Women Marines, ‘The Few, The Proud’
“Nothing, absolutely nothing can prepare you for bring a drill instructor,” says Sgt. Ashley Minnie-Perez.
For more than 16 hours a day, sometimes even 18 hours, drill instructors are expected to set an example for recruits.
Sergeant LaToya Carty has been working with recruits more than three years, and she says each day is different, but the principles never change.
“We’re required to do everything faster, better and quicker than the recruits,” says Carty.
And every leader has to make sacrifices.
“If you could only imagine, you know, working everyday straight, every single day: Christmas, New Year’s, birthdays, kids in the hospital, mother is in the hospital…it doesn’t matter,” says Minnie-Perez.
Regardless, these women keep their eyes on the goal, and their values.
The first female commanding general, Brigadier General Lori Reynolds, says recruits and Marine leaders constantly remind her of her own values and the values of the Marines.
“Humility…these young men and women they teach me something new everyday, and when I stop learning then I need to go,” says Reynolds.
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