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 was an Army 11b grunt in RVN in 1970-71. In both Basic and Infantry training it was very clear that the Drill Sergeants who spent their time screaming like the 2 morons in the pic were worse than useless. The good ones trained, trained, trained, without macho crap. They were the ones who saved lives in combat.
LOL! You must have had a pleasant boot camp experience then. I went back to MCRD a few years back and got to witness a graduation. The odd thing was they had pogie bait vendors just off the grinder which has shrunk since 1966. S/Sgt Hedrick, Sgt Mathis, and Cpl Brown thank you. We never made the squat thrusts count of a million, but sometimes it felt like we came close. S/F
As someone raised by a combat Marine I'd have to disagree. Marines aren't always the most pleasant people to be around, but between a Gunnery Sgt. and a random civilian I'd pick the gunney every time if it came to trusting them with someone I love. Marines are tough mean sonsabitches. But they're also the kindest, gentlest, most honorable Americans you'll ever meet. These "morons" are just preparing this recruit in the chance he becomes a Marine and is thrown into combat one day.
May God bless the USMC. It's this republic's finest institution.
I’m sure I over-reacted somewhat but that picture brought out memories. In my Infantry training Company (E2-3) at Ft Polk in Spring 1970 the DS’s knew we were ALL going to Nam and that probably 10-12 % would die.Those who spent their time screaming in our faces were looked on with contempt by the others who concentrated on useful training.The way you survive close quarters combat is by knowing your weapons and your tactics. Even then, it’s a crap shoot. Standard at attention while somebody screams adds nothing to your odds.
PS. I would also sooner trust the Gunny.
Not much has changed since I was at Parris Island. The training at boot camp is almost like it was when I was there.
I'm 82 now and I still remember my Drill Instructor's names.
SSgt Thad Laird. SSgt Peteronzio and Sgt Latham.
Being a distance runner in high school the physical training wasn't very hard. But the mental... well, it made me the person I am today.
So many Marine friends that I have been in touch with over the years have passed away.
I served with Marines that had been in combat in WWII and Korea.
Since I was in between wars I have often wondered how I would have fared in combat.
Sgt. Monty Goolsby B/1/6 2MarDiv
Semper Fi! y'all.
In '91 during a battle in the Gulf War I felt panic rising up in my body, thought I wouldn't keep my composure, then...
Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. McKnight's voice came on in my head - told me to get my head out of my ass, other Marines are counting on me.. the panic evaporated and I immediately knew I'd do my job just fine even if it cost me my life.
There are several problems with the Marines. The first is that they are now allowing women to become combat troops. Only communist organizations do that. The second is that there are plenty of guys who would join the Marines for a much lower salary than what Marines get paid. In fact, there are thousands of men who would join the Marines for free. And then there's the question of performance. Everybody says that the Marines are better in combat than regular troops. OK, but where is the proof? I've never seen a catalog of Marine engagements which were superior to regular combat troop engagements. So I think the claim that the Marines add some kind of superior value is exaggerated. We are never allowed to take a look at the cost of the Marines, and then do a cost/benefit analysis. If you ask any questions at all, the Marines accuse you of being a "snowflake" or a "traitor" or a "civilian". I think that the Marines are stealing a lot of money, but even thinking that is a crime. The Marines have one special skill: Insulting and threatening people.
"Marines lend an air of dignity to what would otherwise be an ordinary brawl". I graduated from Parris Island, Sept 23, 1962, Plt 151, but Parris Island has never left me in the 58 years since. All who offer up their life in a simple hand raising vow, deserve our appreciation no matter the service.