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This is criminally long. It will probably leave no space on the internet for anything else. It was published in the magazine of 陆军时报 in 1979. It describes a Parris Island that no longer exists. In fact it describes a world that no longer exists. The thought of some effeminate Snowflake telling a Marine DI that he needed a Safe Space so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, poor darling–well, it just charms me. He would develop a whole new understanding of “uncomfortable.”

Anyway, the piece will resonate with a few Marine old-timers now long in the tooth. Semper fi.

新兵训练营。 通往军事生活的打哈欠之门,一次奇妙而又令人恐惧的冒险之旅,一生说谎的源头,每次公牛比赛都变得越来越糟。 没有人会忘记启动。 用一瓶杜松子酒将两个地理标志放在一起,谈论过去,而迟早的谈话将变成关于启动的故事,其中一些是真实的。

不过不多。 大多数故事以事实为基础是可以的,但更好的靴子回忆只有对真相的点头认识。 事实抑制了灵活性。 他们僵化了。

但引导不仅仅是高大上的故事。 这是美国生活的一部分。 我们谈论成为一个和平的国家,但通常我们有几百万男女武装,而且经常发生战争。 很大一部分美国人花时间在军队中。 他们塑造了它,它也塑造了他们。

A particular aspect of the national character appears in the organized anarchy of military life. Literature finds the military a feast — Catch 22, M*A*S*H, A Farewell To Arms, Dispatches, and all the rest.

引导是一个网关。 就我所记得,这是每个人都记得的,这是最基本的,就像我在今年早些时候所看到的那样。 男孩的人生第一品味。
Next to finding a Portuguese man-of-war in the bathtub, the worst thing that could happen to a kid of 20 in 1968 was getting to Parris Island at a grainy-eyed two in the morning, flat exhausted, and meeting a drill instructor. Everyone’s heard the tales. DIs will pull your fingernails off one by one, make you run until your knees corrode, bury you to the neck in sand and leave you for the mosquitoes.

当公共汽车驶入南卡罗来纳州的沼泽低地和帕里斯岛的标志出现时,这一切都变得合理了。 而且没有……出路。

I arrived on a chartered Greyhound crowded with Richmond boys who suddenly suspected that they weren’t a Few Good Men. It was a raw deal all around–cottony taste in the mouth, somebody else sure to get the girl back home, bus reeking of stale sweat and beginning fear, no thought yet about dying in Asia, just a sort of uh-oh feeling.

司机在门口接了一个中士,让他搭便车。 “你想在踩踏事件前下车吗?” 司机问。 踩踏? 真是不祥。

On that loneliest morning I’ll ever see, my introduction to the Marines–the Green Team, the Crotch, Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children–was a little man 32 feet wide and about as high as my chin. He had killed Smokey the Bear and stolen his hat. He had a voice like Krakatoa in full eruption, and his name was Staff Sergeant Bull Walrus. At least I think it was.

他像地狱中更凶恶的恶魔一样冲进车头灯,气得发抖。

GiddawfadatgawdambusNOW!” he bellowed, blowing several windows out of the bus–I swear it, three windows fell out–by which we understood his desire that we disembark. We did so in sheer terror, trampling one another and no longer worried about our girls. To hell with our girls. Bull Walrus was clearly about to tear out throats out with his bare teeth, that was the important thing.

我们在那里,几个人,一个骄傲的人,深深地震惊,脚踩在人行道上这些愚蠢的金色脚步上。 向前移动一英寸,海象尖叫,他将做难以言喻的事情,此后我们的女孩将不再想要我们。 我认为他们白天将海象留在地牢中,而只是让他在夜间折磨新兵。

我们感到疲惫不堪,疲惫不堪,头脑中充斥着肾上腺素,海象正在检查我们的手提箱以取走玻璃物品。 因此,我们不会与他们自杀。

我想象自己用干旱瓶撕裂我的颈动脉。 突然,他出现在我面前。 我撒了谎。 他不是 32 英尺宽。 他有40英尺宽。 他的手臂像水蟒一样,头部被螺栓固定。

He also is confiscating porn books, to protect our morals and read later. He reaches for a book in my suitcase and glares at me with eyes of tin and death. I realize, with calm that still surprises me, that he is going to murder me. The book is 中世纪建筑.

A recruit, a drill instructor told me much later, after I had been reincarnated as a journalist, “is the funniest goddam animal alive. He’s gotta be. You get these kids, some of them are street kids from the city, some of them farm kids, and these suburban kids who just don’t know nothing–every kind of kid.

“And dumb? Jeez they’re dumb. And they’ve got about three months to adjust to a complicated life they’ve got no experience with. They’ve got to learn how to think Marine Corps. Military thinking isn’t like civilian thinking.

“Half of ’em don’t even know how rifle sights work. Like this friend of mine is teaching a class about the M-60 machine gun, and he’s telling them its rate of fire, it’s gas-operated, and this skinny recruit says, ‘But where’s the gas tank?’”

