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Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch is best known as the “Cigar Marine” and author of Once a Marine, a candid memoir about his service as a tank commander in Iraq, his horrific wounding in the first battle of Fallujah (where he was hit ...
Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch is best known as the “Cigar Marine” and author of Once a Marine, a candid memoir about his service as a tank commander in Iraq, his horrific wounding in the first battle of Fallujah (where he was hit in the head by a rocket-propelled grenade), and his long and difficult recovery. Gunny Pop has experienced the Marine recruit training process from both perspectives: as a new recruit and as a drill instructor. This new book brings together his nearly 16 years of Marine Corps expertise.
The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook is a comprehensive, practical, and easy-to-follow guide written specifically for every new or prospective recruit about to enter basic training. Gunny Pop offers step-by-step instructions and solutions, including helpful charts and graphics, for how to prepare both physically and mentally for boot camp. Written by a Marine who experienced it firsthand many times over, Gunny Pop explores what recruits will be asked to do (and in many cases, explain why) and the motivating forces behind drill instructor lessons and behavior.
The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook was written by a Marine and former drill instructor for young men and women who want to become one of the few and the proud. No one should undertake Marine recruit training without having read this book.
About the Author: From East Chicago, Indiana, Nick Popaditch enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1986. He was wounded while commanding a tank in Fallujah (Iraq) in 2004 and medically retired from the Marines in 2005 at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. “Gunny” and his wife April have two children, Richard and Nicholas. They reside in Chula Vista, California.
The Marines' Hymn iv
Preface and Acknowledgments vii
Chapter 1 Why Join the Marine Corps Instead of Other Branches? 1
Chapter 2 Why Basic (Recruit) Training? 11
Chapter 3 You and Your Recruiter 17
Chapter 4 Value-Based Training 25
Chapter 5 The Fourteen Leadership Traits 31
Chapter 6 Things You Should Know BEFORE You Arrive 41
Chapter 7 Recruit Terminology 45
Chapter 8 The Eleven General Orders of the Sentry 51
Chapter 9 Rank Structure 57
Chapter 10 How to Speak Like a Recruit 65
Chapter 11 The UCMJ 69
Chapter 12 Marine Corps History 75
Chapter 13 Physical Training 87
Chapter 14 Shipping Out 99
Chapter 15 Pick-Up and Forming 111
Chapter 16 First Phase Training 119
Chapter 17 Second Phase Training 139
Chapter 18 Third Phase Training 159
Chapter 19 The Crucible 167
Chapter 20 Graduation 175
"the ultimate marine recrutt trainingguidebook" is very hard to put down and is writtion by a decorated tank commander who was in many of the toughest battles of iraqi freedom. this book gives gives an insiders account of what it is like to be a drill instructor as well as how to prepare yourself for basic boot camp and what you will get out of it and this marine shares with you his leadership abilities how you can use these amazing life lesssons to make a difference in your life. from this book. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
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