In the debate over which Marine boot camp is tougher, Parris Island in South Carolina or San Diego, recruits from each side have their own perspectives. The commonalities include a 13-week journey filled with hardships, such as the Crucible, a grueling 54-hour field event. San Diego recruits are sometimes referred to as “Hollywood Marines,” but depictions of boot camp often focus on Parris Island. The Crucible’s challenges are similar at both locations, with San Diego recruits facing a 700-foot hill known as “the Reaper.” Weather differences and environmental factors also contribute to the debate, with sand fleas and high humidity at Parris Island and rugged terrain in San Diego adding their unique challenges. Ultimately, both boot camps aim to train Marines effectively, albeit in different ways.