“天哪,他们是愚蠢的。”

Sergeant Sly is a man with a sense of humor. He’s black, strac, and cocky — the DI cockiness that says there’s nothing on God’s green earth better than the Green Team, and I’m the coolest thing in the Marines, and, Prive, you gotta sweat to be as good as me. All DIs are like that, all the good ones anyway. Sly is a good one.

Sly runs recruits along the hot, dusty weapons ranges of Camp Lejeune — hot and dusty in summer, anyway. He tries to keep his recruits from getting hurt.

“好吧,”他站在排汗的公用设施中告诉一个排。 在炎热的阳光下,没有什么比招募者感到沮丧的了。 “在野外时,您必须采取某些预防措施来防范野生动植物。 我不必告诉你其中的一些。 不要喂蛇,或尝试捡起它们,因为它们很漂亮。

“I’m talking about the other wildlife. Most of it’s harmless, but one kind is bad news–what people down here call the Wampus cat. It’s related to the bobcat and it’s not too big, ’bout like a cocker spaniel, but you don’t want to make one think he’s cornered.”

又一个下午在勒琼。 新兵听,几乎没有。

A few scenes are so close to boot camp that they deserve inclusion here, embodying as they do terrors near to those of boot. A massive grinder at Camp Pendleton, California. A private, fresh out of training and spending a week on maintenance duty before his school begins, has been sent to pick up toilet paper for the barracks. Battalion issue has no box in which to carry it. He ponders, has an idea, sticks a dozen rolls on a mop handle, puts it over his shoulder like a rifle.

一个上校的鸟在拐角处。 海军陆战队对真正的军队来说已经足够陌生了,军官们吓坏了他。 恐慌罢工。 他犹豫了一下,在反射或一些埋葬的愿望的驱使下,向步枪致敬。 上校的下巴掉落了。 他的帽子在蒸汽柱上缓缓升起。

你学。 只需要一段时间。

新兵训练营 is a very quick education in the ways of the world–of many worlds. For a weird collection of people, the average training platoon beats midnight in a New York City bus station.

In my platoon we had a Mexican kid named Rodriguez who couldn’t speak English, a black kid who said he was Bill Cosby’s nephew, three college students–one of them a physical chemistry major, one a tiny blond guy who couldn’t have been more than 11 years old–and a bunch of judicial draftees. (“I’m gonna give you a choice, son,” says the judge. “Four in the slammer or two in the Marines.” It’s supposed to be illegal. So are a lot of things.)

这些司法起草人中有许多是田纳西州的窃贼。 自由企业似乎在这些部分得到了广泛的解释,通常在午夜之后开始。

One of them was named Mulvaney. He had been caught in a second floor bedroom collecting someone else’s silverware. He preferred the Marines to the slammer, not necessarily a wise choice in those days. I later heard he got killed outside of Danang.

无论如何,Mulvaney 的体型就像后期节目中的火星机器人之一,手臂像原木一样,还有进攻型边锋的腿,他有灰色的眼睛和漫长而缓慢的微笑,这意味着他将在 20 个地方打断你的腿. 他并不容易生气,但他生气时却很壮观。

对于一个习惯于理性解决争执的大学生来说,Mulvaney是一个启示。 他不在乎是非。 他要么喜欢你,要么试图杀死你。

One night Mulvaney was standing fire watch in the latrine–the Marine Corps thinks they are flammable–and he somehow got into a fight with Rodriguez. A Mexican kid from Brownsville is not the best choice to throw hands with. We could hear it all down the squad bay — terrific thumps with a splattering sound like a sack full of hog kidneys hitting a tile wall, and not a word. Neither wanted to waste energy talking. It was one of those extended fights engaged in by men who simply like fighting.

第二天早上,甲板上到处都是头发、牙齿和眼球,还有足够多的血迹,你会以为他们在屠宰猪。 两名战斗人员看起来像是在与一辆水泥车的讨论中输了。 Mulvaney 的左眼看起来像一个用血煎过的鸡蛋,而 Rodriguez 的鼻子和我记忆中的不太一样。

“你呕吐一直在做什么?” 咆哮着操练教练。 Pukes是他们有史以来给我们打电话的最好的东西。 他真的没生气。 战斗是一种罪过,但没有奔跑时那样糟糕。

“走进门,先生,”穆尔瓦尼说,严肃得要命。

“先生?” 罗德里格斯说,看上去很困惑。 当他被问到不便的问题时,他的英语水平下降了。

几个小时以来,Mulvaney和Rodriguez整装地砸在磨豆机上,手牵着手大喊:“我爱Mulvaney胜过戳我的女朋友。” 当他们结束时,我敢打赌他们做到了。 这是一种正义。

McCoy was the saddest thing I ever saw. McCoy was very tall with a long, sad face. He was disturbingly thin — your impulse on meeting him was to feed him — and beet-brown from heaven-knows-how-many-weeks in strength-building platoons.

