Recruits get dose of confidence

Recruits gain Confidence

Recruits of Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, jump from log to log during the Confidence Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Jan. 7. Recruits were required to complete numerous exercises that required climbing, rope swinging and jumping distances. Photo by Cpl Walter D. Marino II.

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (January 17, 2013)Some obstacles were tall, and some were short. Some required finesse and agility, while others required brute strength. However, one thing all the obstacles in the Confidence Course had in common was that they were all challenging.

Recruits of Company C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, pushed through the Confidence Course aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Jan. 7.

The idea is that by recruits conquering obstacles they didn't know they could climb it will give them a base of confidence to carry with them into the Fleet Marine Force.

The course includes numerous obstacles that vary in difficulty and finesse. Some of the obstacles include climbing over an approximately 10-foot- cargo net wall, jumping over logs at various heights and monkey bars.

The entire exercise takes approximately two hours to complete and recruits run through it a second time towards the end of Recruit Training.

Recruits that have a fear of heights and finish an obstacle that requires you to get up in great heights will instill confidence, explained Sgt Eddie L. Grantt, drill instructor, Plt. 1054, Co. C., 1st Recruit Training Battalion.

"Some recruits come into Recruit Training with low self-esteem, and I believe this is where we stop that," said Grantt. "This is where their foundation starts, they gain confidence from accomplishment. It's important for them to get it here because it doesn't matter whether you're leading a fire team or climbing an obstacle, you need confidence.

Recruits were broken down into small groups each lead by at least one drill instructor. Failure was not an option; anytime a recruit hesitated or struggled, a drill instructor was there to motivate their recruit.

During the course, one recruit who appeared fatigued said he believed there was a lesson to be learned from pushing through pain.

"If you're sick in a combat situation you can't take time off, you have to push through it. I think that's why drill instructors push us even though were not feeling good," said Recruit David B. Garwood, Plt. 1054, Co. C., 1st Recruit Training Battalion.

Looking over his shoulder to an exercise known as the ‘Stairway to Heaven', Recruit Robert C. Calvert, Plt. 1054, Co. C, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. said, "the one that's tall is intimidating."

"I'm excited to do something new and at the same time it's kind of scary. I think I'll get some self-confidence from knowing I can do this," said Calvert.

While going through the various exercises, it wasn't uncommon to hear one recruit encourage a struggling recruit. Any number of qualities from teamwork to confidence could have been taken away from the experience and it appeared everyone took a little pride in the accomplishment. is the official website of the United States Marine Corps and is maintained by the Marine Corps' Division of Public Affairs.