Marine Corps Boot Camp Review: What Should a Female Know Before Going into Marine Corps Boot Camp?

As a female, there are many challenges you will face in Marine Corps boot camp. There are going to be many obstacles that will make you question your choice to join the Marine Corps. There are a few things you should know before going into boot camp.

Join for the right reasons. It might sound “cute” or “fun” to put on that traditionally recognized male uniform and prance around in it. It may also be an attractive thought to realize that you will be overwhelmingly outnumbered by males throughout your military career. However, this decision is not a game. It could be the life changing event of your life. For many, it is. The decision to enter the Marine Corps should never be taken lightly. You should have a very good understanding that you are signing up to fight and possibly die for your country and to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Realize that the first 24 hours will be a shock. This is especially true if you are fresh out of high school and suffer from the “I-Know-It-All-itis.” Many of us can recall the cocky and immortal feeling of being 18 years old and believing that we are smarter than our parents and know more than those who have had more life experience. Be prepared to be yelled at for pretty much the next 13 weeks. One of the most important pieces of advice that I can give is to realize that you don’t have to know why they are yelling at you. Just keep in mind that there is a reason for everything they do. The psychology and actions behind the Marine Corps’ boot camp program is premeditated down to every action. Needless to say, they have done this a few times and they know exactly what they are doing. So don’t be afraid, just realize there is a reason for everything that is happening.

Contrary to your initial belief, the drill instructors will not kill you. It might feel like they are going to but they won’t. They are trained in an even more difficult boot camp than you will be in to know exactly what they are doing. They are some of the best Marines in the Marine Corps and their job is to make you the best Marine you can be. You will have one Senior Drill Instructor who is like your “house mother.” This is the person you will go to with any concerns. Do NOT make the mistake of believing that the other drill instructors will be interested in your problems. Save it for the senior. They may look like ravenous devil dogs (and truth be told they can be) but their mission is not to hurt or injure you. It is to train you to be a warrior.

Source: Personal experience