“Sorry, Wrong Number.”

The other day was the 11th anniversary of the day I went to boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. I shared a story about the bus ride from the airport to boot camp, and decided to share a couple more anecdotes from that awful night! When you get to boot …

“This is it, Your Last Chance to Turn Back.”

That’s what the bus driver told me and about fifty other United States Marine Corps recruits, on a warm California night exactly 11 years ago. The Marine Corps loves theatrics, and they start at the very beginning of boot camp. See, no matter what time you fly into the airport at San Diego, they make …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt. 2)

Welcome back to another edition of Military Friday! This week, I’ll continue discussing a few particulars regarding Marine Corps boot camp that writers without a military background may not know. First off, the so-called sir sandwich is a thing of the past. Made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it used to be that …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt.1)

I’m posting this a day early because tomorrow is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in America, and I have a different kind of post planned. Welcome back to another edition of Military Fridays! This is a series of blog posts I’m doing to help other writer get a better glimpse at what …

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