The final stage of the Crucible is a 9-mile hike from the training grounds to the Iwo Jima flag raising statue at Peatross Parade Deck. Upon completing this challenge, the recruits are handed their Eagle, Globe, and Anchors, symbolizing the completion of their arduous journey to become U.S. Marines.
At first, I thought it was just going to be a laid back and recreation trip… I was wrong. When we first arrived, our liaison ( guide or chaperone) officer boarded the bus and immediately started giving us orders, screaming and spitting in the process. We could only reply with “aye sir”. I couldn’t believe what I was doing; I am being treated like a recruit, and sadly I didn’t mind because I liked the challenge and thrill that it gave me. You never knew what was next. The only thing you can comprehend is there is one person in charge and you do everything they say quickly and efficiently. Our drill instructor’s name was Staff Sergeant Husenna-Martinez. When we got into the barracks, he asked, “Who can hold the responsibility of squad leader?" I thought I was ready; after all, I’ve been put in leadership before so it should be easy. After that, he taught us how to make and fold a military bed. That is the most complex