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Old 04-17-2019, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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We had one hour each night to do the 3 S's, clean our rifle and maybe write a letter...that's it! The Sunday before graduation we had on base liberty for 3-4 hours. That was it for 72 days....well, technically 72+ days as there were some days of processing before the 72 training days started.
You had base liberty?!!! Man, the Corps must have really gone soft over the years. We had no such thing when I went through. No juice either. Milk or water. Not sure about coffee, as I didn't drink the stuff.
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Old 04-17-2019, 09:58 PM
 
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You had base liberty?!!! Man, the Corps must have really gone soft over the years. We had no such thing when I went through. No juice either. Milk or water. Not sure about coffee, as I didn't drink the stuff.
Only for a few hours the Sunday before Graduation.


I'm not really sure about the juice either...or coffee for that matter because I didn't drink either...




So, when did you go through?

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Old 04-17-2019, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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So, when did you go through?
I arrived at MCRD San Diego on 2 Feb 73 and graduated on 9 May 73.
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:13 PM
 
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I arrived at MCRD San Diego on 2 Feb 73 and graduated on 9 May 73.
I went through in the summer of '84....Yes, at that time we had a few hours of liberty the Sunday before Graduation.




I watched a show on Boot Camp now and it's completely diffferent. It seems they earn the title Marine a week or so before actual graduation.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Murrica
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Yeah, because it’s known fact that ice cream in basic makes you a failure in combat.
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Old 04-17-2019, 11:30 PM
 
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Yeah, because itís known fact that ice cream in basic makes you a failure in combat.
It's about discipline versus coddling.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Murrica
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It's about discipline versus coddling.
Hahahahahaha. You canít be disciplined if you have ice cream? Beyond ridiculous.
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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well, the bottom line for me is that both army soldiers and Marines are badass. (My brother used to be a picky eater, but after 8 years of being in the Marine Corps, he can eat everything and anything. lol He doesn't eat anything sweet though, yuck!)

I hope op got some answers and being a little flexible seems like a good attitude, i wish you all the best in life.

This said, I know I am just a civilian, but my brother taught me something like operational risk management. I used it when I have to make life-changing decisions. Basically, you complete the risk management worksheet (RMW) and generating laundry lists of hazards and controls.

Potential "risk factors" (hazards) for you would be loss of career, years of commitment, deployment. If you think you can handle it, then go for it. If this is something you cannot deal with, then look the other way. Nothing will be perfect, you sometimes have to sacrifice something to gain something.

best luck.

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Old 04-18-2019, 09:48 AM
 
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Hahahahahaha. You canít be disciplined if you have ice cream? Beyond ridiculous.
You clearly do not understand Marines!
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Old 04-18-2019, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Newport Beach, California
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Hahahahahaha. You can’t be disciplined if you have ice cream? Beyond ridiculous.
In all fairness, I don't think the poster meant to say that you cannot be disciplined if you have ice cream.

Don't mean to put words in his mouth, but I think he meant to say Marines put a lot of stock in bearing.
I am just a civilian, I think most Marines I personally know do have a lot of self control when they put on their uniform. When they are not in uniform, maybe they are just regular guys, but they do carry themselves, well, very differently. (certainly a positive thing.)

Plus, most of them don't look like a sloppy bag of smashed buttocks. Soldiers are awesome too, don't get me wrong.
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