One of the benefits drill instructors receive is the satisfaction of seeing the recruits they have trained for three months graduate and receive their eagle, globe and anchor. Spending all day for three months with a group of people is bound to create a bond. Drill instructors won’t admit it because they can’t, but they do care about their recruits.
Before you get that warm and fuzzy feeling, breathe a sigh of relief and think boot camp will be a breeze because “my drill instructors care about me,” let me clarify. Tough love is usually the way drill instructors show their affection. The more they like you, the more they will push you to lead. Also, the more they despise some recruits the more they will push them. So in reality, there’s nothing so warm and fuzzy about being singled out as special.
Toward the end of training drill instructors will take on an almost mentor role with recruits. This is especially present during the Crucible where drill instructors trade their campaign covers for regular uniform covers. They speak to recruits instead of screaming at them (although they will always scream at you if you screw up) and get to know each recruit on a basic level. This is meant as a transition from recruit to Marine.
At the emblem ceremony, it will be your drill instructors who present you with your eagle, globe and anchor. This is a very emotional time for each recruit. This is the culmination of their training. Something each recruit has been dreaming about since they entered boot camp a very long 13 weeks prior. It seems only fitting that the drill instructors would be the ones to present you with this achievement.
After the emblem ceremony, you will be taken to the warrior breakfast. Drill instructors will join you there this time in a relaxed atmosphere. However, new Marines are still hesitant as 13 weeks of habits to keep their mouths shut and eat fast are still at play. If a drill instructor asks a new Marine any question that isn’t in the form of screaming or is somewhat about themselves it will catch them off guard. They aren’t used to drill instructors being so nice.
The last week of boot camp is getting prepared for final inspection and graduation. Drill instructors are still there guiding new Marines and answering questions about what new Marines will experience once they graduate boot camp. This can be valuable information if paying attention. A new Marine isn’t automatically sent to fleet life. They must first go to their next training called the School of Infantry. For those Marines who will be infantry, they will check in to SOI that is different from Marines who are not in a combat MOS. For non-combat Marines, they will report to Marine Combat Training (MCT). From there, all Marines will report to his or her MOS school. Depending on the amount of time for a particular school is when a new Marine will finally enter the fleet.
Drill instructors aren’t just there to be mean. They are there to inspire, teach and most of all pass on Marine Corps traditions.
Source: Personal experience