghetti, 4 pieces of bread, cake, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some melon, a glass of powerade and a glass of chocolate milk. After chow the D.I.’s “played games” with us for a couple hours. We did evening hygiene and now we’re on “free” time.

The new barracks is interesting. No stall walls. Just a big room with crappers in it. Our “home” barracks at least has separators…but still no doors. TP is scarce and craps are a dozen a day. I eat a lot. Sorry…probably TMI. My apologies.

The D.I.’s have been on us non-stop today…looking for “volume” even though we give it to them. A good example of how our free time is spent can be found in last night’s “free” time. They gave us a 4 paragraph creed to memorize in one hour. There was one copy of it for 76 recruits to copy from to study…and we had to prep our gear for the 7-mile hike. Typical day.

The hardest thing about boot camp for me (besides being away from my pregnant wife) is putting up with the immature 18 & 19 year olds that can’t shut up when they’re supposed to. It can get pretty frustrating. I think some of them are still in diapers. I call them recruit Huggies.

Well, that’s all for now. Rifle range starts Monday and I have (should have) some more free time tomorrow to make a new “Top 5” list

– Recruit Webb
Day 41 of 89

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  • Glass of powerade and a glass of chocolate milk? Four pieces of bread? Sounds like ya’ll got loved on in Alpha Co. Haha, Just playing, I graduated a few days ago from Lima Co. Semper Fidelis.

  • how do you manage to write on this blog while in bootcamp? I graduated last year and there’s no way to communicate to the outside other than letters.

    • I sent letters to my wife and she posted them to my blog. That way I didn’t have to write my entire family.

  • Thank You very much for taking the time to do this blog. Today is my son’s 41 day. Reading your blogs helps to keep me informed when I have no mail from him.

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