We (the Marines) have new packs now (whatever the latest MOLLE version is)... ones that are almost comfortable to wear and hike with. They're a dream compared to the ALICE and Gen1 MOLLE packs... padding all over your back, and padded waist-belt thingys... they're the pimps of the military hiking world. (Of course, if you're small and fragile, it doesn't matter what kind of pack you're using, it'll still be uncomfortable)
FMJ was depicting MARINE Boot Camp... not the canadian one, or the army, or the navy, or the united federation of special ballerina forces boot camp.... the MARINES. If you haven't been to SD or PI, then you shouldn't talk as one who knows anything about what goes on there.
When I went (almost two years ago...time flies), I was just an average recruit... and I was pushed, pulled, thrown backwards, slammed against walls, had sand kicked in my eyes, slapped with my own rifle.... all for the sake of training, and all by my drill instructors.
I wasn't punched until I hit MCT, by the way... on my birthday. hooray for that, eh?
But... would I actually testify against my Drill Instructors? Heck no... what goes on in the squadbay stays in the squadbay, as far as ratting people out goes. People have it worse, people have it better.... it's bootcamp. It's supposed to be hell on earth.
Also... as for people going crazy... We had fights (amongst ourselves) on a semi-regular basis. The week before I went to bootcamp, some kid jumped off the roof of the barracks, but didn't die. About three days before I arrived at MCT, some kid hung himself in the shower... People cry, people hide bullets from the range... everyone goes a little crazy. Five guys from my series tried jumping the wall (three made it to freedom).
...and again, unless you've been to the Island, or to the Depot.... don't talk about what it is or isn't.
have fun. If you go 03, go 0351... You get to play with explosives and guns, instead of just guns.
...you should have a two letter contract code, if you're active duty... please share what it is with us once you get it.
if you do more than perfect, you get a perfect score. there's no extra credit.
and no offense to any of you guys in the Army, like Redleg.... but...
I had to stop by an Army base a while ago... and wow. I never thought I'd see a guy in cammie bottoms, flip-flops, and a fleece try to get in a chow line, with his friend, a guy in boots, cammie bottoms, a civilian hoodie, and a civvy baseball cap (tilted to the side). Do they even have uniform regulations? If a Marine tried that, they'd get their Filter Dodge kicked.
This post has been edited by Teddy K: 18 November 2007 - 03:56 PM