Events in Syria this week provided a stark reminder of how dangerous our world is. Perhaps Syrian’s brutal Bashar al-Assad thought he could continue to get away murdering his own innocent women, men and children with chemical weapons. North Korea’s threat continues to grow. Against that global backdrop, our Educators Workshop had its third day of activities at the USMC Recruit Depot at Parris Island on Thursday.
It was another jam-packed day for the educators from the Recruit Station Cleveland and the Recruit Station Frederick districts. We saw Marine recruits undergoing physical training at 6:30 a.m, and also a “Moto” (for motivation) Run of three miles for the members of the 1st Battalion, Alpha Company, who are graduating tomorrow.
- Visited the Marine Corp Museum
- Watched as nine foreign-born Marine recruits became U.S. citizens in a touching ceremony just before all the graduating recruits received six hours of well-deserved liberty.
- Tried our hand on the obstacle course and the rappel tower.
- Strived to maximize our teamwork and collaborative skills by repeating some of the puzzles and challenges which Marine recruits face in the Crucible near the end of their training.
- Shared dinner with a representative group of Marines on base … and also made a brief stop at the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX).
Many of us were impressed with the high quality of the teaching we have witnessed at Parris Island. If the “blackshirts” instructors who guided us are any indication, there are some terrific sensei helping young men and women seeking to become Marines master all seven of the requirements needed to get to graduation day.
“It’s evident that, no matter where we were on Parris Island, the knowledge conveyed to the recruits produces a very impressive quality of young men and women who are ready to fight, to think, and also someday lead,” says Kevin Fourman, associate principal at Bucyrus High School.
Today is our last day in the Educators Workshop. There will be more on this blog about the entire experience on Saturday.
NOTE: I was able to upload some video which I took during the Motivation Run on Thursday. It was uplifting for the recruits to see so many family members and loved ones lining the Boulevard de France, cheering for their sons, boyfriends, and husbands. Here’s a link: