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    The Senior Drill Instructor Inspection



    Story by Lance Cpl. Zachary Beatty 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego

    The Senior Drill Instructor Inspection. The first, and arguably most intense inspection the recruits endure while attending recruit training. On the surface, it seems as if the drill instructors are simply being strict regarding uniform regulations, but the inspection has a much larger purpose and impact than just uniforms.

    From day one of recruit training, recruits are expected to ensure every aspect of every single thing they do is perfect. There is absolutely zero room for error throughout their entire cycle of recruit training. This is an attribute that recruits will keep with them not only in recruit training, but throughout the rest of their lives. No matter where they are , whether it is a squad bay here on the recruit depot, in their barracks room once they arrive to the Fleet Marine Force, or on deployment, recruits and Marines cannot afford to let details slip by.

    Every Marine at some point during their enlistment will undoubtedly be faced with a fast moving, stressful situation. When that time comes, the Marine is expected to perform flawlessly and accomplish the mission. In order to do this, the Marine must remain calm when everything else is not. The Marine cannot afford to lose their bearings, or let the stress and chaos take control. They must be able to think, communicate, and act as expected of them. The most effective way to ensure their success is by exposing them to that chaos and getting them comfortable in difficult situations.

    Confidence is the key to success in many aspects of being a Marine. An unconfident leader is not one that Marines want to follow in battle. Marines want and need to be confident in everything that they do no matter what the conditions they face are. For recruits facing their drill instructors, they must answer all the drill instructors’ questions quickly, correctly, and of course loudly. The Senior Drill Instructor inspection is one of the first opportunities the recruits will have to showcase their confidence in the midst of chaos.



    Date Taken: 05.14.2021
    Date Posted: 05.17.2021 18:46
    Story ID: 396628
    Location: SAN DIEGO, CA, US 

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