McCoy didn’t have any muscles to enlarge. If he had any coordination, you didn’t notice it. His voice was soft and feminine and he was funny looking, a bad thing at boot. He reminded me of a clerk from a Dickens novel.

在研磨机上,他像杂草一样粘在所有人之上,并且总是步调蹒跚。 他被他的脚绊倒并跌倒在其他人身上。 麦考伊努力做俯卧撑,直到眼泪从他的脸颊上流下来,但他做不到。 他的背部折叠到腹部接触地面,当他进入“向下”位置时,他无法将自己推起来。

DI希望摆脱McCoy。 他们说,他不属于军团。 他们为他提供了医疗出院和一般出院,一次又一次地让他退缩,但麦科伊不会辞职。

后来我们得知麦考伊的哥哥走过了帕里斯岛(Parris Island),成为了历史上最超级的私密侦探。 麦考伊想结束让他的兄弟感到骄傲。 他从来没有做过太多事情,他想表明他也可以做​​到。 麻烦的是,他的胆量足以容纳五名海军陆战队士兵,但尸体却只有一名士兵的三分之一。

DI欺负了他,将他驱逐出境。 他们是务实的人,他们知道他会在亚洲死亡,可能同时杀死了其他几人。 他们毫不留情地给他戴上徽章,使他站在桌子上并为排吼。 他站在那位被排包围的刺刀教练的桌子上,DI会折磨他。

“吼,麦考伊。”

麦科伊无法怒吼。 瘦弱的chest吟从他瘦弱的胸膛传来。

“大声,麦科伊! 让我们听听海军陆战队的轰鸣!”

“呃……嗯……嗯……”

“大声!”

“锻炼肌肉,麦考伊。”

麦考伊比以往任何时候都更悲伤,他会绷紧他的肌肉让所有人看到,什么也不会发生。 但他不会放弃,因为他要成为一名海军陆战队员,让他的兄弟感到自豪。

I forget how they finally got rid of him. If there is any possible way to do something wrong, a recruit will find it.

the ambidextrous kid at the grenade range at Lejeune. The idea was to stand between two walls of sandbags and throw the grenade over a high parapet. He pulled the pin and rared back to throw. Then he stopped. You could see the puzzlement in his face. No, that hand didn’t feel right. He casually tossed the thing in the air, caught it in the other hand, and threw it. By the time it exploded, the instructor was in the next county and accelerating.

我记得 lying in lovely cold muck behind a log at Lejeune, firing at enemy oil barrels a few hundred yards away. It was one of those weird situations that occur regularly in the military.

冷雨顺着我的头盔顺着毛毛细雨顺着我的脊椎滑下,我的头盔滑落到我的眼睛上,我正在和一堆极其危险的桶进行交火。 这把步枪是一把破旧的 M-1,可能是拿破仑战争遗留下来的,使用只是因为政府有几千亿发子弹。

The trigger mechanism is broken. Every time I fire it, the damned thing falls out and hangs down like a wounded clock. I slap it back. Bang, slap, bang, slap. Every fourth round, the clip pops out of the top of the rifle–spoing–and lands on my helmet.

砰,啪,啪,啪,啪,调整头盔。 砰,一巴掌。 我开始看到这可能是一场漫长的战争。

A recruit was standing on a roof at Parris Island in the burning sun at parade rest. His DI had put him there to work on the roof and somehow had forgotten him. A passing sergeant noticed, stared curiously for a second, and bellowed, “Git down from there, prive.”

私人没有动。

“天哪,快来这儿,”教练大叫,没有被忽略。

没有什么。 私人看上去很不高兴,但并没有抽搐。

另一个DI来了,大喊大叫,但是没有招募新兵。 他绝望地注视着前方,要么充耳不闻,要么被阳光疯狂。 在人行道上形成了一个小组,包括一名准尉,一名中尉以及最后一个路过的轻型上校。

上校取消了他最清脆的命令。 私人盯着前方。 人群交涉,决定他们手上有精神病,并准备派遣一辆越野车和一些大军团进行斗争。 然后,私人的DI返回。

“贾沃斯基,十间小屋! 从那里把屁股砸下来。”

贾沃斯基(Jaworski)下山了。 从游行休息中,您看到,唯一可以接受的顺序是“注意”。 武器手册上是这样说的。

“您知道了,”一位操练教练对我解释说,“一个应聘者在一个他根本不了解的地方,对他来说什么都行不通。 回到家,他知道规则。 也许他是个大家伙,成功了。 不在这里。 每个人都对他大喊大叫,他永远做不对。

“So he figures he’ll do exactly what he’s told. It’s his way of protecting himself. If something goes wrong, he thinks at least it’s not his fault. This is what a drill instructor’s got to learn — nothing’s too crazy for a recruit to do if he thinks it’s what you told him. And you really got to think about it. Otherwise you can get him hurt.

