TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Pfc. Patrick Boyd is being hailed as a genius after finishing a four-year contract in just eight months
His peers are beyond jealous at Boyd's amazing feat.
"Boyd and I went through boot camp and ITB together," Pfc. Hector Gomez said. "Then, we both got orders to 2/7 (2nd Battalion 7th Marine Regiment). I’d also thought we’d EAS around the same time. Now, he’s back home, and I’m stuck in the middle of the desert with my head shaved bald screaming ‘aye lance corporal’ at a bunch of dudes with no combat experience who are like six months older than I am.”
One of those Marines tormenting Gomez is Lance Cpl. Brad Williams. Williams never thought much of Pfc. Boyd while serving as his team leader. But, this turn of events has left him in awe.
“It normally takes four years to fulfill a four-year contract, but the other day I saw Boyd walk by in civvies with his DD-214," Williams said. "He must be some kind of prodigy.”
Staff Sgt. Jose Ramos, the unit's substance abuse control officer, was also impressed.
“The Marine Corps considers a urine sample with 100 nanograms of cocaine per milliliter to be positive," he said. "Pfc. Boyd tested at 1400 ng/mL. He must’ve been railing lines of coke off the top of the urinal while he was pissing. It’s truly motivating to see a Marine so determined to go above and beyond the standard.”
Outside the small rowhouse in Allentown, New Jersey, where Boyd now lives with his parents and younger sister, a line of Marines snakes around the block. All are there to learn how they too can cut their contracts down to a quarter of their original lengths. They’ve drained their leave balances to come speak with a man who’s quickly becoming a prophet-like figure in the lance corporal community.
Boyd doesn’t understand their admiration.
“I went out there yesterday and told them I got an other than honorable discharge, and now I’m going to spend the rest of my life living at home and working at a gas station," Boyd said. "They still just wanted to know how I got out so quickly.”