12th Marine Corps District educators visit depot, WFTBn. to learn about recruit training
By Lance Cpl. Charlie Chavez
| | March 02, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
High school administrators, teachers and counselors from Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, Saipan, Idaho, Montana, Utah and California experienced a week long synopsis of Marine Corps recruit training during a 2007 Educators Workshop Feb. 26 to March 2.
Introduced to the depot like every recruit, the group’s beginning started on the infamous yellow footprints with drill instructors.
“It was really scary when a drill instructor yelled at me,” said Ana Palacios, a language arts teacher with John F. Kennedy High School in Guam. “I don’t think I could do it in real life. This makes me look up to my brother, who was also a Marine.”
Drill instructors use the yellow footprints as an initial chance to make their ominous presence known by the recruits. They run and yell frantically describing the rules and guidelines of training.
Briefs describing the entire process from joining the Marine Corps to boot camp and graduation, and the Fleet Marine Force, were held for the educators to help inform them about Marines’ lifestyles.
“I always wanted to be a part of the Educators Workshop,” said Mark White, the assistant principle for Montclair High School in Ontario, Calif. “The training looked really tough, but it’s important for Marines because it what they do.”
The educators also visited Edson Range, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., to witness weapons firing and field training and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.
Educators leaving the depot today said they are departing with a better understanding of the Marine Corps and the young men and women that embody it.