This is the first set of photos in a series, “Making Marines,” which attempts to show a glimpse into what the Marine Corps boot camp is like. My colleague Dan and I were invited to San Diego along with a group of educators from the Midwest to see what Marine boot camp is like. We went off a little on our own, and this is right when the recruits arrive to the USO at the San Diego airport before boarding the buses to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot to begin their three-month training. These are just a couple of my favorite.
Anybody that brought a bag was again “reminded” that they had come with too much.
Recruits were instructed to just make sure they had one shirt on, and if they were wearing any Marine clothing were told to turn it inside out for they hadn’t earned it yet.
As many as six drill instructors will greet the new recruits, who will stand on the iconic Yellow Footprints. They will endure near constant yelling for the next three months to break the down so they can be built back up.
The recruits were told to read the military conduct, which they were now under military law.
A controlled chaos is created to disorient the recruits.