Marine Corps boot camp is broken down into different phases, as is all initial military training. After being “shipped” out to one of the two Marine Corps Recruit Depots, civilians land on the famous yellow footprints to begin their 12-week “vacation.”
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The first week, or receiving week, is mostly administrative in nature. Even though recruits are accompanied by drill instructors everywhere, and even get a sense of accomplishment at the end of it because of the initial shock created by the culture change, it’s not until pickup day that the new recruits get to meet their actual drill instructors, the ones tasked with overseeing and steering the famous transformation.
This video shows actual footage of a pick-up day, more notoriously known as “Black Friday,” with these recruits and their drill instructors. This is the first afternoon where recruits spend “quality time” with their drill instructors. Here, Marine Corps drill instructors with L Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, can be seeing conducting gear inspections with recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.
The drill instructors were introduced to their recruits on pick-up day and immediately conducted gear inspections to ensure all recruits were prepared for training. Check it out: