So tell me, just for my information purposes, how does one join the Marines in the U.K.? i'm not just talking about the syllabus of training, but your impressions, a sort of history through your boot camp then training school. First a disclaimer: this is the 1988 version. My son when he went through had some differences between mine and his. For an example, here's mine: Roughly a month before to a year before you enter the DEP (Delayed Entry Program). You basically live at home while preparing for entry. Depending on your fitness level and time left before entry, you will have daily to monthly inspections where they work out, try to teach you the rudiments of drill, etc. All the Recruiters where blue trousers (with bloodstripes if they're NCO's - important later). The day before you go in, they all collect you and put you up in a hotel. The next morning, you are awakened at 0-dark-30 and taken to the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Facility) where you take any final tests swear the oath and get your plane ticket. On the plane itself is like life leaving a corpse: Laughter and talk die as the plane flies further west. Even the most extroverted begins to look inward, with one major thought in his mind "What the **** have i just done?" At the airport, the flight attendant asks everyone to keep their seat, while a Drill Instructor steps on the plane and asks (ASKS! LOL) all the future Marines to please disembark. Once you are off the plane, you are put at the position of attention near where the busses will arrive and left there. A helpful Drill Instructor remains to keep an eye on you. Please note that all Marines you will see from this point on are wearing green trousers; a dichtomy most see as the difference between recruiting and the Fleet (as in Fleet Marine Force). When the busses arrive (how long you're kept waiting is dependent on when your flight arrives; sometimes the wait is around 7 hours), you are separated out into the busses and the drivers grin evilly at you (remember that at this point you have been awake for roughly 12 hours or more). They drive circles around the airport, until at a certain time, they head for MCRD San Diego. No Drill Instructor is on the bus, so there's some light talking. All talking stops, however when you pass the sign: MCRD San Diego Western Recruit Depot "Here Marines are made" The last part until you reach receiving barracks is (at least for me and a few other Marines) part of a disassociated world; you might as well be a ghost on the ceiling watching yourself than actually experiencing anything. When you get to a certain point, the bus comes to an abrupt halt, the door opens, and a Drill Instructor jumps on board. He explains a short bit of rules (such as saying "Sir" at the beginning and end of speaking to someone)in a rapid-fire motion, and then tells you to get off "HIS" bus and onto the yellow footprints. The footprints are close together, so the expression "assholes and elbows" is brought to mind. Various lines of the USMJ are read, such as striking a superior officer, etc.. Then you run in at a dash to the barber area where all your hair is shaved off in 20 sec. or less. The rest is just processing, from initial paperwork to initial gear issue. This goes on, in one form or another, for an entire week. During this time you learn to march, how to report, make your rack, etc. You are finally allowed to sleep after your third full day at MCRD. On Monday morning, you are marched over to your barracks and have your Drill Instructors greet you. Your Company Commander makes a greeting speech, and then leaves. When he leaves, the Drill Instructors go crazy. This is a calculated bit here to ensure that you are never comfortable, never safe... and this continues for the majority of your time in Boot Camp, although they do let up at the end of the cycle. Four weeks through, you go through Initial Drill, where you are tested to see how you've learned. After that, you are bussed to Camp Pendleton for Rifle Range training. This is two weeks at the range (the second week you shoot for score), and another 2 weeks in field training. The week after field training, you have a week for Mess and Maintenance; this is really (i found out later) to give the Drill Instructors a few days off. Most people work in the Chow hall, washing dishes, mowing lawns, etc. (this has now been removed, btw). Then the final three weeks begin, finished by Final Drill and graduation. (i'm trying to keep this from being exceedingly long). 10 days of Boot Camp leave later, and I went back to Camp Pendleton. I was one of the first ones to go through MCT (i was in the second class), so i had to wait approximately 2 months for the rest of the class. It was definitely time for the real Fleet Marine Force, not Boot Camp - there was actual leave and liberty given out, instead of no contact with the outside world. The funny thing is, is that after all of this is said and done, you may have earned the title of Marine while in Boot Camp - but you're not really a Marine in your soul until a year and a half later - then its forever. Ok, would someone please educate me on the British Version of the above?