“有一次在冬天,我的一个朋友 Grunderling 中士在某栋楼值班,他想去泄密。 所以他告诉这个和他在一起的新兵,'我要出去一分钟。 不要让不知道密码的人进入。 你明白了吗?

“新兵说,'是的,先生,'所以 Grunderling 松了口气,意识到他不记得密码了。 于是他喊道,‘Minter,开门。”

“密码是什么?”

“我忘了。 开门。”

“我不能那样做,先生。 先生,你告诉我不要让任何不提供密码的人进入。”

“该死的Minter,现在我让你开门。”

“'不,先生,我不能那样做。”

“冬天,这里很冷。”

“不,先生,我不能那样做。”

“到现在为止,格林德林几乎已经僵住了,非常生气,他看不到直线,但是他看到威胁不会帮助他。

“拜托,敏特,让我进去。我不会对你大喊。 我不会对你做任何事。”

“噢,你想欺骗我。”

“不,敏特,老实,我不是想骗你。 打开门。

“你会对我大吼大叫,不是吗,先生?”

“不,敏特,我保证。”

最终,老明特打开了门,而格兰德林几乎杀死了他。 但是他应该已经预料到了。 新兵会按照您告诉他的方式去做。”

“You probably won’t see a Wampus cat,” Sergeant Sly continues, “but if you do, remember he’s fast. A cat isn’t built for endurance like a dog is, but he’s lightning in a dash. Don’t think you’re gonna tease a Wampus and run away when it starts spittin’ and howlin’.

“They’re not that fast — I mean, a Wampus cat can’t keep up with a cheetah or anything, but they’ve been clocked at 50. It takes a damn good shot to hit anything at that speed.”

A September day in a clearing at Camp Lejeune. Our company of trainees sits in weathered bleachers, scratching and, after three months of training, feeling as salty as three bosun’s mates.

一位带有格鲁吉亚口音的天鹅绒中士正在教我们如何养护和喂养白磷手榴弹,也就是威利·彼得(和其他一些不适合家庭杂志使用的东西)。

威利·彼得(Willy Peter)是一种令人不快的武器,它向周围投掷白色磷,这种讨厌的物质会粘在你身上并燃烧。

He holds the lethal cylinder in his hand, tells us what horrible things it can do to Luke the Gook–who was then the hated enemy–and announces that he will trot into the field and demonstrate.

只要我们可以坐在阳光下放松一下,对我们来说就很好。 当他走进草地时,我们饶有兴趣地看着。

For days we’d been watching weapons specialists trot into Lejeune’s clearings, and something spectacular always happened. Something blew up or went bang or made colored smoke.

因此,中士在威利·彼得(Willy Peter)做东西的时候应该躲在他应该躲藏的小钢棚旁边。 他把这个令人难以置信的恶性手榴弹扔到了野外,躲进了钢棚里。

Two seconds later he streaks out at roughly Mach Four, like Tony Green on a punt return. He has the unmistakable gait of a man who is flat terrified. About that time Willy Peter goes whoomp! and the air around the sergeant is filled with long smoky trails of flaming phosphorous. He streaks on as if he took showers in the stuff, ignoring it, a mountain on the move in blind fright.

不知何故,所有抽烟的痛苦都想念他,他大步向我们喘着粗气。

“神殿的黄蜂。”

Training has changed. Ten years ago, reveille at Parris Island meant a GI-can lid sailing down the squad bay at oh-dark-30. The lights would come on suddenly and 10 seconds later a hundred recruits would be standing at attention in their underwear, half-conscious and miserable.

现在,GI罐盖不见了。 培训的压力也很大。

“发生了什么事,一个孩子的母亲听说了这件事,并写信给她的国会议员。 他走了下来,说,哦,亲爱的,这不是很糟糕,如果他们打中那个盖子的人该怎么办。 因此,他们使我们制止了这一点。

“有一次,一名新兵死于中暑,将他的第一期杂志带到了军营,所以每个人的母亲都开始写她的国会议员的信。 现在,我们要用牛车运送新兵了。

“地狱,如果没有人受伤,就无法使数千人接受军事训练。 这是不可能的。 如果他们不努力训练,他们将在战斗中丧生。 他们应该首先射击让那个孩子在这里的医生。 国会并没有对培训发表任何评论。

“你知道吗? 新兵希望培训是粗糙的。 这就是为什么他们加入-努力去做。”

帕里斯岛 can make a Marine out of almost anything with a detectable heartbeat. What a kid wants most at Parris Island is out, and the quickest way out is to behave. Most kids have a well-developed sense of self-preservation and see the wisdom of obedience. A few are hopeless.

