Originally Posted by KonFewShuN
I'm going to MCRD-SD, so i know there's a lot of hills. But i also do a lot of HIIT on hills, Also, I don't want ANY leader position. The less noticeable i am the better. However, if i am given a position, i will take it and run with it. My wife will send me mail and she already knows what she can/can't send me. I think i'll be looking forward for every sunday since thats the closest "day off" we get during boot camp. But who knows, i may go by chow time, i hear thats a popular way to gauge the day.
I'm not a marine but I am army so from my exp in boot camp (graduated 4th out of 155 soldiers) I would tell you what someone told me. First couple of weeks lay it low and don't make a name for yourself by doing something stupid. Just work your ass off and they will undoubtedly see it. Same time though don't be a kiss ass, don't be a suck up, don't be a show off. Once the atmosphere starts to change and the DI's knows everyone by name, volunteer for EVERYTHING! Trust me it sucks real bad but if they say something like "I need two guys to do ******* now!" You run your ass off to get up there and tell them you want to do it no matter what it is.
Brains, strength, and stamina get you far in basic but absolute motivation and determination gets you farther. And thats what the instructors want to see. They want to see you trying harder than everyone else rather than doing better than the others.
Anyways just my advice. Worked well for me.