Cutting Edge Opinionated Commentary
Early on, as the two goofballs began recruit training, the drill sergeant sat everyone down so that they could get to know one another. Each shared something of their personal life. My favorite was Francis, of course, who the drill sergeant admonished, “Lighten up, Francis.” This was funny to me for several reasons. First, it reflected the idiotic attitudes foisted upon the American military by psychologically imbalanced human affairs bozos of the 1970s; people who wanted to take a killing machine and transform it into a gentle, moderated organization. They wanted to achieve racial and gender harmony through social engineering. This isn’t what actually happened, however. If anything, it spawned serious racially motivated incidents and had a demoralizing effect on our front line troops.The other thing I found comical is that only someone with a death wish would ever think of addressing his Marine Corps drill instructor on such a personal basis. It didn’t happen when I went to boot camp, it doesn’t happen now, either. Still, funny movie.
//...only someone with a death wish would ever think of addressing his Marine Corps drill instructor on such a personal basis.//1. I can only say that MY drill instructors were not happy men. 2. Addressing any of them as "Sarge" was never an option. 3. Some tried.4. It wasn't fun for them.The DIs all fought in Vietnam and had chests full of medals, guess who won the arguments in my boot camp?But your assessment of the overall process of deterioration is quite accurate.
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