Enlisting in the United States Marine Corps shows a commitment to a strict schedule, the discipline to meet sky-high expectations and a willingness to devote oneself to the lifestyle it requires. While most civilians will never experience Marine Corps training, a handful of brave teachers volunteered to put themselves through a few days of recruitment to see if they have what it takes.
Educators from schools surrounding recruiting stations near Buffalo, NY and Pittsburgh, PA spent three days at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. The workshop covered basic training, core values and touches on the physical capabilities needed to go from being a lowly recruit to a bonafide United States Marine.
“You’ve just taken the first steps to become a member of the world’s finest fighting force: the United States Marine Corps,” the drill instructor says to the teachers as they first line up.
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“You will do what you are told to do when you are told to do it without question,” the instructor stresses as the new recruits stand at attention. “Starting now, you will train as a team. You will live, eat, sleep and train as a team.”
While the purpose of the event is first and foremost to give the instructors an idea of Marine Corps training in order to adequately prepare prospective students who might be interested, the “new recruits” are bossed around, yelled at and expected to train during the three days just like anyone else coming to the facility.
The teachers learn to march in unison, participate in hand-to-hand combat and even practice firing weapons.
“Educators Workshop is essentially a three-day program in which we take local educators from the area where we recruit from and give them an opportunity to witness first hand for themselves what a recruit who is attending actually goes through in order to transition from a civilian life to a Marine,” one of the drill sergeant says.