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The Survivor format leaves me cold Bring together a bunch of people I dont care about and subject them to physical jeopardy to see which of them makes it to the big bucks and there gone And even though this is also the format for Foxs Boot Camp a show in which a handful of everyday folks compete in military style basic training Ive watched it with interest because one of the top experiences of my life was going through and getting through boot camp Foxs version is run by real Marine Corps drill instructors DIs like I had when I went through the Marine Corps Recruit Training about nine years ago And the show is filmed on a real unnamed military base but I think I recognize it from an engineering school I attended later on So how accurate is it Well there are some things that are definitely wrong For one thing the uniforms and gear the recruits get right away are way too cool Instead of camouflage utilities and matching garrison hats we spent the first 10 days in unbelievably hot buttoned-up-to-the-throat-at-all-times gray sweat shirt fatigues called poopy suits and ludicrous camouflage cover that were always flying off leaving us in danger of being gigged for being out of uniform And Foxs recruits frequently look too clean We went those first 3 days without a shower We smelled so bad that the windows instantly fogged up in any room we entered and the chaplain cut his first meeting with us short because he couldnt take it anymore Some of Boot Camps flubs do make for better TV The recruits talk to each other at chow and even do some table-hopping that doesnt happen for many weeks in real basic training but then forcing the TV recruits to sit in silence at meals would be a bit dull For much of basic training despite your unprecedented calorie needs
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