Interview with a Marine

"...as our eighth commandment of the Marine Corps decalogue says, increasing physical and mental preparation will be my permanent goal."

On this occasion, we bring you another interview conducted on our Discord channel, in this case with a fellow Marine, it should be noted that this interview was done during the period he was in the EIMGAF, so it is highly recommended its reading for all aspirants.

1.- Why did you want marine infantry?

Since I was a child I always wanted to be a soldier, in part it comes from tradition because I have a lot of family in the army, but every time I looked at something from the army I saw myself there, it has always been something I have wanted, and sorry if it sounds very patriotic, defending my country and giving my life for it is a dream that I have always wanted to be able to carry out.

2.- What previous preparation have you done to the EIMGAF?

In my case I have always been a very sporty person, my advice? I recommend that you bring a good exercise table. Do not seek to get a lot of volume, honestly, here they do not care if you weigh 90 kg or if you weigh 50 kg, what is really required is a high physical capacity based on resistance.

For example, I entered weighing around 60 kg (just over 60), but I have noticed fewer difficulties in most activities thanks to the physical resistance I already had. Obviously I suggest combining gym afternoons with going for a run (if possible in the mountains, which is where you go here). But the most important thing, apart from the physical, is mental resistance, here the one who runs the most or the one with the most muscle can't stand it, but the one whose head is strong enough to overcome the toughest phases and emotional crises.

3.- What do you like the most and the least?

What I like the most? It is somewhat complicated to answer the truth, all the activities, no matter how hard they are, are very interesting and entertaining. If it is true that some maneuvers and some classes of Individual Combat Tactics (ICT) can be less entertaining or expensive. But honestly I do not find any above another, if it is true that Tactics classes are usually the ones in which I have the best time together with topography, but for color tastes.

4.- Is there anything you would improve?

To be honest? WiFi, even a bunker has better WiFi. Wanting to improve classes is somewhat subjective, in a way it's like school, each teacher gives the subjects in a different way, but in the end you end up understanding everything.

5.- How is more or less a day in the EIMGAF?

Diana at 6. At 7.30 in short sleeves and shorts for half an hour waiting for the flag raising. 1 hour of mountain running and then class, at 5:30 p.m. (or 6:30 p.m. depending on the controls) you are free to study, clean the cabin and relax.

6.- Any advice to get it right?

Setting small goals may seem silly, but wishing for a day or a close moment helps a lot to make you more relaxed. There are very hard moments when you even miss sleeping on the floor of your house because you had a fight with your relative. Honestly speaking with my family and thinking "there's less for Christmas" helped me a lot to get through the hardest weeks I've lived here so far.

7.- Level of physical demand?

Obviously we are talking about one of the elite units of the army, not counting the special forces, the physical preparation they require is high, but it does not mean that you have to be a triathlete to endure, simply the ambition to excel, the desire and the effort can help you reach the level of demand they want.

8- How are the "puteos", have you ever been arrested or something like that? could you explain the experience?

The culeos, or rock and roll for my section, is usually 2 hours crawling or 1 hour doing push-ups nonstop, other times it's taking the logistics backpack and start crawling and sliding. arrest me? Not for now, yes, they have deprived me of exit once (damn rifle and damn mud) to be arrested or deprived of exit on a weekend is sometimes a bit horrible, many times you are practically alone in the entire barracks but luckily you can study quietly. And I don't recommend my experience in an asshole, my worst experience was 4 hours crawling along a stone path (don't wear a watch if you're not a brigadier).

9. Should I bring anything to the EIMGAF?

I advise you yes, there is a bazaar here but it is worse than buying in a Chinese, it costs more and is of poor quality. Before entering they send you an email with material to bring. 

On our website we have a section for supplies for schools.

10 - Could you explain to us why the training of a Marine is longer?

Normally they are 5 months, lately they are longer due to a Covid plan that started a while ago. As they have told me, the first cycle of 2022 will only have 5 months, I am happy for them.

11 - Do you think that someone who has been clear about this path since childhood has a psychological advantage compared to the rest?

No, I know of many who since they were little wanted to be and tried hard to put up with it but they couldn't, it is true that having that clear idea helps a lot, as my uncle told me: "if you really want to put up with it and not suffer, you should like it, If you don't like it, you won't be able to get up every morning." It is important to have clear ideas, but it does not mean that because you wanted it since you were a child it will be of great help to you.

12- What is the thing or things that cost one the most to adapt to the EIMGAF?

Normally it is usually not seeing your family or having contact with them as continuously as when you are at home, otherwise people tend to adapt quickly to the new situation and move on.

13- How many comrades have left the EIMGAF? At the Cia level and at the level of the entire EIMGAF.

About 100 people will have left the entire cycle, more or less, from my company about 30 will have left. I'm sorry I can't give you the exact figure.

14- How are the EIMGAF maneuvers?

The first two maneuvers are the hardest in a certain way, think that you start to do something that is new in your life, and above all that they show you to a large extent what the life of a Marine is like. Afterwards they are calmer and more entertaining.

15- How was the shock of Civil Life to EIMGAF mentally?

Somewhat hard, you get used to a lifestyle and suddenly you are presented with a new lifestyle that you have never lived and only heard about.

16- Would a person who is not used to physical exercise be able to withstand the EIMGAF?

Well, there are people who surprise you, I know from experience, but physical wear and tear takes place that if you're not used to it can give you a hard time. The controls usually go from less to more to help those less accustomed people, but I do advise that if one is going to show up, go physically prepared to withstand the physical wear and tear as much as possible.

17- How did you feel when shooting for the first time?

I don't know how it will be for others, but in my case it was a mixture of emotions. At first it gives you a shudder when you take the shot, but at the same time you feel satisfaction, amazement... it's a bit difficult to describe those emotions exactly, but after shooting for the first time you leave quite satisfied, even if you didn't do it well , and happy for the experience.

18- What advice would you give future EIMGAF students?

That they prepare well physically, that they study when they are here, that they do not give up, I know that there are hard times but that they can always be endured, and a piece of advice that they gave me and it is very accurate, do not look for the meaning or the reason for the things, there are times that have no explanation or simply do not need to know as much as you want. And as our eighth commandment of the Marine Corps Decalogue says, increasing physical and mental preparation will be my permanent goal, so you can now apply the story and come prepared. And remember: BRAVE BY LAND AND BY SEA.

We hope you liked the interview and remember that if you want to participate in future interviews you can join our Discord channel.

We leave you the link here. https://discord.gg/TCuf5Mp6

2 comments

Muchas gracias por compartir tu experienciay tus sentimientos y mucha suerte.

enrique arèval February 11, 2022

Cuánto tiempo tarda en irse de misión un infante por primera vez y después de la primera vez cada cuánto tiempo frecuenta las misiones?

alejandro February 11, 2022

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