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This Recruit: A Firsthand Account of Marine Corps Boot Camp, Written While Knee-Deep in the Mayhem of Parris Island
     

This Recruit: A Firsthand Account of Marine Corps Boot Camp, Written While Knee-Deep in the Mayhem of Parris Island

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by Kieran Michael Lalor
 

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Just before the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Kieran Michael Lalor left his career as a high school social studies teacher, endeavoring to fulfill his lifelong dream. Lalor followed his father and brother’s footsteps into the United States Marine Corps. This Recruit presents Lalor’s nightly journal entries, beginning with the uneasy trip to the

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Just before the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Kieran Michael Lalor left his career as a high school social studies teacher, endeavoring to fulfill his lifelong dream. Lalor followed his father and brother’s footsteps into the United States Marine Corps. This Recruit presents Lalor’s nightly journal entries, beginning with the uneasy trip to the recruiter’s office and the eerily quiet midnight bus ride to Parris Island. Lalor describes the wicked combination of fatigue, nerves, disorientation, misery, loneliness, and homesickness that conspire to keep him from his goal—along with the hours of close order drill, push-ups, hand-to-hand combat training, the pit, and the unrelenting mind games.

Witness the nasty recruit-on-recruit infighting that results when young men struggle to survive while being pushed past their limits physically, mentally, and emotionally. Gaze at the target from the five hundred yard line on Qualification Day, when failure means at least an extra two weeks on the island and the added humiliation of failing the quintessential test of a Marine. Experience the rappel tower, night firing, the infiltration courses, and long, back-crushing humps. Struggle with Lalor and his platoon as they try to overcome the Crucible, the final obstacle before claiming the title of United States Marine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781450264563
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/11/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
815,128
File size:
586 KB

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This Recruit 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
E5-USMC More than 1 year ago
This book brought back memories from when I went to Boot Camp at Parris Island June of 1994. The Author did a great job writing this book by keeping the story line interesting. This book kept my attention and that made it very enjoyable. If you are looking at enlisting into the Marine Corps this is a must read. If you were a former Marine you can relate to what the author was going through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written considering he had to keep his days straight during the haze of Marine Corps boot camp. Excellent book to read to keep you pumped while you wait to deploy. Would make a good book to buy for someone who is at home wondering what you might be going through on a day to day basis.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really good book that leaves you wanting to read the whole thing when you start it. I feel so empty now that i am finished reading it its that good:-) I truly felt the pain in some of the tales of exertion from a first hand account of boot camp. Week one to week 13 is an up and down and sometimes humerous ride. A must read!
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Anthony Civita More than 1 year ago
Definitely reccomend for anyone considering the marine corps
Sebastian Orozco More than 1 year ago
This is a detailed experience of United States Marine Corps Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina from his days at VMI ( Virginia Military Institute ) to teaching at a Catholic school he finally decides to join the marine corps because he thinks that you can only be a patriot if you are a marine so he joins and this book is about a boot camp seen through the eyes of a teacher including about how food is gross slop and his brother sends him a ' neatly folded McDonalds hamburger wrapper one of the greatest book in the world.
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johnjmart More than 1 year ago
As more and more people discover this book, there's going to be a lot of Marines out there kicking themselves, wondering why they didn't think of writing it first. Out of the millions of Americans who have gone through basic training, few have taken the time to painstakingly record their daily experiences. Typically, recruits are focused on just surviving. Somehow, Lalor managed to pull off the impossible at boot camp-- keeping a secret journal under the watchful eye of his Drill Instructors, possibly risking his career. From the very first pages, this book hit home. Even though my experiences during Navy boot camp weren't the exact same as Lalor's, the similarities are endless. I too was a not-too-young recruit, who had joined the military to allay feelings of guilt and pent-up patriotism. Like Lalor, I knew that friends and family would think I was nuts to voluntarily sign up. At boot camp, my survival techniques were the same as many outlined in this book-- count the days until you go home, try to not take the way you're treated too personally, and remember how proud you'll feel once it's all over. This book is a must read for two different audiences: First, anyone who has been through boot camp from any branch. You won't realize how much you've forgotten about your own experience until you've read a detailed account like this. Sure, there are plenty of things about your these grueling early days that you'll never forget, but you'll be surprised about how much can come back to you once your memory is jogged. The drill instructors and the fellow recruits that Lalor spent every moment with on Parris Island all reminded me of people I dealt with and trained with at Navy basic training at Great Lakes. The next audience for which this book should be mandatory is anyone thinking about joining the military, or who is already on his/her way to boot camp. During the first few terrifying minutes, days and weeks of basic, you will want to know how to make your life more bearable. This book will help you, because it will spell out all the dirty tricks, harsh behavior and round-the-clock stress you will be forced to endure. This book will help you understand that success in boot camp is only minimally about how many push-ups you can do, or how fast you can run. Instead, 90% of being successful is keeping your head on straight and learning how to excel while under extreme stress. Knowing what you're up against will give you the perspective that will help you rise to the top of your platoon. This book will give you the insight you'll need. During your darkest hours on Parris Island (and there will be dark hours), you will thank yourself for having read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago