Warren County educators meet their drill instructor for the week – WNKY EXCLUSIVE

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Wednesday marks day two of the Marine Educator Workshop where local teachers visit a Marine boot camp and learn about the service.

Wednesday was also the first day the educators encountered their drill instructor for the week.

A teaching assistant at Geo International High School, Lukas Willenborg, said his experience with a drill instructor brought the trip to life.

“We really got to experience the first few moments when recruits come to Parris Island. We got to stand on the yellow footprints. It was hard to describe. You really have to experience it, I guess,” said Willenborg.

A Marine recruit from Bowling Green High School, Katelyn Bradley, is set to graduate in a few weeks.

Bradley said her first day as a recruit was hectic.

“Everyone was really confused, everyone was yelling and you just had no idea what you were doing. Everything that you did was wrong. But, as you get through the phases, you learn what to do, so you just grow,” said Bradley.

She also said she has grown tremendously since that first day.

The educators walked throughout the base in formation and learned commands.

Willenborg says what he’s experiencing at the educator workshop has been eye opening.

Educators also got to hear the Parris Island band play, shoot weapons and meet local recruits.