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.....




I know that within this group of illness & injury "warriors" you will find the support and information that you need during your recruit's detour through boot camp.


It is hard to say exactly how long your son will be in MRP with the stress fractures since he has just arrived there, but he will receive the medical care and advice necessary to help him heal, strength and get back to a training company. Have you received a mailin address for MRP?  If not, please contact me & I can give you a generic address to use until you receive a specific one.


Please keep us posted.



Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator


Standing on Psalm 91:11



What your son expressed to you is very common when recruits first land in MRP.  When you write that first letter, strongly encourage him to hang with the positive recruits-- those who are working to get healthy, are staying focused and planning on getting back into a training company.  Remind him that Marines do not give up when faced with challenges; they find a way to adapt, overcome and move forward-- he can do this.


The DIs that are assigned to MRP are used to seeing recruits react the way that your son has, and yes, they have ways to "deal" with it, just as they have ways in the regular training companies.


I am sending you the address in a friend request-- be looking for it.



Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator


Standing on Psalm 91:11


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.



As others have stated, it is not unusual for a recruit to want to give up-- it happens in training, it happens in MRP.  The reality of what they hope to accomplish, the struggles, the intensity, the endurance it takes can, at times, be overwhelming.  Your #1 job is to encourage him to stay strong, to never give up, to join those who are positive and moving forward mentally, emotionally and physically.  Write, write, write!!  (I did send the address to both of your emails)



Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator


Standing on Psalm 91:11

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?


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