“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” is a common saying that originated from a famous Chinese proverb. Even though the meaning of this proverb is clear, people don’t always know what that “first step” is. Of course, in the U.S. Marine Corps, uncertainty isn’t a problem, especially in boot camp. Particularly in boot camp.
Recruit training is a highly scripted affair in the U.S. Marines, and nothing really begins until “that” famous haircut. Nothing.
Here U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, receive their initial haircuts upon arriving to the Receiving Building aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Weekly haircuts are a staple in recruit training. Recruits don’t know this yet, but this weekly haircuts meant to strip recruits of their individuality and for hygienic purposes, will become part of their life and personality as U.S. Marines for the rest of their careers regardless of how long that career is. For some, it becomes a permanent part of their life, even well beyond those active duty days.