Marines serve a nation whose military services are under the command of the President; the Commander in Chief. Our oath of service requires that we carry out the lawful orders of those appointed over us, and Marines have done so faithfully for more than two hundred years. Now a new generation is emerging to join the long line of their patriotic forbearers. We who have gone before owe them forthright counsel that comes from our experiences and observations and so, this is my list.
Upon completion of his training, his will not be an easy life. By comparison to the other US military services he will be an American Spartan. He will be called upon to suffer the insufferable; but he will fight and win if those who send him into harm's way give him the requisite support to do his job. I wish him the very best and God's protection from evil abroad and at home.
To you, young patriot, I say:
You are soon off to Parris Island for the second most important act of your life...second only to your commitment of your life to God. Don't ever forget that!
You will make a great Marine and when you do, you will have my hearty congratulations. Between now and then you will be tested beyond your imagination, but you can do it...literally millions have and succeeded in being awarded the title, "Marine."
Your biggest tests will be psychological...don't let them get under your skin, if they succeed in doing that, you will be a target, keep a low profile.
You will soon wonder about your determination to be 1st in your graduating class because it's going to be tough, not just physically but psychologically...but it's a worthy objective...so go for it! You would make me proud to stand next to the Commanding General and pin a promotion on your sleeve.
Here are a number of dos and don'ts:
- Do give it 100% of your mind and body.
- Do always remember who you are: son of Charlie, and Grandson of Paul, a Distinguished Service Cross recipient in WWI and preacher of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior. You are also the great nephew of a Marine and second cousin of a soldier...so, DFIU!
- Do everything with honor and honesty.
- Do eat properly and sleep as much as you can...you'll need the energy and rest.
- Do extra workouts when others are sitting on their bunks...but meter, meter and hydrate.
- Do extra study as much as you possibly can, it's your brain that controls everything else...use it.
- Do memorize and exercise the principles of leadership.
- Do memorize your rifle number, your serial number and general orders right away.
- Do keep your mouth shut, eyes open and pay attention!
- Do obey the lawful orders of your seniors.
- Do always be respectful, despite the fact that you are going to meet some genuine assholes!
- Do always help your fellow recruits who may be having trouble, even the ones you don't particularly like.
- If you get hurt, speak up as a matter of fact without fanfare.
- Do keep focused on the fact that you will be learning that you are part of the best team in the world.
- Do pace yourself, it's a long twelve weeks that will be over in a flash, but will seem like eternity while you are going through it.
- Do choose your friends wisely.
- Do read your Bible every day!
Here are some don'ts:
- Don't take anything personally from your DIs or your fellow recruits.
- Don't cheat.
- Don't take anything that does not belong to you.
- Don't eat too fast...it's better to stop short than swallow too fast.
- Don't use illegal drugs, or alcohol to excess.
- Don't get injured, so be aggressive carefully.
- Don't over extend which can result in injury, but do the very best that you can.
- Don't volunteer, but when called upon give it all you've got.
- Don't boast.
- Never talk to any other recruit about anyone else.
- Do not complain or whine...ever!
- If for any reason you become involved in an investigation, be wise, don't rat, but be honest.
- Don't tell anyone that you have a relative who is a Marine (that would be me)...but respond truthfully if asked.
- Never, never, never give up, no one ever became a Marine by giving up!
I'm not wasting my time here...these are important to know...burn them into your brain!
You are going to be hot, tired and sleepy; hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
If you are smart, you'll print this and re-read it from time to time...but don't let the bastards find it or know you have it.
Carry on Recruit,