One Last Hurdle


Near the end of boot camp, the Marine Corps has added a hurdle. They call it the Crucible. It lasts 54 hours. Recruits will sleep little or not at all, hike 40 to 45 miles carrying packs and rifles, manage the 2 MREs they are issued as the only food they will have, and move day and night to tests, obstacles, and problems that they must work as a team to solve.

At the end of the time, they hike back to the Iwo Jima Monument and have a ceremony during which they are given the title of United States Marine. It marks the end of a 13 week journey.

The picture at the top? That’s tropical storm Hanna. The blue X marks the location of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. To the best of my knowledge, they are in the field, well past the halfway point of the Crucible.

It will always be part of his boot camp story, the Crucible during Hanna.

If he makes it, he should call home Sunday when he get liberty.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
–Mahatma Gandhi

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2 thoughts on “One Last Hurdle

  1. God bless your son, and his comrades.Just heard from my nephew – back in Kuwait redeploying home.I think that we’re looking at a new Greatest Generation – at least, some of them.

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