We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I greatly enjoy the Marine Corp boot camp posts as we did yesterday, or any other of the US military boot camp Youtubes. "Customs and courtesies"? For sure. Some people do not seem to learn these at home.
I do understand that it is a form of rapid, rigorous education and job training but it is also man- (or woman-) building. I could have needed that, but my Dad was my DI in life. Tough SOB and never satisfied. Tough love all the way. That creates a love-hate thing, quite normal and good. Have to be tough and demanding to make a boy a man and a girl a woman. Even if they hate it, it's a life-long inner support system.
Should our high schools and higher ed instill more demands and discipline instead of more comforts and leisure pools? I think so. American ed could learn a lot from the USMC. American education pampers the kids with sensitivity and comforts, leaving them unready for tough demands of the real world and with little knowledge of the customs and courtesies of adulthood.
Is it too triggering? Few college profs have the satisfaction that those DIs have.
Having been through Boot Camp as a woman, I saw plenty of people 'crack' under the pressure. Could've been made up so that they could get out of the military, but some people are not stable enough for a 'boot camp' like atmosphere.
I think more men than women thrive under that kind of structure. Men seemed to want to live up to the expectation of their drill instructor and seemed to like being physically punished, while women (myself included) were more frightened of what a drill instructor might demand of them, so performed tasks in order to avoid punishment...along with a lot of tears!