Day 2: Local educators experience physical demands of Marine boot camp

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It’s Day 2 in the life of a Marine recruit for a group of educators from western Massachusetts and New England, as they continue their participation in the Educators Workshop down at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

Thursday’s agenda is physically demanding. After spending day one of training getting a look at a day in the life of a recruit. The educators found out more about the few and the proud who served on Parris Island many years before them.

Parris Island first served as a base for recruit training in 1915.

Marines were first assigned to Parris Island on June 26, 1891. More than a century, 16,000 recruits pass through Parris Island every year. One Chicopee Comprehensive High school teacher told 22News being on the island is a history lesson you can’t get in the classroom.

The group of educators first muscled through the Marine Corps boot camp Confidence Course, before moving on to get a lesson in Marine Corps Martial Arts.

“It’s impressive to see it all,” the local teacher said. “You’ve seen different shows on television, movies that talk about the military you know, for real. Going from the beginning to the end of history of the Marines is very impressive.”

Many of the teachers hope to pass on what they learn from the drill instructors to their students in the classroom.

US Marine Captain Alan Keith told 22News this course gives teachers skills they can bring back to the classroom.

“The ability to think critically about all of the different aspects of not only the orders that we read to them, but reading in between the lines about what those orders imply, what the commanders intent of the mission is can go a great way to building someone’s confidence in their own ability to act and lead,” Captain Keith said. 

The challenges these educators faced are part of the Crucible, which is a test all recruits go through before they become a U.S. Marine.

“They’re practically going to run into every single thing we’ve done throughout the training cycle up to that point, all of those training days, they’re going to see some sort of challenge similar to that when they come out,” Capt. Keith added.

The crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together.

Friday’s graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place early in the morning.

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