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Was informed today our son was dropped and put into MRP due to stress fractures in his tibias.  He was on his fourth week.  This is new to us so looking for information on how this all works.  His recruiter said he would probably be in MRP for 4 to 6 weeks.  Has anyone had someone with similar injuries in MRP? 

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Welcome to MRP, Mustang66.  Not happy that you have found this place, and yes, it Sux!  BUT... iwill tell you that here, In MRP, is there the Best Of the Best Reside, From Past and Present....What I call The "EXTRA STEP" Marines.

Prayers Up and Ongoing!

And Doubtful it will Help Much when Raw, But my thoughts and Beliefs.....



First make sure you send letters assuring him that he has this under control and he must  promote his status and ability to overcome this setback. He is the only person that can make his case of determination to stay, train, and become a Marine. His superiors are looking for his determination to recoup, heal, and his leadership in helping his brothers get through this detour. Maturity and his determination will make his case as a Recruit destined to serve with them as a Marine.... If it is at all possible to heal physically. He has this opportunity and do not give up. 

He will succeed if his body heals as normal. Prayers for healing and moving forward.


Our son just got placed into MRP on Thursday at Parris Island due to stress fracture of his femur. He has been at Boot Camp since July 16.  We don't even know how it happened.  I sure the stress of everything.  I was fortunate enough to answer the phone when he called to let us know his new address. This will be a hard journey but at least he didn't get sent home. My prayers are with you and your son.  Our son's name is David. 

DEBH:  Prayers up and Ongoing.

mustang66:  Make the magazines Marine Related (like leatherneck) and usually ok.  And there's the Commandant's list on EGA Shop that are also approved reading.


I have been out of pocket so am late answering the request to add my voice. My apologies for that. Yes, they can feel down, whipped, and defeated. He needs every bit of encouragement you can send him. He will get past that. It is just such a shock to them at first, they feel like they are failing, especially when they see others fly through without any problems. It's discouraging, and somehow they feel like they are letting everyone down...that needs to be nipped, and that is up to everyone who talks to him and writes to him, to let him know he has 110% of your faith and support. As wolfdragon said, prayers are up and going.

mustang66: as Jan said: NIP it!  Tough Love Time!  It is in no way unusual for the recruit to hit the "Wall, especially in MRP, and having to come to terms with the fact he/she is NOT Immortal.  But a Marine, a True Marine, gets THRU IT!  And He can!

Also, remember it is all fresh and the letter is days old, SO, the incredible LOW might be climbing.

Serious MOTO Time!

If I may offer:


Prayers up and ongoing.


My son was just put on MRP due to a stress fracture in his hip (We got the call on Saturday).  He was scheduled to graduate on September 6, 2013.  It was devastating news to us.  Could someone send us a mailing address so we can send encouraging letters as soon as possible.  They said we should get a call from him with a new address but haven't gotten the call yet.  Waiting on pins and needles.  Our prayers go out to all those who are injured and working hard to get back out into the training.

bassgold1:  I am So Sad to hear this News!  This is Always a tough thing to have to encounter! And for some of us, the most difficult thing to explain.  First and foremost my prayers are up and ongoing for your recruit and you and your family.

The Crucible is a 54 hour event with little sleep that is considered to be one of the most rigorous training exercises in the world.  Because of that, EVERY EFFORT is made to Assure the Safety of the Recruit.  That is The Number One and only concern.

On Mondays prior to the Crucible, to assure that the Recruit has the best chance to handle the extreme rigors of the course they all undergo a fairly thorough physical examination in order to try to detect these kind of things, which Recruits will also often "try to hide".

I know this is difficult to understand right now, and that it is "devastating" to a degree, but having had some previous experiences and knowledge, while it might seem terrible now, Far worse should the body fail 40+ feet up a rope and fall!

As tough as it is, I would ask you consider that, and how a fall of that nature, depending on how he landed, well, could be catastrophic.

I assure you that here at illnesses and injuries, what I call our "Extra Step" Marines, you are and will be embraced and surrounded by the "Best of the Best" People, both Present and Past, and they will be able to help you with any/all information you will need!

In hopes this might help, just a little, I offer:

The Extra Step To Take


Lord, I do Not Understand-

I Have Done All That I Can;

Yet, Here in MRP I land,

And am, at the end, just a simple man.


Lord, I cannot comprehend-

The failure I have been given;

To be in FRP, and made to mend

When I am, oh, SO very driven.


