Updated: Apr 22, 2020
By Matthew Peterson
I remember standing in formation on a training field at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego as a Drill instructor (DI), hands on his hips and Campaign Cover masking his eyes, glared upon us from the elevated wooden platform. Next to him was a rucksack and a dummy—a lifeless, plastic body. He dumped the ruck’s contents on the platform and picked up a combat boot. He held the boot over his head and belted out in that sharp gravelly voice that all Drill Instructors are seemingly issued, "Alright Recruits, can anybody tell me what this is?"