Punching the Clock – Semper Fi

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – For an extended Punching the Clock, I headed out of the county, then out of state to the U.S. Marine Corps boot camp on Parris Island, South Carolina, for an educators’ workshop. Now, I went into this with a limited and probably average understanding of the Marine Corps. I mean I saw “G.I. Jane” so I figured I had a pretty rich understanding of what they are all about. In hindsight, I was dead wrong. For starters, Demi Moore depicts a Navy Seal – which is in no way part of the Marine Corps – and she also does not go through basic training. So, needless to say, it was a humbling and eye-opening experience.

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