Posted on Dec 28, 2014
Cpl Peter Martuneac
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What is something really cool, or funny, or inspirational that one of your Drill Instructors or Drill Sergeants did? One of my favorite stories from boot camp was when our DI's asked me what MOS I was going to have. The conversation went like this:

Me: "0300, sir!"
DI: "Ah, so you're one of our stupid recruits. You get yourself an ASVAB waiver?"
Me: "No, sir. This recruit scored a 91 on the ASVAB!"
DI: "Bulls**t! If you're so smart, why the hell would you get stuck with an infantry contract?"
Me: "This recruit wants to be infantry, sir!"
DI: "You WANT to be infantry? So you ARE stupid, then!"
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When I was in boot (way back in '85), I got tonsillitis after returning from Christmas break. I wound up in the hospital for a couple of days. The Senior Drill showed up on my day of discharge (he was a HUGE as in BUILT like a bear!), and escorted me down to his car. When I got in, and we started to drive off, he asked "What sort of music do you like? I replied "Rock..." He said "OK" and switched his radio from the Jazz station he liked to the nearest rock station. Asked me if that was Ok, and I said sure. We talked a little small talk, and he asked me a few questions. As soon as we got back to the barracks, we got out of the car. He said "You know the drill" and then he winked and started yelling "TROOP! You better MOVE your F***ing *SS now! GET BACK IN THOSE BARRACKS! YOU THINK BECAUSE YOUR SICK YOU CAN JUST SCREW OFF!?? YOU BETTER DOUBLE TIME!" I broke into a double time with the biggest grin on my face I'd ever had - Him yelling was all for show. After that, all my stress about basic was completely gone...
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SPC Michael Terrell
SPC Michael Terrell
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SSgt Kathy Ragsdale - I had only used a few days leave when my time on active duty ended. I was an Engineer for AFRTS, and being single, I worked every holiday.
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PFC James Moorman
PFC James Moorman
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"Huge, built like a bear..." I believe the correct answer was "Whatever music you listen to Senior Drill Sergeant." :-)
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Pvt Gary Grunenberger
Pvt Gary Grunenberger
4 mo
What is Christmas break from boot camp?
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SPC Robert Bobo
SPC Robert Bobo
1 mo
Yep, I got heat exhaustion while doing war games over a few days at fort polk, never quit, but ended up at hospital after we got back to barracks , DIs went off after I got back from "my two days off"
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
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There was an Airman Special in on of my sister flights. When we were still in BDUs without name tapes, a TI walked up to him because he chuckled.

TI: What, do you think you are special?
AB: Sir, Airman Special reports as ordered!
TI: you have gotta be kidding me...
AB: Sir, Airman Special reports as ordered!
After about what seemed like 5 minutes of this back an forth (prob really only 2) the AB loses it and breaks the position of attention, pulls out an ID and says "Sir, seriously, my name is ACTUALLY Airman Special. The TI just turns around an walks off.
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PO1 David Kingsley
PO1 David Kingsley
3 mo
in my company in Boot, we had a Seaman Hyman, I think he went into Engineering
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SPC Nils Hammer
SPC Nils Hammer
3 mo
11 cav 1978 had a pvt Short. Short timers kept stealing his shirts.
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SGT Cynthia Rouse
SGT Cynthia Rouse
3 mo
I worked with Major Bozo and SFC Ben Dover.
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MSgt Peter Vatistas
MSgt Peter Vatistas
1 mo
I remember a Major Pounder.

...and yes, his first name was Richard, and went by Dick.
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Sgt Packy Flickinger
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Oh geeze. Lots of them. Boot was interesting. I'll post one or two at a time

We shipped from MEPS Phoenix. Some one screwed up the arrival time so we showed up at about 1800. None of the DI's were there yet so non- DI Marines started to check us in. First half of initial check in was calm and quiet. Not like you saw in the movies. It hit the fan a few hours later but the bottom line is we were in the rack before midnight and well before the rest of the company who arrived at 2100 (or abouts) like they were supposed to.

First revelie went off next morning and we all got out of the rack. The trash can flew down the aisle like in the movies. One person didn't get up. The DIs got in his face "GET UP'!!!! "NO" was the reply. The top rack, complete with recruit, went 6 feet in the air. He never made that mistake again.
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SGT Jodi WittBailey
SGT Jodi WittBailey
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SPC Samantha Stapley what's an alphabet?
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PFC Kim Howard
PFC Kim Howard
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SGT Debra Jahnel - Was that Tank Hill, Ft. Jackson SC? If so, I was born there, many years prior to that. But 40% attrition at boot camp, that's huge. That's like 20 recruits. Wow.

We were the first coed unit at Ft. Lost in the Woods. 3 male platoons and 1 female. We only lost a total of 3 females of 56 of us, 1 was psych, 1 was non-conforming and one got pregnant at Boot camp, because they were using a hospital screen to separate the males and females on the third floor. Really that's a true story. Just a metal framed hospital screen on wheels.
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David King
David King
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SGT Jodi WittBailey - If the DI cannot pronounce your name, you become an "Alphabet".
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