I went to McChord Field to get a new ID card. As I was leaving, I passed a 6-foot-tall sign that featured a picture of a Marine Drill Instructor in a barracks chewing out a recruit. The photo was of what I would say a standard chewing out, nothing overboard. Ah the memories. 5 foot of the poster was focused on the different types and definition of harassment. I was frustrated that they were focusing their example of harassment on Marine basic training.
Marines have the reputation of being tough, disciplined and exhibiting a high level of Sprit de Corps.
If you examine why that is, it starts day one at boot camp. You are mentally stressed, physically stressed, and pushed to achieve more than you thought you could. Marines are trained for combat and the stresses that come with it. You have to have grit to become a Marine.
Angela Duckworth was one of the phycologists hired by West Point to determine why cadets drop out and to design a way of determining who would drop out before they started as freshmen. She and others determined that Grit and perseverance were the best predictors of who would graduate. (You should read her book “Grit”). Marine boot camp helps instill grit. They push you to achieve what you never thought you could. Pride in yourself comes when you see what you accomplished and can now visualize how much farther you can go.
If I had to face a graduating class of Marines verses a graduating class of Airman I know which I would rather face.
Where are we headed??? A ZOOM basic training course?
I understand there is a line between the harassment a DI offers you and abuse. Please listen, if this level of harassment is more than you feel you can accept….join another service! Don’t campaign to change the Marines.
They take away my tanks and now this.