Welcome to Hell!" the drill sergeant announced to the small crowd of young men staring at him apprehensively, his words charging the atmosphere with a forebodin The emotional change was warranted. Thirteen and one half weeks of hellish and seemingly outrageous demands would be made of them and those who would endure that journey through the fires of boot camp would find a pride in themselves that would last forever. Those who have survived boot camp training often look back on those days, with a smile and even a laugh, at the seeming outrageous demands from the DI, and came to understand the strange logic of it all. Patrick Turley captures it perfectly and John Patrick Shanley said it only as a former Marine and Pulitizer Prize winner could: "It's great to have gone to Marine Corps boot camp. It's terrible to be in Marine Corps boot camp. It's fun to read about Marine Corps boot camp.
Former Marine Sgt. Patrick Turley adds to the list of written and cinematic efforts that describe the transformative experience of U.S. Marine Corps boot camp. Turley, who enlisted the day after 9/11, begins his narrative with in-processing at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, where he meets his drill instructors, and ends with his graduation from boot camp in February 2002. In the three and a half months of training, Turley is challenged by inane and humiliating treatment, painful and exhausting physical tests, and rigorous combat training that culminates in the 54-hour endurance test. In addition, Turley also has the stress of his father's untimely death, and a significant injury that threatens to keep him from graduating The stars of Turley's experience are the drill instructors, who terrorize, inspire, and, in the end, coach the recruits to success. This well-told and entertaining insider's description of the deadly serious and also sometimes humorous process of making Marines will bring back memories to all former corps members and provide some understanding of their special quality to those who only occasionally glimpse them in an airport. Agent: Claire Gerus. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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August 14, 2012
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