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11 things screaming drill sergeants are actually thinking

In spite of their manner, most drill sergeants (and drill instructors, and training instructors, etc.) don't actually hate troops.


It's all part of teaching recruits how to survive in the military. So, if they're not blacked out on hate when yelling at trainees, what are training NCOs actually thinking about?

11. The most ridiculous stuff they could make you do.

Original photo: US Army David Dismukes

10. How bad they smell.

Original photo: US Marine Corps Sgt. Reece Lodder

9. ...or how stupid they are much work they still need.

Original photo: US Army Staff Sgt. Michael Oliver

8. Maybe they're thinking about doctrinal changes, like having to teach Coast Guardsmen the "Guardian's Creed."

Original photo: US Coast Guard Tom Sperduto

7. Drill sergeants count down to the end of basic training too, but theyir countdowns go for years.

Original photo: US Army

6. It's hard to deal with new seamen without a warm cup o' joe.

Original photo: US Navy Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres

5. It's even worse for instructors' training officers.

Original photo: Minnesota National Guard

4. They may not be angry at recruits, but they're still looking for excuses to yell. Nothing a recruit can do will save them.

Original photo: US Marine Corps

3. Sometimes, the instructor is getting over a hangover. Recruits shouldn't yell their responses during this period.

Original photo: US Marine Corps Sgt. Reece Lodder

2. Often, they're just tired of seeing your despair.

Original photo: US Army Sgt. Javier Amador

1. They want to break up their boredom, maybe by giving the unit impossible or confusing drill commands.

Original photo: US Air force Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo

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