Civilians get taste of military training: 12th annual Boot Camp Challenge held at MCRD
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SAN DIEGO - Local civilians experienced military training firsthand during the 12th annual Boot Camp Challenge at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Saturday.
It is not often you see drill instructors yelling at civilians to dive through tunnels, crawl over logs and scale walls, but it was all part of MCRD's Boot Camp Challenge.
"It's a lot more intense than I thought it was going to be," said one participant.
Sgt. Scott Ruby, a drill instructor, says there is a method behind what looks like pure rage.
"To make them understand that it's not just them anymore," he said. "It's a family, and it's a team. It's being a Marine."
It pushed people like Ryan Blanchard, a senior at Murrieta High School, to complete the 3-mile course.
"Tired, ma'am … wasn't prepared," he said.
Blanchard did not say much, but the intensity was written on his forehead.
When asked if he was looking to join the military, he said yes, and when asked if this course changed it, he said no.
This is the very course Marines go through in the first three months and this is a crash course for community members.
"It feels amazing. It's humbling. I feel honored to have them actually come in and give us thanks," said Ruby.
They did it to give back to the men and women who have made the bigger commitment.
"We do it for the Marine Corps … the Marines and the future Marines," said Ruby.
Future Marines -- which is what Blanchard just might be. When asked what he thought moving forward, he said, "I need to work harder, do the best that I can and hopefully try this again next year and get better."
A single ticket for the event was $45. It goes to benefit Marine Corps Community Services, which helps fund things like family events for Marines.
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