A Little Encouragement Needed

Back in September I told y’all that LC Cortilaen was off to Uncle Sam’s School for Wayward Boys. Much to my surprise I received a letter from our young recruit today. Like so many who have gone before him he’s reaching the breaking point, that magical place where your mind tells you that your body is failing and the seeds of doubt creep in. Every day you wake up even more tired than the previous day. Your muscles hurt, your bones hurt, your hair hurts.

It’s at that point that you dig deeper to make it just one hour, one minute more. So a little encouragement would help him out here pups.

I’ll print out and send along your comments to Cortilaen. Any of y’all who want to send a personal note can email me and I’ll send you his address.

Thanks pups. Let’s help him earn the title United States Marine.

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NR Pax
NR Pax
September 30, 2011 20:24

Crunchie, please check your email. I’ll send him a note.

Orion
Orion
September 30, 2011 20:35

Boot, don’t you DARE give up on yourself! You can do this – you WILL do this! No matter how tired you are, how beaten you feel, how cut off, alone, ostracized, misunderstood, disliked, hated, failed, and useless you feel – you are none of those. Take a deep breath and lean into it – You must NOT QUIT. EVER.… Read more »

September 30, 2011 20:55

LC Cortilaen ; You don’t know it now, but what you are enduring will provide immense rewards in years to come, to help you cope and endure, to look adversity in the eye and step forward. Trust in this thought, I know it to be true, even now, especially now in my case. ….this I know. For that little thirteen… Read more »

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog
September 30, 2011 21:42

One step at a time, just keep going forward. Pain is temporary and passing, that Badge at the end of the tunnel is forever.

And from the Army Pounder Puke, if for no other reason (and it worked for me) illegitimi non carborundum est.

Or in English “Don’t let the Bas**rds Grind You Down.”

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog
September 30, 2011 22:18

LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. @ #:
That sentiment works also! I just prefer the original translation although I do understand Jarheads not getting the irony of the original Latin!

/Ducks, Pops Smoke and Runs!!!!!!! :em05:

Mattexian
Mattexian
September 30, 2011 23:30

You’re a much braver sunvabitch than I for doing this. Make us proud to know you, so we can brag about having a Marine as a friend.

FrankOK
FrankOK
October 1, 2011 00:17

LC Cortilaen:

Don’t take it personal when a Navy fellow says “USMC” stands for” Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children”.

Went through a lot of Aviation schools and drank a lot of beer with you guys after class – carry on.

LC BOATS
LC BOATS
October 1, 2011 00:55

I remember a day way back in 1965 when after thirteen weeks of more hell than I ever knew existed had finally come to an end. I remember thinking of how proud I was and how I had accomplished things I did not believe I could have ever done but did. I remembered thinking about just quitting because it was… Read more »

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
October 1, 2011 04:21

Son, don’t you give up on doing what I wished I had done 40 years ago. You be a Marine! You’ve got it in you and you’ve got you’re friends here at your back. Of course if you ain’t up to Marine…there is always inventory control (Army) or material transport (Navy) or look down at the action (Air Force)….all necessary… Read more »

The Irish Dragoness
The Irish Dragoness
October 1, 2011 11:10

I’m not a a Marine, but I’m married to one and have heard many stories of boot camp and other formal schools. Take it one minute at a time, one second at a time if you have to. You CAN do this! Dig down deep and you will find a strength you never knew you had. All of us here… Read more »

LC Draco
LC Draco
October 1, 2011 11:46

LC Cortilaen… I served with numerous Marines in Iraq, especially when Fallujah was hot. The training is for a purpose and is actually MORE mental than physical, although sometimes it may not seem that way! One day at a time and, as we in the Army say, watch out for your Ranger buddy. When you doubt yourself, take a deep… Read more »

LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
LC Ohio Right Wing Nut
October 1, 2011 13:00

LC CORTILEAN…

You got this Brother, You’re a ROTTIE…that alone makes you strong enough :em01:

And if I could make it thru Fire school at the age of 41, (and I didn’t know how bad my knees were until the ladder maze) you can make it thru camp

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
October 1, 2011 13:38

Boot is stressful. Take it one day at a time. Do as your told, do the best you can, and you’ll be fine. The paper test at the end is hard so study. Don’t expect to eat more than 3 bites of your food the first couple meals. : Congrats to him for having a brain. You only need a… Read more »

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
October 1, 2011 15:37

One step at a time, young boot, that’s all it takes. I know it’s hard but it’s harder to quit. And remember,

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory… lasts forever.

