8th MCD educators visit depot for taste of Marine boot camp
By Compiled by Public Affairs
| | June 15, 2007
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO --
High school administrators, teachers and counselors from Recruiting Stations Dallas, Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, experienced a week-long synopsis of Marine Corps recruit training during a 2007 Educators Workshop June 11 to 15.
Introduced to the depot like every recruit, the group’s introduction started on the infamous yellow footprints with drill instructors barking instructions.
“I think the experience of the yellow footprints is a great introduction to what Marines stand for,” said Pam Hill, coordinator of counselors, RS Dallas. “The Marine Corps teaches children the respect, control, integrity, honor and trust they might otherwise not learn. The Marines embody these traits and that is what they stand for.”
The educators had a chance to experience some hands-on activities such as Marine Corps Martial Arts and a modified version of the Bayonet Assault Course. They also ran through of the obstacles recruits use in 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.
Bob Botone, teacher and football coach at Richland Hills, Texas, described his whole experience by comparing the first and third phase recruits to seventh grade and varsity football. He said that he saw the transition from basic recruit to a perfected piece of work.
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.