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M:

You’ll always address them as Drill Sergeant, you understand?

 

Group:

Yes, Drill Sergeant.

 

F:

Faster!  Move faster!

 

M:

Hurry up!

 

F:
Get up, up!

 

M:
Hurry up!

 

F:
Run.  Walk fast.

 

M:

If you are Regular Army and a male, stand up.

 

Natonya Osbourne:

So it begins, day one.  Basic training is only for 10 weeks.  Those 10 weeks are going to go by so fast.  Just know that everybody that’s there are on the same boat as you.

 

Percy Gordon:

When a soldier pulls up to reception and they first see their Drill Sergeant, they’re thinking, oh my God, what I have I gotten myself into?

 

Robert Sherwood:

When we get them day one, and then when we graduate them day 60, there’s a huge change.  When we first get them, there’s no discipline, there’s a lack of motivation, they’re lazy, they’re halfhearted, they don’t put any effort into anything.

 

F:
What company are you in?  (shouts) What company are you in?  What company are you in, Private?!

 

Soldier:

I don’t know, Drill sergeant.

 

F:

Lost in the dust, that’s what you are.

 

Percy Gordon:

When we graduate them, you can see the full motivation of a soldier and they realize what they’ve signed that dotted line for.

 

Ralph Negrete:

I think the biggest thing for us as Drill Sergeants is just leading by an example.

 

Roxanne Aguiar:

Everybody expects Drill Sergeant to be that angry, in-your-face Drill Sergeant.  But it’s more of a lead by inspiration, versus lead by fear.

 

Natonya Osbourne:

Some civilians or soldiers may be scared of the Drill Sergeants, but that’s only because we’re so disciplined.  And in order to turn them into a soldier, they have to be disciplined.

 

M:
If you want to be a soldier, you need to act like a soldier.  Down!

 

Group:

Need more.

 

M:

Up!

 

Group:
Discipline.

 

Roxanne Aguiar:

We want to inspire our soldiers to become strong Army soldiers that have those Army values instilled in them, versus scaring into them. 

 

Natonya Osbourne:

They have to be in situations where they can overcome their fear.  So if we don’t help them overcome their fear, then it’s not going to -- it’s not going to prepare them for when they go into active duty.

 

Jessica Gimmell:

Because you’re going to want to quit.  You’re going to want to quit.  But you need something to call back on and be just like, “No, I got to pick myself up and drill.”

 

Roxanne Aguiar:

And really, that’s the point where they figure out how much heart they really have.

 

Ralph Negrete:

You have to have your mind set that, hey, I’m going through with this, I’m going to do it, and everything will work out.

 

Natonya Osbourne:

It’s not difficult to transition a civilian into a soldier.  The civilian just has to come to basic training with that mindframe and that determination to become a soldier.

 

M:

The starting position for the pushup is the front leaning rest position.  This movement is a two count movement.  (inaudible)

 

M:

Move.

 

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Jessica Gimmell:

It’s impressive to see the soldiers come in that are not in physical shape.  And by the time they graduate, some of them do much better than some of my peers.

 

Ralph Negrete:

Not everybody can wear this uniform.  It’s actually a privilege.

 

Roxanne Aguiar:

You wear it with pride.  You look professional, and you conduct yourself as such.


Natonya Osbourne:

When you hear someone calling you a soldier, you want to act like a soldier, you want to walk like a soldier, you want to talk like a soldier.  Every soldier is an infantryman.  Doesn’t matter what your MOS is.  You’re learning how to build that fighting position, how to cover your battle buddy in a firefight.  When you go out and you deploy, you don’t know what situation that you’re going to be in.

 

M:

Y’all have very good technique.  I liked it.  Best one so far today.

 

Ralph Negrete:
So when you get that whole platoon online, and you got 60 kids from all over the United States, and they all came together and worked as one, it’s very rewarding.  It’s very rewarding.

 

Jessica Gimmell:

You can start to tell who the natural leaders within that platoon are going to be, who is going to be the one to take care of that platoon?

 

M:

No matter how many casualties there are, we always need security, so we need at least four-person --

 

F:
OK, so we should put some more people for security duty.

 

Robert Sherwood:

Graduation day, it’s a huge day for them, because a lot of them haven’t accomplished anything.  They’ve played a few ports, they might have won a few games, but this is the first milestone of being an actual adult, and taking responsibility on their own.

 

Percy Gordon:

I love seeing soldiers that have learned things, seeing soldiers transform from those civilians that they came to us as, and to see them turn into highly motivated soldiers.  No feeling like it.  So I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.

 

Robert Sherwood:

Just come with the heart and the attitude that you can do it, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

 

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