Just because you plan on enlisting into the Marine Corps, there is no
reason to over hype the physical aspect about being a Marine and
especially about boot camp. Anyone can do it if they commit themselves
and if they have the heart to push-on when the going gets tough.
is important that you trust and believe in yourself and do not expect
change to happen overnight. Being realistic in what is possible will
also do you a lot of good. Do not expect to score a perfect IST, CFT or PFT
if you are not in that sort of shape. And keep in mind that not everyone
will be able to achieve this great feat. The Marine Corps is filled
with people who are in shape and this does not mean all of them are PT
studs. Like in anything in life, some will be better than others and
this applies to PT, so don’t freak out just because you see others who
are faster or stronger than you.
must also understand that boot camp is meant to get anyone into basic
shape and it is not a 13 week PT session. The physical training you do
in boot camp is not hard. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the toughest,
the PT in boot camp is about a 5-6. What makes it hard is that when
combined with everything else going on while in boot camp, this will
make any event seem harder than it actually may be.
I cannot stress this
Boot camp PT is the most over-hyped event in boot camp,
so try not to worry about it.
Here is an interesting fact: Over
the years many new Marines have told me that their boot camp PFT stats
went down instead of going up. This usually happens because while in the
DEP, they are doing much more than what you will do while in boot camp.
In some cases you can lose run time, or your pull-up total may go down
during the official final PFT. If you are running for miles every day
and busting out pull-ups on a daily basis as a poolee, this is great.
Just understand that while in boot camp you don’t run every day and you
don’t run long distances and you don’t bust out mandatory pull-ups on a daily
basis. So some of you will lose strength and speed while in boot camp.