Terminal Lance “Door Busters”

November 29, 2019

Buyer beware, Black Friday is about to take on a whole new meaning at your local mega-retailer superstore. Having just secured a contract with the Department of Defense, Marine Corps Drill Instructors will now be on loan for Black Friday shopping events around the country, where they will scream and haze some discipline into nasty bodies from coast to coast.

Okay, not really. This is not a news site.

For those of you wondering what sweaty, screaming men have to do with the day after Thanksgiving, it goes back to Marine Corps boot camp. There, “Black Friday” is dubiously known as the day that you meet your Drill Instructors for the first time. This is your rude awakening to the next three months of life aboard the Recruit Depot, where you’ll spend 24 hours a day with these rage-monsters as they teach you how to be a Marine.

For Marines, the term “Black Friday” will never mean the same thing again. If a Marine veteran you know flinches when you ask if they want to go check out some hot deals today… Now you know why.



Terminal Lance #464 “LOL Boots V”

March 14, 2017

Traverse around any schoolhouse, smoke pit, working party or barracks balcony and you’re near guaranteed to find some skinny, nineteen year-old boot with a high and tight doing the signature frog voice with his hands on his hips, mimicking the Drill Instructors they just left behind months prior.

It’s a strange phenomenon, akin to some kind of Stockholm syndrome, wherein the new Marines feel inclined and take great entertainment in pretending to be drill instructors. You’ll see them with their knife-hands and their intensity, and every single one of them will find it funny every single time. This usually lasts for a few months to a year after leaving boot camp, and for some that never deploy, it could last their entire enlistment.

Boot camp is, more than anything else, the most commonly shared experience of all Marines, regardless of MOS or gender. No matter where you hail from, all recruits are treated equally as shit. As such, any Marine you talk to will have a boot camp story that you can identify with, no matter where your enlisted careers take you after the fact.

I’m sure someone more psychologically enlightened than myself could detail the mental intricacies involved with mimicking these authority figures, I feel as if it’s a reclamation of the 3 months of freedom lost.

Whatever the case may be, it’s annoying as fuck.

But then again, boots usually are.