Marine Corps boot camp is regarded to be the most intense of all the United States Armed Forces. In the old days, there was not a lot of training for Marine Corps drill instructor, but that has changed. And while it is a lot more training oriented than it was in the past, it is not the case that you have to undergo your own kind of secondary boot camp. To become a drill inspector in the Marine Corps you have to attend a training program that lasts 12 weeks. The focus is mostly on a wide variety of topics, including swim qualification, CPR, advanced first aid, and general military education.
Serving as a Marine Corps Drill instructor is challenging, and as you have to be squared away, and lead not only by what you say but also by your deeds and actions. There is a fair amount of physical conditioning that happens during the school, the focus is on other things. There are a large number of training days spread over the twelve week course the drill instructor candidate is evaluated for how well they perform in a leadership capacity. While it is not the same intensity or emphasis that new Marine Corps recruits endure they are evaluated both by the school’s instructors and also their fellow students. The SOP manual is the definitive authority on how to train new Marine Recruits, and it is like the bible for the Marine Drill Instructors.
While challenging, the DI school places a high regard on professionalism and leadership, and in keeping the standards of training and recruitment for the Marine Corps to the highest marks.
The Drill Instructor Course teaches experienced enlisted personnel who volunteer to serve as Drill Instructors how to be effective leaders, and to lead by example and by their actions.
Working in the field of Drill Instructor is a challenging one, the Drill Instructors engage and encounter similar types of training as the Marine recruits do. However one of the biggest differences is that the school for Drill Instructors focuses a great deal of attention on the Standard Operations Manual.
Marine Corps recruiting sends raw, untrained recruits to Basic Combat Training, to be trained how to be Marines. A main focus is in treating all DI students as professional staff non commissioned officers and sergeants.