By Predator - 21/3/2021 18:30 - United States - Cedar Rapids

Such a healthy environment

Today, on my first full day on Marine Corps boot camp, my drill instructor pulled me and another kid in front of 200 other recruits to vote on who was uglier between the two of us. I won. FML
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You dont have access to cell phones normally. Some branches will let you have them instead of using pay phones to make a phone call once or twice for usually 30 minutes during boot but then they are usually taken right back. And I dont think youd still have them on your first day, but I'm not a marine so I cant really say for sure

By  mike3775  |  32

Man, when I went to boot camp in 1993, we got a 2 minute phone call home on first day and after that, we only got to call home every Sunday only, if we were lucky enough to not lose the privilege because some one in the company screwed up.

As far as OP, it’s boot camp. That’s pretty tame compared to insults people (including myself) got when I went

By  Plop  |  9

To the geniuses here who seem unable to figure out the magic trick: the "today" in the post doesn't have to be literal. Chances are, OP went to booty camp years ago and just posted the anecdote today, which explains the access to a cellphone/PC.

By  mayaklast  |  12

About what one would expect from the delightful world of the marines. Quit if you haven't already... And yeah, most FML aren't actually from 'today' people, it doesn't mean the guy has his phone during his boot camp. Also... the 'I had it even worse so don't complain' thing doesn't make it OK. The fact that you had to deal with assholes don't make new assholes any less awful or don't authorize you to be assholes as well.

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  mike3775  |  32

It’s designed to build character. They break you down, and build you back up. You are supposed to hate it so much, you want to avoid it happening again.

If one person messes up, the entire company gets punished (like Full Metal Jacket). That is done to build teamwork, and also train you to help the ones who are having a hard time.

As far as “soft” boot camp, my boot camp time in 1993 was indeed “soft” compared to someone who had gone through just a decade prior. My drill instructor/company commander couldn’t slap me like what was shown in Full Metal Jacket, so yes, my time was softer than previous people, but it’s even softer now from what I have read.

Hell my crossing the line ceremony (going from Polywog to Shellback when crossing the equator)was very very tame compared to what others had gone through just a couple years prior (thanks to the outcry over a hazing incident that made national news), and my second time crossing two years later was even tamer than the first, again thanks to another hazing scandal that went national.

By  cpguru24  |  5

1) all recruits look the same in boot camp. Your all ugly with your shaved heads lol
2) you did not have your cell phone in boot. Maybe when you got to MCT, but not before.
3) Take the good and leave the bad. Your better for the training you received.
4) Are you a marine? Most marines would not bitch about boot on FML.

Thank you for serving. Even if you didn't make it through (its not for everyone) good job on pushing your boundaries. One of the best things you can do in life is learn and try what you like and learn what you don't like. It is the trying that matters most.

By  JasonThorn  |  18

Even in the USAF, they pull this sort of mind-trip on you. My MTI (military training instructor) greeted us as we got off the bus with, "I sure HOPE you don't like me, because I sure as F**K don't like YOU!"

By  Tammy Gabb  |  3

It gets worse lol they have to break you down to build you up