A DI’s regrets: What I’d do different
Staff Sgt. Jerry Correa has a thoughtful piece in the November issue of 'Marine Corps Gazette' reviewing his time as a drill instructor.
Staff Sgt. Jerry Correa has a thoughtful piece in the November issue of Marine Corps Gazette reviewing his time as a drill instructor. “When I look back now, I know I put 110 percent into training my recruits, but maybe I wasn’t mature enough to know the difference between the important things and the things that were made important because of the culture on the depot at the time.” (He served at San Diego from July 2009 to October 2012.)
What would he do differently? He wishes he had spent more time giving his recruits the tools they needed for real life in the Marines, especially in handling their personal finances, which he points out is a leading cause of suicides. “I wish I had taught my recruits the importance of budgeting, spending wisely, and saving.”
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