When you think of Marine boot camp, do you imagine the movie Full Metal Jacket? Do you imagine being harassed, ridiculed and pushed to your limits like they are in the movie?
Is it really that tough?
Well, yes and no.
While it’s true that there will be some of all of this, the way it is done has certainly changed over the years. The swearing has decreased and racial insults and physical altercations are no longer allowed.
You won’t have to worry about being hit or being insulted with racial or other derogatory slurs.
However, don’t think that because these things have been eliminated, it will be easy.
Drill Instructors have a difficult job and that job is to transform ordinary citizens into basically trained Marines. Being a Marine is stressful and therefore, bootcamp has to be stressful and challenging in order to qualify you as a Marine.
The real difficult parts of Marine boot camp can be broken down into two areas.
The mental stress during boot camp is perhaps the most difficult part to overcome. Most recruits are young and have never been away from home. All the sudden, they find themselves in an environment that puts an amount of mental stress on them that they likely have never experienced.
- You will be expected to perform tasks in ridiculous amounts of time.
- No matter what you do, it will always be wrong or not good enough.
- You’ll have multiple Drill Instructors shouting at you, making it nearly impossible to think with a clear head.
- You’ll spend 13 weeks away from the comforts of civilian life.
- You’ll have to learn to work as a team with people you don’t even know. This could be a bit stressful.
- Of course, this is only a short list of situations that you may find mentally stressful.
The physical demands of boot camp certainly can’t be ignored. However, it’s much easier to get in shape physically than it is to be prepared mentally.
The reason is that you know what to expect as far as physical standards go but you will never know what the Drill Instructors will throw at you at any given time.
Don’t get me wrong, just because you arrive at boot camp in top physical condition, it doesn’t mean you won’t experience a lot of physical pain from the daily exercise. There will even be times that you’ll feel like giving up after being pushed to your limits.
However, during boot camp, you’ll discover that your limits are much higher than you currently think they are.
Boot camp will break you down no matter how prepared you are but those who arrive in shape will be able to respond and adapt better.
Be sure and visit our workout section and find some workouts that can help you get in shape for boot camp.
So is Marine boot camp hard?
Of course it’s hard! It’s likely that you haven’t experienced anything as hard as boot camp is. There will be times you’ll wonder why you made the decision to become a Marine.
You’ll feel like giving up and you’ll experience pain and stress at a level you would have never thought possible.
However, one you graduate and become a US Marine, you’ll see that it was all worth it. You’ll walk away as a person with more confidence.
You’ll walk proud and know deep inside that you’ve passed the test that only few can claim.