Recruits Work As A Team To Finish Log Drills

Recruits Work As A Team To Finish Log Drills

Recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, work together to finish a log drill exercise aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, July 8. The log drill exercise is one of many training events required for graduation from Marine Corps recruit training. Photo by Sgt Walter D. Merino II.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego (July 14, 2014)- Under a hot summer sun at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, recruits of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, were already sweating; and it was only the end of their warm-up drills.

Company G recruits continued onto a log drill exercise that required them to work as a team to complete various exercises such as log bicep curls, log dips and log side bends, July 8.

After completing a series of exercises and stretches, recruits were given a demonstration of how to properly carry a log, utilizing a seven-man team, and how to perform the log drill exercises.

Recruits were then broken into groups based on their height, and then stepped off onto a quarter-mile route filled with exercise stations.

As the recruits began moving, they quickly learned that it was necessary for them to step together. Each team of seven could be heard starting to shout, "left, right, left, right, left, right!" The purpose was to get the team to synchronize their footwork in order to move more smoothly and more efficiently.

Periodically drill instructors would stop the recruits from their march for exercises such as log side bends and log curls.

Halfway through their exercise, many recruits appeared extremely fatigued. When Company G's drill instructors observed this, they quickly reminded their recruits if they didn't do it right, they would do it again.

For some recruits, the thought of failing their platoonmates and being the source of extra exercises was enough to motivate them to a strong finish.

Recruit Boonleua Lee, Platoon 2145, explained knowing his fellow recruits were depending on him caused him to not allow himself to give up.

"If it wasn't for my fellow recruits, I wouldn't have made it. The weight of the log was extremely hard to carry throughout the exercise," said the 5-foot- 5-inch, Lee.

The difficulty of the exercise forced many of the recruits to utilize a newly found mental toughness to help push themselves through the training.

"Throughout my whole life, this was the hardest training I've ever had," said Recruit Luchou Xiong, Platoon 2147. "When (the drill instructors) were telling us we might have to do it again, I just told myself to just keep pushing through because sooner or later it had to eventually end."

As the recruits came near their finish line drenched with sweat and with facial expressions of fatigue, it appeared they were grateful the exercise was finally over, but proud of their accomplishment as well.

"It was really hard, but in the end I knew it was going to make me into the Marine I want to be," said Xiong.

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