我记得一个来自贫民窟的名叫古迪(Gurdy)的高个子,被水吓坏了。 他头上有一个很小的母球,像响尾蛇一样将其保持在一侧。 被困动物的表情对他有一种刻薄,谨慎的蔑视。 古迪在社会外部生活了很多,以至于他没有意识到你曾经做过任何事情。

如果可以的话,我们在游泳池旁排队进行游泳测试。 我认为您必须尽我们最大的努力才能畅游。 古迪站在那儿,眼神荒诞而陌生,他的头向一侧倾斜,而另一侧则翻了个白眼。 他什么都没说。

我们其他人正在经历新兵训练营,但是古迪不知道他正在经历什么。 我猜他以为我们要让他走木板。 他不在芝加哥某个偏僻的物业管理体系之内,甚至超出了军方的处理能力。

We could see him getting crazier and crazier as the line got shorter. Tension was building up in him like a head of steam. Finally he broke and ran like a jack rabbit — just shot out the door and kept going.

上帝知道他认为自己可以在帕里斯岛(Parris Island)上跑到哪里,穿泳衣的逃犯很难藏在那里。 我认为他并不了解自己,大概觉得这就像在城里躲一个警察一样。 这是我们最后一次见到他。

我以为 it was borrowed from some book like 呐喊, but it happens: Private Mulligan walking down the squad bay at Parris Island, chanting, “This is my rifle, this is my gun…,” firmly holding onto both.

The worst hazard for a recruit is not shrapnel or even dismemberment by Sergeant Bull Walrus. It is tattoo parlors. These garish dens abound near big bases and prey on recent recruits longing for any evidence of manhood. New soldiers spend 15 minutes getting that impressive eagle, and then they spend 20 years pricing plastic surgeons to get their boyhood back.

Some recruits go stark nuts over tattoos — Wasloski, for example, a red-headed Polish kid from Chicago I met in the drab barracks of Pendleton.

瓦斯洛斯基疯了。 他有一张棱角分明、好斗的脸,脸上的雀斑占世界战略储备的一半,并声称他毕业于宾夕法尼亚大学,原因不明,他称之为 UPI,而且判断力不如神风学校的志愿者。

上帝帮助他,瓦斯洛斯基(Wasloski)发现了纹身店。 它必须发生。 一天晚上,他出现在军营里,前臂上有一个纹身的越南半裸女孩。 至少可以说是显而易见的。 我的意思是,它的颜色像Day-Glo洗涤剂盒一样,可能还有电池。

可怜的疯子在he愈之前,另一只手在另一只手臂上,然后在上臂上。 我不知道它在哪里结束,如果有的话。 他可能有裸露的酒吧女孩在脊椎上奔跑。

没有什么能比纹身更具有军事意义了,他想成为一名军事人士。 他只是不知道有纹身的人一辈子都在努力摆脱它们。 如果Wasloski曾经有一个女友,那几乎是不可能的,那么他将不得不截肢。 也许他的背。

Junior enlisted men have a limitless capacity for avoiding work. Among the better recruits, this talent verges on religious inspiration. Trainees learn it quickly.

我第一次获得这种有用的能力的经验是观看一个排在沙地上排成一队的警察,以管理烟头。 每个人都没有捡起冒犯的烟头,而是用这双靴子小心地将沙子推向他们。 他们没有计划,也没有看到其他人这样做。 他们的想法只是对这种情况的明显反应。

他们留下了一尘不染的田野。 三十分钟后,风把沙子吹走了,这地方看起来像一个公共垃圾场。 我想这些屁股已经积累了 30 年,被一代又一代的新兵反复掩埋。

然后是麦克林顿,他在加利福尼亚的炎热日子里被安排在一家杂物房给草浇水。 没有一阵风。 高温会烤焦骆驼的大脑,而沥青则变成粘稠的软泥。 麦克林顿应该在草坪上来回走动,喷洒每个补丁直到完全湿透为止。 俄国人会做到的,但美国士兵会自己考虑。

麦克林顿在树下的树荫下的地面上找到了一个下水道的开口。 他在树荫下站了三个小时,给那炉排浇水。 草从来没有被弄湿,所以他似乎总是在给一块干燥的土地浇水。 在下面一百码处,水槽被水淹没了。

“现在 Wampus cat isn’t any damn killer bogeyman, no matter what the locals say. All that stuff on TV about how it killed seven Boy Scouts in a swamp is so much crap. At least in my opinion. But it can get real savage, like any cat, and we do lose three or four recruits every year to it. It’s mostly their own damn fault because they don’t take the right precautions.

“当您搭起帐篷时,请确保您距离树线至少四英尺。 四英尺,明白了吗? 而且Wampus猫倾向于在南北方向上狩猎,所以我想要那些朝向东西方的帐篷。 这就是全部,上校不会嚼我的屁股,因为那只Wampus猫杀死了我的一名新兵。”

The beach at Lejeune, a chill gray day with fog wafting over greasy Atlantic rollers. A platoon of infantry trainees stands shivering beside the looming bulk of an amtrac–the old LVT P-5, the beach-assault vehicleof the Marines in those days.

