Into the Crucible: Making Marines for the 21st Century

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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 ...

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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 that molds a recruit into a Marine and one that also reinforces the core values of the United States Marines: honor, courage, and commitment.

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Woulfe, a captain in the Marine Corps and previously the assistant director of the Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, follows a squad of 12 recruits and their drill instructor through 54 hours of the Crucible Event, in which they hike 40 miles while completing combat exercises with only one meal per day and a few hours of sleep. The recruits learn about heroic acts of Marine legends and discover how to work as a team. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780891417071
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 522,612
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2003

    great look at the current PI

    I initally purchased this book to see how much had changed. When I was a young recruit, 'Boot' (Daniel Da Cruz) was my learner's bible prior to stepping off the bus down on the island. This book does the same amount of justice for the current recruit waiting to undergo training. Mr. Woulfe gives as much insight to the machine of bootcamp as P. Chadz does for the next 45 months that a first tour grunt has to undertake (Stand By to Fall Out - July 2003) if read back to back, these two books will give a new Marine and Marine's family more insight into the next four years of his existance than any Marine will be willing to disclose. Great read yet I must say, they've got it easy now, just like the men who went before me said about my generation. Semper Fi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2003

    For everyone joining the CORP, or are in DEP

    This book is great. It breaks down the Crucible obstacle by obstacle. It gives details of the orientation and placement of the obstacles, as well as how the recruits managed to get through each one. This book is a must read for anyone planning to face the Crucible, or for anyone who has a friend or relative currently in Basic Training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2003

    A must read for every Marine Parent

    Read this book and Making the Corps. Two must read books for every Parent of a Marine (present,past or future)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2002

    Absolute must-read!!

    This is a tremendous book for every reader. This book recounts some of the greatest battles in a concise, easy-to-read narrative. It also explains a tremendous training event in the lives of Marine recruits and how it is used to their benefit. Most of all, this book is about courage, commitment and honor. It is about the heroism and sacrifice of members of the Corps. Never have I before read a book that inspired so much pride to be an American. I also appreciate, now more than ever, what our military does to protect freedom - worldwide. This is a revealing look into our history and it was completely engaging from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    It told it how it was

    This book didnt only tell in detail the intire crucible, but it had a lot importent history about the Marine Corps.

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