Parris Island: Once a Recruit, Always a Marine
The United States Marine Corps unique recruit training or ?boot camp? is the very heart of the Corps. Since 1915, the Parris Island, South Carolina, and San Diego, California recruit depots have given our nation Marines who have served their country in brave military tradition. Life as a Marine begins with Marine Corps recruit training?all under the watchful eye of the drill instructor, or DI, a character few Marine recruits ever forget. Here, for the first time, Author and former Parris Island drill-instructor Eugene Alvarez, records the training and tough physical and mental challenges that make a Marine. Drawn from first-hand accounts of recruits themselves, the memories and recollections in these pages are humorous, sad, profane and enlightening?describing a training program that, on first encounter, often appears insane. But the results are clear: a disciplined Marine with a proud history that he or she carries proudly in peace time or war.
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