Yellow Foot Prints

Marine Corps boot camp - yellow footprints outside receiving at MCRD San Diego
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Yellow Foot Prints

*** I forgot to make this post live, so it is actually backdated, I should have posted it on the 2nd and I noticed on the 10th that I didn’t make it live ****

In the United States Marine Corps (USMC), there is a practice, almost a tradition that when you arrive at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (either San Diego or Parris Island – known as MCRD), you arrive at night, it adds to the shock and awe, it is part of the mystic and it can really scare the sh*t out of you. When the bus arrives, it is dark, almost as if the depot is abandoned, then once the bus stops out of nowhere a group of Drill Instructors (DIs) ascend on the bus and organized chaos starts and life, as I knew, is stopped.

To make a long story short, 31 years ago today, I stepped on those infamous yellow footprints, and my life as a United States Marine started, forever changing me and my life. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful).

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Staff Sgt Justin L. Hansen, chief drill instructor, Receiving Company, Recruit Training Regiment, prepares the read aloud articles from the Uniform Code of Military Justice during receiving April 23 aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The UCMJ is the foundation of military law in the United States. The articles read to the recruits pretain to recruit training and their time aboard the depot
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Welcome to the Average Joe Weekly blog. This is basically my place on the web where I can help spread some of the knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I served 10+ years in the Marine Corps on Active Duty, but that was some 25 years ago.

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