Check out you tube for videos that show you a MARINES 1st day. Or MARINES 1st week, it will show you a small idea of what waits for you! I SAY GO FOR IT! best thing my son ever did with his life! And mom and dad will be VERY PROUD of you! U learn a trade,besides killing,it's a great place to get the schooling to support your future family,you get to do and see things most people never get a chance to do! Let me know how that goes,I'l be looking for your report soon.one other thing about basic,you don't get to keep your phone with you,but after u graduate,u get your phone back,then u can call everybody u know to brag about the adventure u are about to take on! GOOD LUCK,and be the best MARINE U CAN!