Educators Tackle Marine Boot Camp: Day One


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   42 educators from Eastern PA are experiencing the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Boot Camp on Parris Island, South Carolina.

     Nearly a dozen of them are from our region trying to understand what high school students may go through if enlisted into the Marine Corps.  Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler is down south following this journey and has more.

  42 Educators from Pennsylvania another 20 from New Jersey are on this journey.

Wednesday was the day drill instructors started to put the educators through what 13 weeks of boot camp would be for the newly enlisted.

Starting at 6:30 in the morning the more than 60 educators stepped on the famous “Yellow Foot Prints”  the first step for recruits to become a Marine.

From there drill instructors welcomed them to boot camp.

They were instructed not to have any electronic devices and if the newly enlisted did drill instructors took them.

 Part of camp new recruits calls 3 family members – saying to them “Don’t send mail, I am safe, I’ll send letters.”

The day got tougher from there the educators learned a form of discipline respect by saying “I sir, I ma’am, yes sir, yes ma’am.”

Drill instructors ran them through sprints, push-ups, planks all while giving them authoritative attention.

 Every time these educators get on or off the bus they are to count making sure everyone is accounted for.

Recruits from the Hazleton and East Stroudsburg area ate with the educators for lunch to talk about their experience so far in boot camp.

It was also a time for the teachers to share their experience.

 “When you’re in the moment it feels like it’s never going to end. But then you’re at a point like this training day 50. Where it feels like it was nothing compared to what you’re facing right now,” Said Kailey Devore, East Stroudsburg.

Renee Garvey, a Guidance Counselor at Pocono Mountain School District noted”Coming into the island I thought about the students and that this is real for them and how intimidating this would be. Even though they’re making this as real as possible for us.”

After lunch, the educators pulled the trigger on some M16’s at body targets.

Something that is taught on the later part of boot camp.

They also visited places that we were not allowed to film like the U-S Marine Band, swimming pool, and the air station.

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