Recruit Antwain Rodgers says he’s proud to be one of “the few.”
He adds the basic training skills he’s learn since he first came to Parris Island on March 17 have been beneficial to his daily life. However, it’s the sense of brotherhood that’s helped him get through it more than 15 hours of daily military training.
"Honestly, if we were at war right now in the real world, I wouldn’t anybody else behind my back beside my platoon," says Rodgers.
Drill instructors say everyday is a challenge, but recruits have to learn how to eliminate the letter “I” and learn how to work in a team environment, which is why Rodgers speaks in third person.
"This recruit has a tendency that when things get a little too hard for him to give up,” Rodgers says, “The drill instructors specifically don’t let you do that."
He adds the Marine Corps made him physically fit, mentally tough and educationally strong.
Now that he’s on the island, there’s no looking back.
"Sometimes things don’t work out the way you want to, but if you have setback, get up, and find another way around it,” Rodgers says, “Adapt and overcome."
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