I ask You now to help me know,

Just how I failed, and what this means;

This Extra Step You make me go

To be One with My fellow Marines....


Once again, my Prayers go out to you and your Recruit.


Best regards,



Is he at Parris Island or San Diego?

Mustang 66,

As you might have read, my son spent 10 weeks at MRP, but we were just down at Parris Island to attend his graduation this past Friday.  Tremendous event and well worth all the drama we experienced.  He had his ups and downs in the MRP, and several of his letters had my wife and I concerned.  The natural instinct of these kids is to want to come home when an injury occurs.  Here are my thoughts as a recent "success story":

1.  Nip the negativity as quickly as you can.  Everyone will tell you the same thing, but your son needs to know that his journey hasn't ended, it is just being tested.  If he comes home, his journey will most likely end, and while it might sound good to him now, it will not be what he "wants" 2 months from now.  He knows it, he just needs to be told it over and over again.

2. They are going from being busy every minute of the day, with a lot of structure, to having nothing to do most of the day.  My son read books at first (and snuck out to the gym for several weeks even though he was on bed rest).  When he got "caught" at the gym he ended up meeting some new pals and spending a lot of time with them, and doing a lot of sleeping.  Not what he wanted to do, but it passed the time and that was his main objective.  

3. It sounds silly, but he needs to recover and by sharing his story and opening up to a bunch of kids he can find some solace in their experiences and backgrounds.  My son's two best friends are the two kids he spent the majority of his time with at MRP.  We were on our way over to say goodbye to them after graduation when we ran into them in the MCX.  The kids ran up to each other hugging when they saw each other and it was a very touching scene.  Kids can get very close in the MRP because they have less restrictions and more time on their hands.  Encourage him to take time to meet some of the "good kids" in the MRP.  They are all fine young men, but some have better attitudes than others and if he can align himself with some of the still motivated kids it will enable him to keep his spirits up.

4. We used my son's original SDI to help our son stay motivated.  I think our SDI was a rare bread, but most of these SDI's "get it".  They know their job is to get kids through these tough times.  It was not encouraged by others, but I sent a couple of emails to his old platoon SDI and he came through in tremendous fashion by visiting my son at least weekly and pushing him along.  they become like father figures and your son is less likely to be down in the dumps if he knows there are others looking out for him.  Give it a shot, it might work.  Our son's old SDI (he trained with him for only 2 weeks, but he then spent 10 weeks pushing him through MRP) even showed up at Family Day prior to graduation to introduce himself to my family and to share a couple of stories, and provide a picture off his iphone of my son's injury.  

5. One positive of MRP is your son will have more time and communication gets more regular.  Your son will have time to read your letters and respond and you will find you can have more fluid conversations.  Use this time to motivate him.  Remind him he doesn't want to be home, he isn't missing anything, and he has a mission to complete.

6. We sent a couple of good marine books down to him that he enjoyed.  You can also get away with sending sections of the local paper and some other things that they can't receive in regular platoon training.

7. If he hasn't done so, have him look into the religious services.  My son went to church on Easter and xmas when he was home, but he went every weekend while at MRP and then continued that when he dropped into his final platoon.  He found that helpful.

Sorry for the long response, but keep the faith and keep pumping up your son. He has a mission to complete and he needs your help to accomplish it.  While it is not good, in a strange way, you are now a part of a process that you were just a spectator to prior to his injury.  Rise to the challenge and push your marine back into the training.

Good luck,


I'll have to put my wife, Ms. Hawkeye, on that one as I am not sure what the rules are, and am not sure I could execute it properly if I did.  But we have some good pics, including the one the SDI took when he was injured that he put on his "wall of pain".  He brought it with him to my son's Family Day ceremony so we could see it.  A great man molding recruits into men.


Hawkeye, pictures have to meet the guidelines (Click here for Guidelines). To learn how to submit them (Click here for adding photos). And don't have a major worry about posting a "wrong" photo. I am the media moderator and will look at the photos and approve them before they are available for everyone to see. I even edit some photos so they meet the guidelines.

And, if you make a mistake, my bark is worse than my bite!

hawkeye said:

I'll have to put my wife, Ms. Hawkeye, on that one as I am not sure what the rules are, and am not sure I could execute it properly if I did.  But we have some good pics, including the one the SDI took when he was injured that he put on his "wall of pain".  He brought it with him to my son's Family Day ceremony so we could see it.  A great man molding recruits into men.



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