Recruits step off the bus into a new world

Recruits step off the bus into a new world

Recruits of Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, receive their initial orders from the receiving drill instructor aboard the depot, Dec. 2. This is the first interaction recruits receive with drill instructors. Photo by LCpl Tyler Viglione.

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (Dec. 20, 2013) - Recruits kept their heads down, consumed with fear of the unknown, knowing that when the bus stopped, life as they knew it would be different.

Company B, 1st Recruit Training Battalion experienced their first taste of recruit training during receiving week aboard the depot, Dec. 2.

The minute the buses full of new recruits arrived at the depot, a drill instructor was ready to greet the recruits and give them their first commands.

They were instructed to move with speed and intensity at all times and to get off the bus onto the infamous yellow footprints.

From that point forward, the recruits were no longer allowed to use the words "I" or "me", they had to refer to themselves and each other as "this recruit" or "that recruit."

As they stood where thousands of Marines had stood before them, the recruits were taught the proper position of attention and read some of the basic articles of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.

"We explain to them [recruits] the articles of the UCMJ that apply to them while they are in recruit training as well as what happens if they are violated," said Sgt Tyler T. Huber, drill instructor, Support Battalion.

Recruits were then filed into the Contraband Room where the drill instructors made sure they did not have anything they were not supposed to such as weapons, electronic devices, tobacco and more. During that time recruits received an amnesty period where they were allowed to hand over contraband without fear of punishment. Anything recruits were caught with past that point would result in disciplinary actions.

Recruits made one phone call home, reading off a pre-written sheet that told their parents that they had arrived safely to recruit training.

Next, the recruits were assigned to platoons and received their first haircuts to establish uniformity.

"We want them to know that they are not individuals anymore, they will from here on out be a team and work as one," said Huber, a native of San Diego.

Receiving week consisted of recruits checking in with medical, getting their gear issued and ends on Friday when the recruits meet their drill instructors that will train them for the next 12 weeks. The transformation from civilian to Marine starts here. is the official website of the United States Marine Corps and is maintained by the Marine Corps' Division of Public Affairs.