What are your mental images of Boot Camp? I hope you are thinking of intense physical training that breaks a person’s mental, physical, emotional, social and even spiritual walls down. Boot camp is intense training for a purpose. Boot camp is designed to prepare a person for “what is ahead” in life. Boot camp will stretch every core value you have and either strengthen it or cut it away. Here is what one Marine said about their boot camp training:
As for why bootcamp training tactics are so important, you need to imagine what is expected of someone who goes there. In modern warfare, you have people too young to think about fighting the wars that we go through year after year. This has been the practice for centuries. The need for warriors and the nature for who has to fight hasn’t evolved much and likely won’t change in any near future. Drones, stealth, atomic warfare, and high-tech weaponry won’t change this. There will always be the need for young men and women who are willing and able to run to the sound of imminent danger and many, to their death. Nations need this. You need this. It is a horrible thing, but the sanctity and security of every nation on Earth requires young men and women capable of doing this.
To do this, however, we need a form of psychological training that is able to forge individuals who can do this. That is why boot camp has evolved to become such a potent tool in today’s military machine.
The most important single thing to know about boot camp is that it is 100 percent designed to reprogram children and civilians into warriors. It places within them a sense that they are expected to do important things, far more important things than could be expected from other 18-year-olds. This is all happening during one of the most intensely stressful periods of your life, when you are kept isolated from contact from your family and friends and taught that everything you were before entering the Marines was weak and lacking any real value until you too are a Marine. Cults are made this way too. I’m just saying. But in all seriousness, the psychological transformation of boot camp is a very intense and intentional effort by the Marine Corps to make warriors able to fight and kill out of kids who have just barely left high school. From the point that you graduate boot camp, you will be different and have parts of the Marine Corps culture as part of your psyche.
Some of the ways that this is done is through a series of extremely well planned and timed events that, by themselves, are meaningless, but when strategically combined together will change a person.
INTENSE! PURPOSEFUL! PLANNED! STRATEGIC!
Boot camp is designed to change patterns in a person’s life. To shape a person to become disciplined in their approach to life. Over the next 90 days, I will be placing myself into a “Discipline Boot Camp” to work on 2 weaknesses in my own life. These weaknesses have been brought to my attention and I want to address them. I want to submit myself to some intense training for the purpose of becoming a better “God’s Man” in all areas of my life.
Would you ever consider submitting yourself to boot camp experience? Why or Why not?
Tomorrow, I will share more about the need of discipline in our personal life and how I will structure my boot camp experience.