Marine recruits eat, sleep, and live discipline
After paper work is filed and a marine recruit has been processed into the U.S. Marine Corps Parris Island Recruit Depot, they meet their drill instructors and where they'll live for the next 3 months. Staff Sgt. Deniece Newton says it can be an intimidating experience, but it has a purpose. "It is that first visual contact of 'what is a drill instructor?', and it's the shock and awe portion, it starts the shock and awe of boot camp' says Newton.
Discipline is something the marines take great pride in and it applies to every area of their life. That includes their living quarters known as barracks. Recruits have to make sure all shoes are lined up, guns are hung in same direction, and that sheets are tucked in tight. Staff Sgt. Gerren Means says after they teach recruits how to make their beds and keep their living spaces, it's important to hold them to the same standard every day. "You have to make every correction constantly and continuously to make sure its instilled in each recruit that one day may be a marine that the instant willingness to obey orders is the hallmark of being a marine" says Means.
The barracks include a cheat sheet for marine recruits on how to address higher ranking officers since they may forget when they first arrive to boot camp. As recruits settle into home, they quickly learn the 'do's and don'ts', and that their drill instructors want them to succeed and enter the military ranks.
The introduction to their barracks ends with a drill instructor yelling the following phrase: "Above all else, never quit or give up, for we are for you the signs of recruit training and the opportunity to earn the title United States Marine."