Boot camp adds fifth phase to re-instill discipline after fourth phase

Sgt. Dwayne Martin-Farley currently serves as a Marine Corps drill instructor with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Martin-Farley joined the Marine Corps in October 2005 and became a drill instructor in September 2011. "I wanted to give back to the Marine Corps after all the great experiences it gave me," said Martin-Farley. "I wanted to have an impact on the younger generation of Marines. When I see a young individual go from self-centered to within three months transitioning into a very selfless individual who cares more about others than themselves, I know I've done my job." Martin-Farley, 27, is from Apopka, Fla. About 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

SAN DIEGO — The commanding officer of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, announced today that the Marine Corps is adding a new fifth phase to recruit training.

The goal of fifth phase is to re-instill discipline after fourth phase, which was rolled out last year. Headquarters Marine Corps implemented fourth phase to ease recruits’ transition to the fleet. It instead turned them into nasties with excessive weakness in their disgusting bodies, according to all drill instructors at the depot. To remedy this problem, recruits will experience a second “Black Friday” and redo the first month of boot camp.

“We were getting Marines from the depot who could barely execute inspection arms. I even had a private touch his disgusting face the other day,” said Gunnery Sgt. Aaron Jones, a combat instructor at the School of Infantry-West. “We need to get back to the fundamentals of what makes the Marine Corps great: hyper-aggressive 18-year-olds incapable of thinking for themselves.”

Drill instructors welcomed the announcement.

“I’ve struggled to run fourth phase,” said Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Harbuckle, a drill instructor at MCRD San Diego. “They expect me to teach recruits to act like normal people, but after 12 years in the Marine Corps, I honestly have no idea how. Fifth phase helps me set recruits up for success in the fleet by focusing on yelling all the time and close order drill.”

Heritage told reporters that part of the intent behind the creation of fifth phase is to make recruits “ready to be Marines 24/7, in and out of uniform.” He hopes to supply the operating forces with new joins who are “just as comfortable wearing dress blues to their old high school prom as they are wearing a Gruntstyle t-shirt to the massage parlor just outside the base gate.”


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