"After just 11 days of basic training, former heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe bowed out of the Marines.
Bowe, who was granted' age, weight and dependent waivers so he could enlist, told his drill instructor and battalion commander that the regimen was too strict, that he missed his family and that he wished he'd enlisted when he was younger. Bowe, 29, had only gone through three days of physical training before he realized that he could not cut it at basic training in Parris Island, SC. A recruit can be asked to be dismissed at any time.
Bowe made a three-year commitment to the Marines as an active reserve (JET, Feb. 17). He was scheduled to stay at Parris Island for three months and was to serve a total of three years in the active reserve and then five years in the inactive reserve."