According to rumors, Drill Instructor School is like returning to boot camp, and consequently, some students might show up there thinking they are in for a trip back to their first day on the yellow footprints. Luckily, that’s only rumor.
While the school is challenging, it’s not a return to recruit training. Marines headed to the drill field start their journey at the 12-week-long school where they will spend 55 training days mastering a variety of subjects, including extensive first aid classes, CPR, general military subjects, swim qualification and physical fitness training. The coveted DI smoky hat just waiting for them at the end of the line.
Marines also participate in and conduct uniform inspections as well as have their leadership evaluated by instructors and fellow students. A big part of the course curriculum, however, focuses on drill and learning the Standard of Operations manual – the bible for recruit training. All of these classes prepare the Marines to take on the responsibility of training the Corps’ future. They’ll be training recruits to be a combat fighter and to learn the skills needed to execute quick reactions without thinking. Not a simple task at all, that’s for sure.