My cousin Brandon is at boot camp for the US Marine Corps on Parris Island (the same place, incidentally, that our grandfather who was a marine in WWI did his boot camp). He's a really great 18 year old kid, just graduated from highschool in Pittsburgh and signed up, following in a family tradition that now also includes his brother Luke, who is currently serving in Iraq.
My mom (his aunt) got this letter from him which I think is fucking hilarious. The image attached is merely so everyone can enjoy the stationary that marines are provided with at Parris Island. The letter reads (in part) as follows:
Boot camp is alright we are almost done with phase 1 we have 2 days left then it's supposed to fly by. Boot camp has gone fast up until now but we have all kinds of tests so I guess that's why it slowed down a bit. My DI's are pretty cool but can be dicks sometimes. I got real sick in the beginning but I've almost completely recovered. The workouts are easy except that I have bronchitis. nothing important is going on except that I have to take the knowledge test tomorrow and the repel tower then initial drill on tuesday. I can't wait til wedenesday then i'll be in phase 2. I'm a little nervous about repel tower cause it's 50 ft tall. We don't have to do the gas chamber cause there was a breakout of some virus that put 1st battalion almost in quarantine, but I'd rather do that than repel tower."