The following emails starts with an email I received and I thought
I would send it out to some Marines to get their reactions. Here
is what happened.
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 2006
Subject: would like to know prices and locations
Hello....is your boot camp a place for dieters???...I am
interested in losing 50lbs the right way and would like to hear
more about a program such as yours...or if you know any other
(not too tough programs)...please let me know the price and
location...this is something I really need and want to do!!...I
realize it is a whole lifestyle change...and am looking for
guidance!!...thanks you for any help you lend!!..
The reason it took so long to respond is because I thought
that to properly answer your questions, I would forward them
(minus your name) to as many of my Marine contacts and let them
contribute an answer. Here is what came back. I have only included
their ranks and it looks like some of them thought you were
male. I will warn you, some of the comments are not exactly
nice but all are honest.
There is no reply required. Our bootcamp is not a diet camp
or place for people to send their wayward children with problems.
It is a place for volunteers who want to answer the call of "don't
ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do
for your country."
Iím not sure what program he/she is talking about. But if he means
the corps he needs to know that it isn't a place to lose weight
...that he or she needs to be in shape first if they want to serve
their country...Boot C is hard...nothing like a fat body then
failure at boot camp and a ticket home as a loser to send you
in to a worse depression. America needs people to serve but everybody
get in shape
choose to be a marine
then join the corps
By the way let them know it is the toughest program on the
face of the earth...
Tell him it is $100.00 a pound for weight loss and it is
in 29 Palms and have some of the fittest Marines thrash the
hell out of him daily. Have a fat body party at the new
SNCO club once you have thrashed this civilian dirtbag into
a 50lb lighter turd!
Former 1st Lieutenant now out of the Corps
This is what you get for having a web page, i.e., all the
crazy people respond to you. There is no other way to
say it except, "This is no place for someone who simply wants
to lose weight. You have to want to be a MARINE.
If your goal is not at least in part to want to be a Marine,
do not even think about showing on a recruiter's doorstep!!!"
There are many places who can help you get your goal accomplished
in the civilian world, i.e., gyms, weight loss centers etc.
Please go to only to them."
So I suggest you send this person to a recruiter who is
not in uniform and sell him/her down the river for at least
4 years. Make sure you mention that they will get paid
to lose weight and that you are certain this program will not
be to difficult. That is not actually a lie, because several
years ago when you joined boot camp was much more difficult.
Give the heads up to the recruiter to sell his ass off. Normally
I would not give any such advice. But if a person is this
stupid then lets help them out anyway possible. Besides
if this person is that stupid they won't figure it out even
after the four years.
-- Former Sergeant Drill Instructor and current Army Sergeant
First Class in the Army with over 20 years experience in the
From Lt Grose:
You see, whether purposely or inadvertently, your questions
struck a chord with we who proudly serve as Marines. Weight
loss, the paycheck, and even the reputation are all side-benefits
that so many have paid for in blood and which we continue to
earn every day. You do not become a Marine for these things.
You become a Marine to serve your country and to be part of
a family consisting of millions of former, current, and future
Marines. Any other reason is wrong.
It would be utterly disastrous if you tried to join our
ranks for the reasons you stated, as you can tell from some
of the responses above. Drill Instructors would weed you out
quickly but not without a significant amount of pain, stress,
ridicule, and terror. And if you somehow made it through that,
you would face the men and women like those above who are ever-vigilant
in ensuring our Corps stays pure.
Jason D. Grose
United States Marine Corps
"And of course you can't become
if you only say what you would have done..."
If You Steal My Sunshine