My Opinion

Just my opinion: I have know idea if boot camp is harder today or fifty+ years ago. I think everything is relative to the times. I do believe that the marine’s of today are better trained than we were. The one big difference is, we did not have to deal with the PC Police watching and listening to everything we do or say, or diversity training. What a crock. And they wonder why moral and military discipline is at an all time low. I blame the past administration.

My grand-son is in the Army ( 8yrs; S/Sgt. ) I am extremely proud of him. When he deployed to Afghanistan it scared the crap out of his grandmother and me. He came home safe and sound, not a scratch. Our prayers were answered. We would set and talk about his deployment, he told me some stories that made me mad as hell. It had to do with the “ Rules of Engagement “. While on patrol with his unit ( on many occasions ), they would come under fire from insurgents. If the insurgents had the upper hand they would stand and fight. But if that changed, what did they do? Throw down their weapons and raise their hands over their heads and surrender. Now it really gets worse. They must arrest them and read them there rights. Then turn them over to Intelligence. ( thats a contradiction in terms ) To be questioned. After they are questioned, guess what is done? Turned loose to go back into the fight. Now what moron came up with that load of crap? I can only hope with the election of the new Commander in Chief and the appointment of Gen. Mattis as Sec. Of Defense this will all change.

This is just my opinion, and opinions are like noeses, everybody has one.

Chuck Wilson
1958 – 1962
MCRD Plt. 1019

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  • Victor G Peary – Cpl E-4, 1820936. 1958- ’62. MCRD, Parris Island

    In reply to Pete Perez.
    I agree with you, Chuck. My tour was also 1958 – ’62. MCRD, Parris Island Platoon 304. I agree with what you said about Marines being in better shape and their hands are tied with the way the war is now. In ’58 we did not have the Crucible. I can see where that would teach “Teamwork”. In any event, I’m proud to have served during peacetime, although I was involved in “The Bay of Pigs”. USS Boxer and on to Vieques. Great time on that Island. Semper Fi to all my brothers in the Corps. Victor G Peary, Cpl E-4, Comm. Support Co., 2nd FSR, FMF Camp Lejeune, NC.

  • Jrrry lopez

    In reply to D. Jerry McKeon.
    That’s why they say. You went through p.i. your a shitbird from yammesy. LOL. Worse for you is having McKeon for your name in boot camp – llordy lordy how the d. I. Must have lived you. Semper fi. Jerry Lopez plt 186 MCRD Hollywood.


    Chuck a much as it pains anybody and everybody the new administration is not going to change that and Mattis will tweak but won’t change the rules but I do believe the rules weren’t as lax as your son says I talked to quite a few who came back and their stories were different than what I read, like u said “my humble thoughts only”

  • Harry

    In reply to keith markovitch.

  • Dan Corum

    I went through boot camp in 1963. It seems there is always some Marines that have the impression that Marine boot camp has gotten soft. IT CERTAINLY WASN’T IN 63. I think boot camp will always be tough-that’s what make Marines. DI’s always seem to find a way, no matter what the brass want. They can certainly do it without thump call or the salty language but these do add a certain flavor to the boot camp recollections. Hopefully, now that we have a defense secretary with a pair, there will be no softening of boot camp.

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