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Thomas Ricks author of Making the Corps gives a description about the United States Marine Corps basic military training The books main focal point is Platoon 3086 at Parris Island SC in 1995 Their story is about their eleven weeks boot camp training to become a full-fledged marine Mr Ricks writes about what separates the marines from American society he writes how the Marine Corps differ from other branches of the Unites States military as well as life after boot camp How the Marine Corps values show contempt to those of the American society The Marine Corps transforms young civilians into a life of values honor courage and commitment These values are instilled in each recruit as they go through the eleven weeks process of boot camp According to Marines these values are to the Corps and comes before self p 55 In American society we work to better ourselves first rather than as a whole Drill Instructors strip all your old values and Marine Corps values are formed There is no I I is gone p60 To be a marine you must shed all thinking as I and me and think as we and recruit In American society striving for independence is a goal for most people and instead of working as a group we tend to compete with each other to get what we want As a Marine you must think as a group learn how to move as a group and you are drilled until not a single action is left to individual improvisation p64 On Drill Sergeant states that a Marine will accept nothing less than the very best effort from you at all times p54 In American society if someone is having a bad day because of something we say dont worry about it youll do better tomorrow The Marine expects you to give 100 at all times p56 and to be completely
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