它的形状像带轨道的钢面包。 它在沙滩上爬下,下降坡道,然后咕gr声响起来,被机枪击中。

至少,这就是船员告诉他们的咕what声。 咕gr声是学员。 他们会相信任何事情。

LVT P5. What I drove. Also known as a Wide Area Notifying Mine Detector. The gasoline tank was in the bottom. If you went over a mine, a four-hundred-foot plume of black smoke notified everyone within fifty miles.
LVT P5. What I drove. Also known as a Wide Area Notifying Mine Detector. The gasoline tank was in the bottom. If you went over a mine, a four-hundred-foot plume of black smoke notified everyone within fifty miles.

下士大喊,而受训人员则冲上了其中的37名。 火车就像一个钢棺材,内部是黑暗而寒冷的,侧面只有两个小窗户。

有时它们真的变成了棺材。 有一次,一个舱门开着,一个大滚轮上船,将拖链拖入 150 英尺深的冷水中。 没有人听到居住者的消息,因为这是几年前,他们被推定已经死亡。

当坡道关闭时,工作人员将这件事告诉了咕噜声。

引擎加速到震耳欲聋的轰鸣声,空心和坟墓,冲入破碎机。 这头野兽撞上海浪并沉入距离其顶部一英尺之内,这是它应该做的。 绿色的水从窗户上流过,并通过痕迹一直存在的小漏水射入溪流。

新兵不知道这一点。 他们在这个死亡陷阱中非常非常不自在,想象着如果它下沉,那将是可怕的争夺。 避免避开水坑坟墓是没有希望的。

在离海岸一百码的地方,船员站在机枪潜望镜下,看上去像个U艇指挥官。

他看着滚过顶部的滚筒,并讽刺地说:“那儿太粗糙了,查理。 让我们把她放低到50英尺,并希望舱壁能够撑住。”

三名新兵晕倒。 学员将相信任何事情。

我有这个 guy Handley, couldn’t do anything right,” one DI told me. “I mean, he was the kind of guy who tries hard, but everything he touches turns to crap. Big doofus guy outa Miami. You can’t persecute that kind of guy, because he genuinely is trying his best.

“One day Handley is sitting in this 10-holer latrine we had, along with about six other guys, all with their trousers around their ankles. Well, the colonel comes in to take a whizz, and Handley stands to attention and yells, ‘Ten-hut!’”

Oh-dark-30, a frigid morning at Lejeune. Our last day of training. We line up single file to go into the dark administration shack and collect our boot pay. We are harder and heavier than we were three months ago, a little cocky, confident, aware of new muscles. Inside the shack we have to stand to attention and do some silly boot rigmarole: “Sir! Private Smith reportingforpaycall-serial number twothirtyonetwentysixfiftyone Sir!” all in one breath.

We also have to stop just outside the door and count the crisp new bills. One of the squad leaders — Bergland, a beefy kid from Alabama — has been ordered to be sure we do.

他在黑暗的人行道上感觉很自满,而且他很可能会这样做。 他有生以来第一次对别人负责。

小屋里有一个人物,像他前面的20个人物,但不算什么。

“海洋,算账单!”

人影没有停下,于是伯格兰环住他的腰,把他拉了回来,不知道他抓住了盖格营地最卑鄙的枪械中士。

“ Gityourbuttback…在这里…哦…我…神态…。”

Sir, what’s a Wampus cat look like?” a recruit asks Sergeant Sly.

“我希望我能告诉你。 您会看到,Wampus在一种方面很不寻常:它只会向后运行。 这是科学的奥秘之一。 很多人看到过Wampus的后端,但没人看到过前端。 这就是为什么您必须从东向西跑动帐篷,所以Wampus猫不会退缩。 并且让我告诉你,如果您看到Wampus猫的屁股末端进来,则最好亲吻您的屁股再见,“因为一切都结束了。”

Noon in the Lejeune woods, chilly with autumn and the slowing drizzle, gooky red mud making sucking noises under our boots. Rain-laden pine branches brush across faces like cold hands. “S” Company is coming off the flame-thrower range for chow. Why the scene sticks in my memory I don’t know, but it is my most vivid impression of training: a company of sodden recruits, shivering.

在无法解释的时刻,所有这些都汇聚在一起,我们为能在服务中,在现实世界中感到自豪,而不是在一些乏味的实验室中不抽气或拉扯青蛙。 我们当中相当多的人会在十周内死亡,但我们还不相信这件事。

蒸汽从野外厨房冒出来,这是全世界唯一温暖的东西,我们为食客们提供了厨具包,里面装满了美味的水槽。 19岁时,您太笨了,不知道什么时候感到不舒服。 我们习惯了3 1/2个小时的睡眠,用步枪和七十二个装备放松,开始感觉像海军陆战队。

One blond kid with huge, round, blue eyes has lost his mess kit. He takes chow in his canteen cup–stew, spinach, bread, canned peaches dumped on top, string beans. It all goes to the same place, he says. When you’ve been up and running since 4:30, you don’t care what it looks like.

