HE 109(Prof. Curling)
Military Bootcamp Injuries/Ailments.
They protect our borders during war time and peace. They are often called America’s
finest, bravest, best, and brightest. Motto’s like, “the few the proud”, “be all you can be”, “cross
into the blue”, are all associated with them. Yes, the subject is the US military. America boosts a
large and efficient military. The young men and women in uniform are also one of the most
physically and mentally fit individuals in the country. The transformation from a being civilian to
a military personal does not happen overnight. One has to go through a series of training and test
in order to be a called a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airmen/women, and a Coast Guard. This
experience is wrapped up into one place and regimen: boot camp. For each service, the boot
camp duration, and training varies. But the objective is always clear; to transform civilians into
military personal. For most, boot camp is the most challenging time of their lives, both
physically and mentally. Others breeze through it.
Whatever the individual’s fitness level may be, injuries still occur at boot camp. They can
range from sprains, broken bones, dehydration, fungus, animal bites etc. For most part, it stops
training for a few days for recruits, but for others it means weeks of missed training and in some
cases getting dropped and being sent home. This paper shall look at some of the common injuries
and other medical conditions that arise while training, or as a result of training, for recruits while
going through boot camp. For this, the paper will study the Marine Corps boot camp.
Marine Corps Boot Camp:
The Marine Corps boot camp is 13 weeks long, and divided into
three phases. First phase consists of basic learning, physical and mental conditioning. Second
phase concentrates on rifle training, and third phase is field training. It is important to note that