Dec 9, 2008

A psalm of David.

Bless the LORD, who is my rock. He gives me strength for war and skill for battle. He is my loving ally and my fortress, my tower of safety, my deliverer.

He stands before me as a shield, and I take refuge in him. He subdues the nations under me. O LORD, what are mortals that you should notice us, mere humans that you should care for us?

For we are like a breath of air; our days are like a passing shadow. Bend down the heavens, LORD, and come down.

Touch the mountains so they billow smoke. Release your lightning bolts and scatter your enemies! Release your arrows and confuse them!

Reach down from heaven and rescue me; deliver me from deep waters, from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie.

I will sing a new song to you, O God! I will sing your praises with a ten-stringed harp. For you grant victory to kings!

You are the one who rescued your servant David. Save me from the fatal sword! Rescue me from the power of my enemies.

Their mouths are full of lies; they swear to tell the truth, but they lie.

May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants.

May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.

May our farms be filled with crops of every kind.

May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.

May there be no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares.

Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the LORD.

Dec 8, 2008

This is WAR

To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it?

U.S. Marine Corps Drill Instructors are never to be referred to as 'Drill Sergeants' which is strictly an Army term in the American military; just in the same way as Marines should never be called "soldiers". The only acceptable address of a drill instructor by a recruit is "Sir" or "Ma'am."

In the U.S. Marine Corps, candidates for Drill Instructor (DI) are without exception volunteers. The tour of duty is three years and is widely regarded as one of the most intense, demanding, and important duties in the U.S. Armed Forces. Also, since the duty is referred to as "Making Marines", it often is one of the proudest moments of a Marines career because the responsibility is most directly involved with creating the future Marines of the Kingdom Corps.

The school requires instructor candidates to complete every task recruits are required to do. Training day typically begins around 4:00 a.m. (0400 in USMC military time) and ends around 7:30 p.m. (1930 hours), many times with specific training evaluations and end-of-day cleanups that require even longer days. At the end of each day, DI School students have to practice effective time management in studying for exams, practicing drill, rehearsing the teaching of drill movements verbatim, preparing uniforms, all while still making time for intense physical training(read 1Peter 4:12). The school lasts approximately three months with several classes running throughout the year.

Physical training "PT" as a unit is conducted at least three times a week, with each session lasting approximately two hours. Physical training also prepares recruits for the Marine Physical Fitness Test which consists of pull-ups, abdominal crunches, and a 3 mile run. Since a drill instructor is often required to spend up to 20 hours a day on his or her feet and to move fast at all times, various running sessions are conducted to enhance speed and endurance. Students are led by their squad instructors in ability group runs based on speed, gradually increasing distance and speed throughout the course.

Drill and discipline are crucial parts of the Drill Instructor School curriculum.Every student is continuously evaluated, corrected, and mentored, with special attention paid to even the smallest of details, such as the placement of a finger within 1/4 inch of its required location along a trouser seam, angle of the weapon, and positioning of the student in relation to the unit. Required knowledge is constantly taught and evaluated in the form of written exams, practical applications, and inspections. Uniforms are inspected continuously, with surprise inspections conducted randomly in addition to the scheduled inspections.

The drill instructor is expected to convey the best possible Marine Corps image to recruits and to America and to conduct his/herself to the highest Marine Corps leadership and integrity standards as well as to IMPART these standards to every recruit they train.

These new drill instructors bear the burden of responsibility for breaking down a recruits sense of self and selfishness, so that the more experienced drill instructors can focus the recruits on selflessness, obedience, and fraternity.

For their successful service, Marine drill instructors are awarded the Drill Instructor Ribbon, however, most former drill instructors are easily recognizable without it by their demeanor, performance, and leadership.

The Discipleship Instructor Creed of the Kingdom Corps is:

"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability.

I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Kingdom Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of Corps and country.

I will demand of them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standards of personal conduct, morality and professional skill."

Nothing less, Nothing more. JESUS