U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Training, a.k.a. boot camp, is both famous and infamous for its difficulty and grade of duress. A 13-week long and hard program of initial training that each recruit must successfully complete in order to become one of the few and the proud, to be able to hold the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor in their hands, to reach the moment on which they can proudly claim to have earned the honor to serve in the United States Marine Corps.
Marines claim that their recruit training is the most physically and mentally difficult amongst the Uniformed Services, not only because it requires a more demanding Physical Fitness Test (PFT), but also because of all recruits having to meet the strictest height and weight standards. The main of source of the pride and sense of accomplishment comes because of the strictest of all the branches drill discipline and highest of the standards. As an example, this video shows U.S. Marine Corps recruits participate in Final Drill at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. The recruits were scored according to confidence, attention to detail, and discipline. The Final Drill is held during the last week before graduation and the senior drill instructor drills the platoon, establishing them as one of the newest members of “the Few and the Proud.” An incredibly proud moment. Just ask any Marine. They will tell you.