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It seemed to be the longest bus ride on which I had ever been Every passenger had the same terrified look on their face Each one of us seemed to be thinking the same thing Asking ourselves Do we really want to go where this bus was taking us We all knew the destination and thought we were ready to go there Many of us had visited this place or places like it in our imaginations when we had played as kids Was it a dream come true or nightmare The welcoming committee was outside in the rain waiting on us When the bus stopped and the door opened we were willingly received as guests Then yelling started The loud intimidating voices ordered us the hell off the bus and to stand on the yellow footprints that was painted on the ground We were at our home away from home the Marine Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina The welcoming committee were lean and mean Marine Corps Drill Instructors and they did not waste any time breaking us in they started with no introduction The yelling was intense they never spoke to us in a normal toned voice and if you even acted as though you were thinking wrong they tortured you by making you do bodyweight exercises that you never knew existed in civilized society For the first few days we were herded around like cattle The Drill Instructors controlled our every movement Nothing was done without permission not even using the restroom They told us when to go to bed and when to get up The time to get up was approximately zero dark thirty which is military jargon for too damn early We marched or ran everywhere went and did constant push-ups while they yelled After a few weeks went by the yelling became normal to us The marching exercise and military customs and courtesies became a part of our daily
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