Earlier this week, we showed you what teachers are doing to learn about the US Marines.
It’s a process they say is important to find out who really would benefit from Marines Corps training.
But it wasn’t just teachers that got a first-hand look at US Marines life.
We shipped News Channel 6’s Archith Seshadri to Parris Island, SC.
Could he endure the long hours? And did he survive the boot camp?
Honor, courage, and commitment – the three core values every Marine lives by.
“It’s the biggest decision I’ve ever made for sure,” said Clayton Snider.
“Here you move at speed volume everywhere you go. That’s the hardest thing to adapt to. You yell everything, everywhere you go you sprint,” said Matthew Weaver.
“You don’t realize how much you can get done in one day. You wake up at 4 and you get dressed faster than you ever have,” said Snider.
It’s a grueling 13-week process as these recruits transform into US Marines.
It starts at here at the yellow foot prints.
Recruits must follow orders or face tough consequences.
This is the squad bay where many of the recruits spend 13 weeks during the initial orientation. They live here. They sleep here. They share bathrooms with 50 other recruits. They have to give up on many word luxuries.
“It took me about a week to stop checking my pocket for my cell phone. Your own clothes, music, TV, main electronics, not being able to drive anywhere,” said Matthew Weaver.
Things you take for granted at home, you realize what it means here. Using your cell phone, using the bathroom by yourself," said Snider.
"There’s 53 guys in our room. Everyone’s a close knit family now. Everybody knows each other’s name, where we live, what we like, we’re like family now,” said Weaver.
A new military family these recruits must now embrace.
They also rely on their immediate family to tell them about what’s going on outside the training grounds.
"Most of the recruits when we read letters, we break down, we cry but its happy tears so see letters and pictures,” said Weaver.
“You never stop missing someone but you learn to deal with it,” said Snider.
But it’s not just an emotional journey that these recruits must overcome.
They have to endure physical challenges as well. Part of the training involves firing weapons and completing an obstacle course.
It’s training that helps them prepare for combat.
“I am on the ropes walk which is just one of many exercise before they become marines. This is here at the crucible. It’s like a final exam. Before they graduate they have to go through this rigorous process where they have to learn things like team work, leadership and discipline.”
"I know a huge thing is maturity. Before I come here I was a kid. I’m not a man yet but since I’ve been here, I’ve grown up a lot," said Snider.
And when it’s all said and done, these marines embark upon a new journey.
One they’ve had a lifetime to prepare for.
“As far as fighting for our country, I’d be honored to do that and hope my children or grandchildren do this," said Snider.
All female recruits across the United States train at Parris Island.
All male recruits who live east of the Mississippi receive their initial marine training at Parris Island and male recruits west of the Mississippi, train at San Diego.
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