LC R6
LC R6
October 1, 2011 16:39

Of course if you ainā€™t up to Marineā€¦there is always inventory control (Army) Jarheads may kick the door in, but while they are over there in the corner causing a distraction those of us with blue cords come in and kill everyone. That’s inventory control. Boot, keep this in mind: Finish boot camp and you can wade in here and… Read more »

MasterGuns Imperial Swampmaster
MasterGuns Imperial Swampmaster
October 1, 2011 17:15

Pvt Cortilaen, I made it through, so can you. The Corps is an exclusive club and boot camp is hard for a reason. You must weed the recruits and separate “wheat from chaff” so to speak. The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war. In boot camp I did not understand that……..a few months after I… Read more »

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
October 1, 2011 17:20

I have no advice to give…. only encouragement. You’ll make it. I’ll toss up a word with the Man upstairs.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
October 1, 2011 19:14

Reading the prior posts, I can find no greater words than have already been used. The one that hits the best is: Pain is weakness leaving the body. You are a Rottie, you have a brotherhood standing behind you. It IS the spirit, not the body, know we’re here.

LC Jackboot IC/A
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LC Jackboot IC/A
October 1, 2011 19:29

LC BOATS says: The pain has passed but the pride never will. Ill always be a swabie and you will always be a Marine.Carry on Another swabbie with you here Boats. Cortilaen, this too shall pass. I remember well that time in hell 37 years ago. I was thinking of quitting, but the idea of going home a civilian was… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
October 1, 2011 19:30

LC Cortilaen, Remember that I suggested resting every second you weren’t doing something else even more essential. The Irish Dragoness and Gladiator have already proffered the encouragement that I was about to give. One day at a time so long as you can, and when that is no longer possible one hour at a time, then one minute at a… Read more »

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
October 1, 2011 19:36

Expanding a little on Master Guns. Bootcamp is deliberately and scientifically made as tough as possible. This to both weed out those who are too weak to succeed and to make actual combat easier. When your DI is ripping you a new asshole, he is showing, in the manner used by senior enlisted, that he thinks well of you and… Read more »

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
October 1, 2011 19:37

Cortilaen, don’t give up. They grind you down to build you up. That may sound counter-intuitive, but if you think about it, it’s true. If you stay the course, you will be a fine, fierce weapon. Do you think the steel that is fasioned into a sword would enjoy the process? Yet at the end of the process, (especially in… Read more »

Emperor Misha I
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Emperor Misha I
October 1, 2011 22:01

Being late to the party, there’s not a whole lot I can add, Cortillaen, but that never stopped me in the past so why would it now? We’ve all been, those of us who served anyway, exactly where you are now, whether we care to admit it or not. We were there, and you are there now because it is… Read more »

Madam President
Madam President
October 1, 2011 22:33

Cortilaen! We’ve never spoken before, but I’m totally envious of you! After reading what the other Rotties have said, there’s really nothing more I can add other than: 1.) Mind leads body. This may sound trite and dull as hell, but it’s true. The human body is a straight up machine, capable of being pushed to the most extreme physical… Read more »

HoundOfDoom
HoundOfDoom
October 1, 2011 23:28

Hi Cortilaen, Keep your chin up and your eyes open. Soon you will be telling us it was all worth it, and your career as a Marine will be on it’s way. Everyone here knows you are up to this challenge, and believe me, all us old guys would trade places with you in a flash. Just keep going. If… Read more »

redc1c4
redc1c4
October 1, 2011 23:49

the easiest way through is forward.

if it was supposed to be easy, you would have joined the Air Force.