中士对我们吠叫,但表现得好像我们是人类,这可能会也可能不会表现出他们的良好判断力。 我在齐胸高的圆木桌上与其他这些橄榄色的战士一起排队。 我们站在黏糊糊的粘土上吃东西,灰色的云朵在头顶翻滚和扭曲。 有人传谣说我们向红色中国宣战了。 有人相信。 有些总是这样。

哪有这回事 as a recruit with enough to eat. Chow wasn’t bad-not like at the chow hall where, when the cook scooped up the powdered eggs with an ice cream scoop, green water filled the hole.

在原木桌子上放着花生酱和果冻罐,用来制作两磅重的Geiger-burgers三明治,使您遍历Lejeune的Camp Geiger训练营。 巨大的黄蜂和救生服在果冻罐中爬行。

我旁边的那个人注视着一只大黄蜂,大黄蜂的大小与他罐子里的一架轰炸机差不多。 野兽显然是危险的。 另一方面,海军陆战队想要一个三明治。

站在新兵和食物之间是没有用的。 他用刀快速扭动,将大黄蜂压入果冻表面以下的深处,并使三明治成为顶层。

他之前的其他人也做过同样的事情。 我数了七只埋葬的黄蜂,有些还在抽搐。 你要做你必须做的。

(从重新发布 弗雷德对一切 经作者或代表的许可)
 
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  1. Truth 说:

    The thought of some effeminate Snowflake telling a Marine DI that he needed a Safe Space so he wouldn’t feel uncomfortable, poor darling–well, it just charms me. He would develop a whole new understanding of “uncomfortable.”

    You need a safe space, Guadalajara.

  2. Funny how on the one hand young men are stupid and on the other he feels pride for having been one of those stupid young men, even though he won’t say it aloud.

    Why can’t young men just be young men, without all the peering down our noses at them? Does some sort of female imperative demand it or are older men threatened by the vigor of youth?

    I too played the boot camp game, though in 1981 and in San Diego rather than Parris Island. It doesn’t define who I am now nor is it a source of shame. Truth be told I don’t care to share it very often, not because of some negativity but rather because the vast majority of people I encounter have no understanding of such things. I’d rather have the respect of my peers than the admiration of any number who never bothered to be a soldier for the working day.

    • 回复: @Dr Strangelove
  3. Having joined the Corps in January, 1948, I suppose I am now an official member of the Old Corps. I know I’m officially old for sure – 87 later this year.

    I had the “pleasure” of doing a tour at PI as a staff NCO – teaching out at the range, not running a platoon.

    I don’t think I could ever belong to any branch other than the USMC – you absorb the Corps and it becomes an integral part of you. Whenever I meet another Marine, I already know a lot about him.

    In a word association test, when you say Marine Corps, I think “sweat”.

    Fred’s anecdotes are part of the lore but I’ve forgotten much of the detail though I do recall getting sick on an LVT off of Little Creek when they put the covers down and all the diesel smoke stayed in the troop space. I also recall going down the rope ladder into an LVCP with a 40+ pound radio on my back, a pack on my chest, an M-1 slung around the radio and the extra battery in the pack. I was around 155 lbs in those days.

    And, on the M-1, when issued my new weapon, it was all cosmolined with a tag on it reading: CONDEMNED – U.S. Army – 1945 Gave me a secure feeling I’d be able to knock off all those NORKS easy with my well-broken in weapon.

    Semper Fi is right Fred.

  4. Whoever 说:

    Made me laugh out loud twice. That’s two drinks for you!
    Saw this and thought of your post:

  5. Now the Generals are thinking of allowing mixed gender platoons in boot camp. They wouldn’t like things like this:

  6. anon • 免责声明 说:

    In 1966 they had the draft, which is involuntary servitude.

    • 回复: @Bill Jones
  7. Wyrd 说:

    It’s a pity there aren’t more plaudits for this article because these stories are hilarious. Thanks for sharing them, Mr. Reed!

  8. I don’t recall seeing many Marines getting together over gin. That wasn’t the poison of choice for those I knew, though it might be for the pretty-boys higher up the chain in DC.

  9. 2/1 doc 说:

