Some of you may know that I had some family bumps about a month back, well, I am glad to say that they all got sorted out. When I graduate high school I will join the Corps. I can't join now because I am home schooled and lack a high school diploma. I need Algebra 2 and Chemistry before I can graduate. I am freshman college level on every other subject. Kinda weird that I am going to high school to just get two classes. Anyways, I have made my decision to serve in the military like my father before me as he made the same decision to serve like his father before him. Right now I lack the diploma and physical ability to join, but all things change with time. Because I have been home schooled and I live in a sort of suburb I had nothing to challenge me physically. So I have started working out. In late January I could do 5 push ups, 40 crunches, run 1/2 a mile and curl 20 lbs and no chin ups. I can now do 20 push ups, 80 crunches, run 1 1/2 miles and curl 30 lbs and half a chin up. My goal is 150 push ups, 230 crunches, run 8 miles and curl 50 lbs and 12 chin ups. I have a year to do it. The saddest part is my friends really think I am starting to do good right now when I feel as if it is a disgrace. It is sad how physically unfit this nation is. lol, I was all pumped about joining last week and then I watched full metal jacket and realized that I looked a lil like Private Pile. Even a friend pointed that out. So it made me think a lil, but I am still not scared. I watched about 2 hours or so of footage showing drill instructors, then I got scared. Those dudes are the meanest sons of *****es I have ever seen. I thought my dad was bad at times but these guys make him look like a ***** cat. Just one quick question.... where do they get all of that air? Are their lungs bigger than normal peoples or something? Anyways, I came to realize that they are harsh so that you will learn, and learn well. I know a Marine that has recently served and I asked him what it is like. He said that it sucks to sit around in the middle of ****ing no where all of the time, but he met some nice people. I think he was a guard, like at a check point or something. He also said they have some crazy *** spiders over there. When I requested more information he said he didn't want to ruin the surprise. So I am curious about that. Anyways, is there anything else I should know? I want to be as mentally and physically prepared as possible.