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ISBN: 0743458923 / ISBN-13: 9780743458924

Into the Crucible: Making Marines for the 21st Century

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Marine boot camp is known for being tough, but a marine's ultimate test is the "Crucible." This first-hand account of the ultimate make-or-break ... Show synopsis

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  • Into the Crucible: Making Marines for the 21st Century (iBooks) – Mass-market paperback (2003)
    by James B Woulfe, Victor H Krulak (Foreword by)

    Into the Crucible: Making Marines for the 21st Century

    Mass-market paperback, iBooks
    2003
    English
    256 pages

    ISBN: 0743458923
    ISBN-13: 9780743458924

    Marine boot camp training is famous for being tough, where only the best succeed. But as tough as boot camp is, there is one moment in boot camp that is the make-or-break challenge. The ultimate test called the "Crucible." Once the Crucible begins, the recruits are faced with fifty-four grueling hours with little sleep, little food, and a series of events that will tax them physically and mentally to the extreme. The recruit platoon will be tested as individuals -- and can only survive as a team. It is the ultimate test ... Show more

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piafinn

Semper Fidelis

by piafinn on Jun 11, 2008

This book about the culmination of the Marine Corps basic combat training boot camp, called te crucible. It is 54 hours with little sleep, only 2 1/2 meals, and a series of team tests. Marines are half-sailor, half-soldier. Even their recruiting slogan is a challenge: Maybe you can be one of us. Just reading about the challenges of boot camp made me want to cry for my Mama, like some of these young boys also think of doing, but don't. Every moment is meticulously planned. There is no free time. Physical training, combat drills, and classes in history, weapons, first aid, and military subjects. They have to learn a new way of speaking; they don't say "I", and they begin and end all sentences with "sir". They learn to work as a team. In the crucible, they pass through 19 stations and courses, each one based on the story of a Marine Medal of Honor recipient. Most of them were rewarded posthumously. Their story is told and the core values that were demonstrated by that Marine are tested in that station. Marines are trained to fight, not to die. They don't practice diving on grenades, yet some have done that, for fellow Marines. The Marine motto is Semper Fidelis (always faithful). This book gave me a new respect for what it takes to become a United States Marine. They also have the second best uniform in the American Armed Forces (I'm partial to Navy whites).

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