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ULTIMATE MARINE RECRUIT TRAINING GUIDEBOOK: A Drill Instructor's Strategies and Tactics for Success Paperback – June 1, 2012


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Savas Beatie (June 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932714731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932714739
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His practical advise to educate recruits is solid practical information that is very useful and easy to comprehend.
james monkelis
Character building is something few experience in the civilian world and it can be very confusing to a young man or woman.
Theodore Savas
This book will without doubt help prepare the prospective Marine to thrive in basic training and the Corps in general.
Marty Hazen

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas M. McManus on August 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
Nick "Gunny Pop" Popaditch has written an invaluable resource for every young man or woman who is considering Active or Reserve duty as a U. S. Marine. He has also provided an important understanding of the Marine Corps for the parents of young recruits, too. Gunny Pop has pulled back the curtain a bit on the process which transforms young civilians into Marines by providing no-nonsense, straightforward answers to the "Who," "What," "When," "Where," and "How" of becoming a Marine. He also answers the more important "Why" of Marine training. Why is Marine recruit training more intense, more stressful, and longer than the recruit training of the other military services? Gunny Pop provides answers to this question on every page.
The book can be easily divided into three sections:
* Issues you should consider when making your decision to enlist. Among the items Gunny Pop will discuss are reasons why you should consider the Marine Corps in favor of the other branches of service, why Marine recruit is structure the way it is, your relationship with your recruiter, and the values and leadership traits of the Marine Corps.
* Things you should learn about the Marine Corps between the time you enlist and the time you report to one of the two Marine Corps Recruit Depots. Gunny Pop has recommendations for you so you can spend your time wisely preparing yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally prior to reporting for recruit training.
* The thirteen weeks of recruit training, comprised of the receiving week, the three phases of training, the Crucible, and the transition week. Gunny Pop will provide you strategies and tactics to learn all that you can from your Drill Instructors.
My son entered Marine Corps Recruit Training just before this book was available, so he hasn't read it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Savas on September 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
(Interview provided courtesy of the publisher.)

SB: Why would someone want to join Marine Recruit Training?

NP: It is a win-win scenario. The things young men and women learn in the Marine Corps will help them be successful at anything they do in life. It is the most difficult branch of our military. There are easier choices someone could make than to be a marine recruit but the rewards of being a marine are immense. The character gained in recruit training will be with these men and women their entire lives.

SB: What should a new marine recruit expect when they first join?

NP: They should expect challenge and difficulty. They will get no praise and nothing is handed to them. They will earn everything in the Corps, but learning how to earn things for oneself is the reward and is part of the training.

SB: What are some examples of how to prepare as a recruit that you incorporated into The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook?

NP: Mostly mental preparation. I incorporated how to understand the different elements of how character is built. Character building is something few experience in the civilian world and it can be very confusing to a young man or woman. The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook explains the "why" when in many cases the "why" will not be obvious or easily recognized. The book prepares recruits mentally to be receptive to the training. There is also a physical portion to the book that prepares a recruit's body for the training. In both cases the book prepares the mind and body for the training and prevents new recruits from breaking down during training.

SB: How did you prepare for Marine Recruit Training before you joined?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By james monkelis on January 7, 2013
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The Author Nick "Gunny Pop" POPADITCH is a combat wounded veteran war hero.
His practical advise to educate recruits is solid practical information that is very useful and easy to comprehend. Better still, his honorable values unmistakeably come out through the pages containing his words. They help to lay the foundation for a good decent existence. If you are considering service in the Marines - you should absolutely get this book.
Readers are Leaders in most professions. Or if you are someone who wants to understand more about the process - or just have some renewed respect for the men and women in uniform - you should also get this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By storms on July 25, 2012
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"marine recruit training guidebook" is an amazing book writtion by one of this nations top marine drill instructors as well as a decoratored tank commander who fought in some of the toughest battles of iraq. this book takes you through boot camp and shows you what it it takes to be a marine and how to prepare yourself to get in shape not only included in this well read page turner are some exellent life lessons that you can use in your day to day life or in your job situation to make your life better this is truly a wonderful book and the life of nick popadich is very amazing his other book once a marine is one of courage. also recamended are 2 other great marine reads: guns up by johnnie m clark and gunners glory
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Semper Fi on January 21, 2013
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I bought this because I am getting ready for recruit training in San Diego. I liked that it was written by a former drill instructor. I also bought "Into the Crucible" because it focuses on the crucilbe. I would recommend both books for anyone who wants to be a step ahead of most of the recruits. Knowing your knowledge will allow you to help other recruits especially if you want to be a guide or squad leader.
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