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View Poll Results: Where did you receive Basic Training?
Quantico 5 0.70%
Mount Holyoke College 0 0%
Smith College 0 0%
Camp Elliot, California 1 0.14%
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 5 0.70%
Parris Island, South Carolina 381 53.21%
Hunter College 0 0%
San Diego, California 324 45.25%
Guam 0 0%
Montford Point 0 0%
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Old 02-05-2008, 01:50 PM
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You could be right. I didn't have any experience with them other than recruit training. Don't really remember what their full contract requirements were. I never had any in my Fleet units. When I enlisted we had two year enlistments, but they served the full two active then were through as I recall. It's possible they may have had reserve obligation after. I know for sure that 3-year hitches were final, no release to Reserve status. I enlisted for three then extended.
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:34 PM
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I did the FOUR/SIX route myself gunny

that is four years active, and two years inactive reserve ( no meetings).

We did have a couple of reserve guys in our platoon in boot camp. If I remember correctly, I remember one of them saying something about doing 6 months active, and the balance of their two year enlistment was done at home.
Here I am heading to Nam after basic, and this guys going home after 6 month ??

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I wish someone from my initial era (Pre-Korea) who knows something about the Reserve program at the time would jump in here. Until we got our first replacements there, I didn't know anything about the Reserves.
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Cool The reservists we had at PI in 1958......

Went through boot, then to ITR and then did some MOS training.
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We did the ITR thingy as well.

AFter that the reserve guys did 6 months at their first duty station. A bunch of us had the same first duty station after ITR with the 1st Mar. Div at Pendleton.
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No ITR in my day. That started about 51/52 I believe. I went straight to my first duty station, MarBks, Portsmouth, NH.
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Sounds like..

you got what would be more in line with ON THE JOB training. ha

I'm glad we did ITR, other than the running part, firing all them weapons was a kick. Well most, I could hit the side of a barn door with the 3.5 bazooca if I was standing next to the darn thing. ha ha
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That's right. We all had a Spec. Number (Specialty Number) of 521. That was Basic Marine. We didn't have MOS's then. When I made PFC after six months, I became a 745 (Rifleman). Since we were not in the Fleet, we had all our training in classroom. All our NCOs had WW2 combat, so we had excellent teachers. When I left there after 1 year, I went right into a rifle squad as a BAR man. When I left Portsmouth, I knew every weapon from .45 to heavy .30 machine gun, including riot gun and Reising sub-machine gun and the skinned fingers as mementos.
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BAR....

what memories that weapon brings. Had to qualify with it in boot camp, or should I say ITR.
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Unhappy One thing that is making me feel like an Ol Phart is........

Many of the Marines logging into this website are retired. The problem for me is many of those retirees were born the year I went through boot camp at PI in 1958 or later!
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Re: One thing that is making me feel like an Ol Phart is........

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Many of the Marines logging into this website are retired. The problem for me is many of those retirees were born the year I went through boot camp at PI in 1958 or later!
I'm a Retired Marine and I was 11 pushing 12 when you were in Boot Camp.

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Cool Looks like PI has the edge so far

Anybody remember falling outside for the morning run and having the DI make you stand there, at attention, for a while with a cloud of sand fleas around your head?
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Cool Let's take a look at the negatives of today's recruit depots

San Diego has it tough! It must be hard to sleep with that airport nearby. To do anything in the boonies, they have to take a bus to another base. They have all of that nice beach weather there.

Parris Island has sand fleas, ticks, alligators, swamps, water moccasins and incredible hot and humid heat.
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Crybaby,

YOU just wish you had it so good back in the day...hehehehehehe
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43 years ago ... Next month....

OOPs I posted this exactly ONE Month early........

At 0200 on this date I una$$ed my young but from the Receiving DI's Bus to stand on the Yellow Foot Prints at PI SC.

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Cool It's hard for me to believe that.......

this September will be 50 years since I stepped on those Yellow Foot Prints in front of Recruit Recieving at Parris Island. I still remember the sign they had over the door.....HERE WE TURN BOYS INTO MEN AND MEN INTO MARINES
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MCRD San Diego Aug 54

We got into the train station in San Diego about 0300 and waited around for transportation. Got off of the six by and onto the Yellow Foot Prints.
First meal in the Corps; SOS on soggy toast, half fried potatos. "Take all you want, but eat all you take". Loved that chow.
At the time I enlisted, there was an 8 year oblligation, 3 year active and the remaining time in the reserve. I didn't know anyone from my platoon who was a reserve, although I'm sure there must have been.
Soon be fifty four years. Boy time flys while your having fun.

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Old 06-26-2008, 11:10 AM
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Cool When I joined, we had a choice of 2, 3 or 4 years active

For a regular enlistment, it was 3 or 4 years active. We also had the option to sign up under the draft for 2 years active. The Recruiter convinced me that my best choice was 4 years. each option had a 6 year total commitment (Active and Reserve).

We did have a few Reservists in my PI platoon. The Corps had recently gone to a six month active duty commitment for Reserves to do recruit traning, ITR and possibly a MOS school.

An amusing thing happened to me a little over a year after I was in. We were at the rifle range at Damneck and I got a letter that was forwarded to me by my parents. It was from the Draft Board. It said, that because I had failed to register for the Draft when I turned 18, I had been drafted. I took the letter to my Platoon Sergeant and told him I needed to go back to the barracks to pack my gear. I pointed out that I had over 2 1/2 years to go in the Corps but me being drafted meant that I only had 2 years to serve in the Army. He told me to get out of his face or I would be shining trash cans in the mess hall for the rest of the time we had at the range.
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When I joined the Marine Corps, I signed up for 3 years, but when I got to Afees, I was told I could not go in for 3 years so they put down for 2 years. Got to MCRD SD and never left Calif.
FEB., was 34 years since I stood on the yellow foot prints
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MCRD San Diego

Speaking of Rifle Range, we qualified at Camp Matthews just north of San Diego. The New Va Medical Center is located on the grounds that was Camp Matthews. When I drove to work in San Diego, 1974, I passed by the VA every morning and I could see the remnants of the butts area of one of the ranges just south of the facility.
I notice now that the barracks I was billeted in during recruit training no longer exists today and the swimming pool is now covered. No more WWll ventage buildings. Nothing but the finest for the worlds finest.
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