I had no idea how my life was about to be forever impacted on that muggy sweltering July morning in 1998. I remember it like it was yesterday; it was 3 AM when we arrived to the barking sound of what seemed like 30 Drill Instructors screaming at us to get off the bus and onto those yellow footprints. I was about to undergo 13 weeks of hell at the US Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina.
I would learn more about myself in the three months that followed than I had in the previous 18 years of my life. It's known that Marine Corps Boot Camp is physically tough, but what you don't hear about is the mental toughness it takes to complete training (they really f*ck with your head).
Over the next four years I served with people that to this day, are just as much my family to me as my own blood; this is a result of the camaraderie and trust that serving together in the Marine Corps builds.
I am the man I am today because of the Marine Corps, and I'm so thankful I made that decision to step onto those yellow footprints - the decision to be a part of THE FEW. THE PROUD. THE MARINES.
On this day, November 10, I want to say Happy Birthday to the Marine Corps and to all my fellow Marines. And to all the Marines (and all branches), thank you for you service.
P.S. Don't forget to support our partnership with the Marines Toys for Tots Program. Shop between NOV 1 - DEC 8 and we'll give a bag of groceries to a child in need AND donate a toy to the Toys for Tots Foundation!