Narrative Essay - Zach Asbury English 015 McKelvey 10...

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Zach Asbury English 015 McKelvey 10 February 2008 1 st Draft Welcome to… We had been on the bus for about an hour and a half, the duration of which we had to stare straight forward, studying a little white pamphlet of information. I, along with 45 other strangers, had no idea what to expect. I was too nervous to breathe but too excited to study. When we had arrived, a man dressed in camouflage boarded the bus, looked at us and then yelled at us to get off the bus. Without hesitation I got up out of my seat and made my way off. Within a moment of getting off the bus, there was a Sergeant Instructor in my face giving me an earful as if I had committed some terrible act, yelling at me worse than my parents ever have. Welcome to boot camp. It is customary for freshman joining The Pennsylvania State University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), to go through a week of hell, aka boot camp at Fort Indiantown Gap. This type of boot camp is run by the upper classman in the program with the sole purpose of making you quit. The point of freshman orientation is to make sure you have what it takes to be successful in the program both physically and mentally. Boot camp involves a lot of yelling, a lot of physical training (PT), and very little sleep. Just for clarification, there were four types of instructors at Gap.
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  • Fall '07
  • STJEAN,SHAWNR
  • English, Rhetoric, Boot Camp, United States Marine Corps, Sergeant, Staff Sergeant, Barracks, Sergeant Instructor

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