Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego --
“I don’t want to go back to how I was,” said Private First Class Seth Steele, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion. “I’m going to keep this effort I’ve been showing.”
Steele, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native can truly say boot camp changed him.
company Marine was very laid back and care free prior to recruit training. He
didn’t face many challenges simply because he failed to challenge himself.
“I came [to
recruit training] because I didn’t have the drive to be good in school or have
the drive to do anything,” said Steele. “I wanted to come and seek direction to
find that drive and do something better. I feel like that has happened.”
it wasn’t exactly easy for Steele to shake his lethargic habits. When he
arrived aboard the depot, Steele had a hard time adjusting to his drill
instructors and their constant stress and fast-paced instruction.
here and had a bad attitude,” said Sgt. Levi Smith, Steele’s senior drill
instructor. “He probably never been yelled
at before he got here.”
took out his frustration in ways that led Smith to question if he should be
allowed to finish training.
“At the beginning of training I wasn’t a good
recruit,” said Steele. “I was belligerent.”
His bad behavior
was brought up to his series commander who placed him on trial training for one
week, meaning if there were any other acts of misconduct, Steele would never
become a Marine.
after this reality check that Steele began to change.
just clicked,” said Steele “I needed to do it for my family. I came here for
them and to make myself a better person.”
new attitude allowed him to make it through his trial training successfully.
attitude did a complete turn for the better,” said Smith. “His change was able
to inspire the other recruits to be better.”
drastic change in motivation was noticeable not only to his drill instructors,
but to the other recruits in his platoon as well.
“I proved myself to senior drill
instructor because after I made it through my trial training, he made me squad
leader,” said Steele. “I’ve heard, from my platoon, they’ve seen a huge change
from what I was in the beginning to what I am now,”
changes affected not only his leadership, but his physical capabilities as
lost 35 pounds since I’ve got here,” said Steele. “I improved all my [physical
training] scores by a substantial amount.”
recruit training, Steele will report to the School of Infantry at Marine Corps
Base Camp Pendelton, Calif., and then to his military occupational specialty
school to become a logistics specialist.