SAN DIEGO, California (WXOW) - More than 200,000 American men and women call themselves Marines. The Marines have three jobs: win battles, return quality civilians to society, and of course, train more Marines.
News 19's Amy DuPont and Photographer Mark Bronson are at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego this week where the Marines are hard at work training the next class of warriors.
Monday is Receiving Day at the Marine Corps Depot. This week, 260 recruits will step on the infamous yellow footprints. It is their first step to becoming a Marine.
Amy DuPont and Mark Bronson were there when the recruits arrived Monday night. Receiving night is intense to say the least.
When the drill instructors step onto the bus these young men are no longer civilians, they are recruits and they are treated like a recruit.
They learn how to stand, how to move, and how to speak. Recruits are yelled and ordered around. They must turn over all of their personal possessions. They make a 10 second phone call of their parents to let them know they are ok. Then they fill out paper work and get their haircut.
Drill instructors are in their face the entire time barking orders and teaching Marine lingo. It's intimidating; and it's only the beginning.
Sgt. Juan Rodriguez of M.C.R.D. San Diego says, "On a scale of one to ten this is a ten. But; its nothing compared to what they will get from their drill instructors. If this is a 10, that's like a 15."
The new recruits will spend the next couple of days doing paperwork and going through medical and dental exams. They will officially begin training on Friday. It's called "Black Friday". That's when they will meet their drill instructor.
The recruits will also take what's called a combat fitness test. Amy had the chance to take it. You can see that story later this week.
You can follow Amy and Mark's journey on our website as well as the News 19 Facebook and Twitter pages. Then be sure to tune into our special report "Marching Orders" on May 18th immediately following the 6pm Report.
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