Teachers are typically used to giving commands not receiving them. But when you train to become a Marine, there's just one person you have to obey - the drill instructor!
“I think the teachers would love to have some of the abilities that the drill sergeants employee. I don’t think we’ve got it down as good as they have," said Thomson High School teacher Shana Brown.
Teachers from the CSRA joined hundreds of educators from the Southeast...learning what it takes to be a Marine at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina.
“Honestly, I didn’t know much about the military and I‘ve been pleasantly surprised about the Marines, and military life in general," said teacher Emily Ann Daniel.
“I think the endurance of it, the obstacle course, to the time of you have to get up, to the time and the directions you have to be familiar with" said Brown.
Part of the training involves a lot of hands-on experience for educators. They get to fire M16 assault rifles just a Marine would in combat.
“The biggest surprise is how mentally challenging it is. The mental challenge is unreal. You can just see it on their faces," said Daniel.
Teachers say, while they're somewhat familiar with ROTC programs in schools, the boot camp really teaches them which students would most benefit from military training.
“Even being at war, college is not for everyone, especially right off the bat. I think this is a great option for our students who don’t want to sit in the classroom," said Daniel.
“Sometimes...students aren’t motivated, lack self-control to pull of the necessary tasks. With that being said, I feel like this will give them that type of training," said Brown.
“Most students want discipline and that’s something you clearly get here. They want consistency and you get that here," said Brown.
Dedication, discipline and determination...some of the concepts these teachers say they plan to take back to the classroom.
“Regrettably so, I wasn’t a big fan of the military and I was interested in having my mind changed and it worked. Instead of teaching students, it’s always been my prerogative...where the ends don’t meet...and I think the Marines is a real good start for that type of training," said Brown.
Coming up on WJBF News Channel 6 on Thursday, we show you part 2 of this series on teachers receiving U.S. Marine training. We also put Archith Seshadri to the Marine test and see if he passes!