Friday, August 24, 2007

Ahhhhh, The Memories

This is just a sample of what a recruit endures several times a day, nearly every day, for three months in United States Marine Corps Boot Camp. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life and some of my most cherished memories (although not necessarily at the time). So many of these soft, pansy asses and wannabe bad-ass kids today really need this kind of treatment.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My oldest son was just 18 when he joined the Marines.

We were having "growing up" problems.

The Marines made him "grow up"--the best thing he could have done at his age.

2:06 AM GMT+12  
Blogger BobF said...

At Gitmo and Abu Ghraib that would consider that torture. Amnesty international, the ACLU, and every Democrat in congress would be calling for heads.

You hated that at the moment but now you realize it made you the man that you are today. It's amazing how you remember the teacher in school is the one who was the hardest on you but made the biggest positive impact in your life.

Proverbs 27:17 -- Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

The stronger your friends are, the stronger you'll be.

2:16 AM GMT+12  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I didn't understand what was going on in the second video.

1:53 PM GMT+12  
Blogger Joe Ramen said...

It's hard to tell, Lisa. I couldn't see what the recruit was doing just prior to the first DI entering the squad bay. He could have been doing nothing wrong at all. He appeared to be standing "fire watch" which is supposed to train recruits how to stand a post. I think the DI's just wanted to harrass him to see if he would break under the stress, which is most of what boot camp is about. They stress you physically, mentally, and emotionally. If you can't handle that, then you most likely will not fare well in combat. The DIs will often "stress" you even when you haven't done anything wrong and do everything right. It's all a mind game, but it works.

2:44 PM GMT+12  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Thanks Joe.

I've got to hand it to you. I would probably never last in that environment.

10:56 PM GMT+12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe, I was in the Navy and went thru boot in San Diego. Oh man did I get a tiny fraction of a fraction of what Marine boot camp was. And I have to confess tho I hate the idea, I think I was lucky to be in the Navy.

While we were pounding the grinder carrying dummy pieces on our shoulders and getting very sore and very hot and very tired, we came to the place where our boot camps sort of came together. That is, the camps were seperated by a small wire mesh fence and us and Marines could see each other for just a short bit of space. BUT ... where we were marching back and forth on asphalt and sweating, hearing shouting I looked to one side and there were these guys carrying full field packs, and god alone knows what they may have weighed, not marching but double timing. And they were doing it in ankle deep sand! Ever try running thru deep sand? Oh man, when I saw what those guys were going thru I never found anything, ever, to complain about with Navy boot.
I'd always admired Marines cause I knew they were (I was taught) the meanest,tuffest there was. And I believe it. My respect for our Marine Corps has never faded. And I got more examples of Marine superiority aboard ship as well.
USS Columbus, CG12.


4:43 AM GMT+12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My son realates well to the first half of the movie FULL METAL JACKET.....Marine boot camp.

7:45 AM GMT+12  

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