(and if you ain’t Cav, you ain’t shit. %-)

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
October 2, 2011 01:36

redc1c4 @ #29 & 30: :em07: Does that mean if you are Cav, you are…? :em05:

LC Darth Scoundrel
LC Darth Scoundrel
October 2, 2011 01:47

Nothing I can add that hasn’t already been said. It’s tough, you will get through it, enough said. If the DI’s didn’t think you could make it they wouldn’t waste their time on you. The fact they are still kicking you in the ass means they think there is a Marine in there somewhere. Don’t disappoint them by giving up… Read more »

LC Darth Scoundrel
LC Darth Scoundrel
October 2, 2011 01:49

LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician says: redc1c4 @ #29 & 30: Does that mean if you are Cav, you areā€¦? LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician recently posted..Arpaio on the pRes, Babeau on the ATF, The Ordies say the same thing (IYAOYAS), and I always ask them the same question. Usually I just get confused looks. I imagine it’s… Read more »

LC Old Dog
LC Old Dog
October 2, 2011 05:09

OK, I tried the friendly approach! Now I shall use my best Platoon Sergeant approach. The meek or faint of heart my leave now. ******************************** Listen the Fuck up Jarhead! Get off of your dead ass and get moving. Somewhere, some when my Grandson is going to be standing at a corner of a building with the short hairs on… Read more »

LC Proud Infidel
LC Proud Infidel
October 2, 2011 10:42

I remember being in Army boot camp and AIT 20 years ago this month, and thought in my head at the end of every painful ballbuster of a day was “It failed to kill me, it only made me stronger.”. YES, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. When the going gets tougher, the real men drive on!… Read more »

Orion
Orion
October 2, 2011 13:23

Pvt Cortilaen These are all outstanding, but Master Guns and The Emperor particularly struck a chord with me – Read their stuff again! Master Guns’ comment reminded me of a radio intercept from Fallujah I read about recently. a local commander was exhorting his troops to stand and fight the Marines that were going through them like sh!t through a… Read more »

LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch
LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch
October 2, 2011 15:53

LC Cortilaen – When you look at this, it’s a tiny portion of your life that can mean so much! It will end, and when it does, you will look back on it as the biggest, most significant accomplishment of your life. DO NOT GIVE UP ON YOURSELF. Keep pushing. Keep pushing hard. You will make it, and you will… Read more »

Hvy Gunner 0331
Hvy Gunner 0331
October 2, 2011 22:00

You are going to earn that title, young Recruit. There will come a time when you look back on Boot Camp as the easiest thing you ever did on the Corps. Now, however, you are going to come eyeball to eyeball with a lot of barriers, and you’re going to have to reach down, do a package check, and ask… Read more »

Igor, Imperial Booby
Igor, Imperial Booby
October 3, 2011 12:25

While I didn’t have the chops to be a Marine (okay, okay, I went into Uncle Sam’s Flying Air Circus ), I learned to push through pain – If a wuss like me can do it, you can do it in your sleep, Cortilaen. (No, it wasn’t in the AF I learned that…) The best metals are put through the… Read more »

LC PrimEviL
LC PrimEviL
October 3, 2011 12:41

Keep humping that pack, Maggot! You can rest at the top of the next rise.

If you fall down, I’ll stand beside you, and kick you until you get up.

Delftsman3
Delftsman3
October 3, 2011 21:06

I have nothing to add other than this WILL be the time when you learn just who and what you are;A lot of us here felt every emotion/pain/uncertainty you are feeling now, but when we look back we know that this was the time when we came to know just how much we could be, and that is the greatest… Read more »

NR Pax
NR Pax
October 4, 2011 07:37

My own letter was sent off today. Good on him for having one hell of a support network.