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Old 03-24-2017, 10:39 AM
 
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Nothing like trash talking about the Marine Corps. I spent six years in the Corps and was honorably discharged. The Marine Corps provided me with a foundation on which to build a successful military career. I never felt that the Marine Corps wanted stupid people. There is no place in any branch for stupid people. The Marine Corps wants disciplined and motivated people. Not all people are a good fit for the Corps. Maybe you're one of those. I consider it an honor to have been a Marine and one thing I won't ever do is trash talk the Marine Corps.

That aside, I've swapped war stories about boot camp with a lot of Air Force and Air Guard guys and none had any stories that compared to my experience in Marine Corps boot camp.

What Erik said; could not agree more. As a former Marine and someone who currently works for the Marine Corps, I see (in great abundance) very smart and driven active duty, reserve and civilian personnel who are dedicated to their work and who are held to very high standards. There are of course the 10% or whatever number you want to use that are turds, but that IMO is present in just about every organization.

 
Old 03-24-2017, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Venus
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I went through BMT in the early '80s (during peace time). My TI told us what made our basic different from other branches was that we marched around with books while the other branches marched around with weapons.



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Old 03-24-2017, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I went through BMT in the early '80s (during peace time). My TI told us what made our basic different from other branches was that we marched around with books while the other branches marched around with weapons.



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How do you do close order drill with books? When you messed up, did your TI make you hold your books straight out, with arms fully extended? How much did your books weigh compared to an M-14?
 
Old 03-25-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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When I went through Marine Corps boot camp in 1970 I recall one exercise when we learned how to administer the choke hold. We paired up and choked each other out until unconsciousness. It was quite the sight to see when they came to, snot running out of their noses and legs shaking uncontrollably. I didn't know the other branches of the service did the same thing.
Army Basic in 1966 taught us a choke hold like that. Though we didn't use it to produce unconsciousness it was right on the edge. At least no flopping around with snot in any of the classes I was in.
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