    In summer of 65 having seen my friends all off to Paris Island. I spent a few months in boot at Great Lakes with a deranged CPO as USMC DI wannabe. We had once a week to piss in a garbage can with a plastic liner at reveille. Abbot labs outside the base used it to make a drug called urokinase.Used to break up blood clots they claimed. Didn’t work well, Went to corpsman school not knowing of its fatal possibilities. Went to work on the psychiatric wards at Bethesda in Feb 1966. We probably passed each other as I used to sit at Psych desk at entrance to Building 7 which led to PX.
    Spent a month playing Marine at Camp Pendleton, in July 68 and to my credit didn’t go to TJ for the donkey show.
    Oceanside was fine. I had graduated from Oceanside, New York high school and thought life is strange to wind up on the west coast in a place I left on the east coast. Considering casualty rates for corpsman it might be the last place.
    I spent most of my time sitting on Marble mountain outside Danang with a pair of 106 reckless rifles. Not far from where you were at LVT compound. Enjoyed the wonders of beautiful down town Nui Kim Son. There were lots of burned out LVT’s on road to our AO and spent some time riding on top better than inside. The question was always which one to ride. First or last.
    Spent some time at Swamp Lejeune with 25th Marines playing Vietnam. Rained alot and chiggers carried off a platoon.
    One other thing like you . I live in Europe 10 years now. Living is good and beer much better.
    If your in Europe stop by . The name of the town I live in is YPRES. Its got some history you probably know about

  10. I read this article about 15 years ago on Fredo’s site and remember it as being more enjoyable and/or witty back then. Whether I have become more intelligent or cynical is beyond my comprehension. I would prefer the former but I suspect it is the latter.

    I have done the Cook’s tour of occupations from having been in high level office jobs, being a business broker with my own show to busting sod the old fashioned way ( bar none the most physically demanding job in especially when you do it after spending 15 years as a suit) and presently and always a hobby farmer which requires exertions that you don’t even notice. Oh, I also cut and split firewood manually on a business scale. Add a university degree when those things actually mattered. Done it.

    My point is not to exalt myself but to give myself some credibility when I state that the best thing that could ever happen to a youth, headstrong or not is a harsh physical regimen with NO opportunity to quit either due to extreme authority or most importantly peer pressure.

    Fredo’s experience is relatively a pussy walk in my eyes. It was designed to lose only a minor percentage of recruits. A lot of wimps end up as USMC. Special forces are obviously different.

    To give youth an opportunity to overcome fears, develop their bodies and acquire a competitive mental state not only for themselves but also for the good of the commonweal should be the honest duty of leaders who hold the national interest as the highest goal.

    Conscription and real boot camps ( age 18-20) should be mandatory for any nation that hopes to have a future. Trannies and rump rangers should be given medical exemptions. Women should be told that they are no starters for reasons too obvious to discuss.

    To see what I have written as ridiculous is to see how far we have fallen.

    干杯-

    • 回复: @Avery
    , @Willem Hendrik
  11. Avery 说:
    @Timur The Lame

    {To give youth an opportunity to overcome fears, develop their bodies and acquire a competitive mental state….}

    Also give the Yutes an opportunity to get killed, or lose limbs, or get maimed, or become vegtables….. in some foreign lands to make the world safe for the Globalist corporations to loot and exploit. When was the last time American military fought invaders on American soil?

    {Conscription and real boot camps ( age 18-20) should be mandatory….}

    What the Hell for?
    You don’t need conscription for men to fight invaders of their own lands.
    You need conscription to have an endless supply of young men – cannon fodder – to be sent to foreign lands to kill or be killed for the interests of a few rulers, who more often than not, have been draft dodgers themselves. (like Cheney, G.W., Clinton, etc. ).

    {“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”}
    Smedley Darlington Butler, USMC Major General.

    One more thing: anyone who wants to volunteer and go and get killed for the Halliburtons, and such – go for it. But don’t ask others to send their 18 y.o. sons to get killed for the warmongering scum that rule US.

    • 同意: Dan Hayes
  12. Alden 说:

    Loved the article.

  13. Wally 说:

    事实:

    ‘Join the US Army, or Marines, & Fight for Israel
    寄生虫以色列的真实代价
    被迫向美国纳税人提供给以色列的钱远远超过了官方数字。
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-true-cost-of-israel/

  14. @Timur The Lame

    Nah, you are just another social justice warrior. Thinking his way of live is best for everybody. Is all.

  15. mp 说:

    When I was in Army boot camp, 1972, we marched and sang:

    I wanna be an Airborne Ranger
    I wanna live a life of danger,
    I wanna go to Viet Nam
    I wanna kill some Charlie Cong.

    Do they still sing like that, anymore? Does anyone even know who Charlie Cong is, anymore? Looking back on it, Charlie may not have been the good guy, but he certainly wasn’t the bad guy.

    Saw a recent ad. The Navy is now advertising itself as a Global Force for Good. I hear that pregnant women serving on ships are a big problem for the Global Force. With the big push for LGBT friendly units, that problem should solve itself.

  16. Agent76 说:

    17年2012月XNUMX日,美国方式? 我们与纳粹德国的联系

    不要让标题欺骗了您。 这段视频实际上是关于政府办学对1890年代至1940年代德国社会主义,帝国主义和法西斯主义崛起的贡献。

    • 回复: @joe webb
  17. dearieme 说:

    I now find it hard not to read “corps” in the Obama style.

  18. Agent76 说:

    Jun 23, 2014 The Truth about the Vietnam War

    Did the United States win or lose the Vietnam War? We are taught that it was a resounding loss for America, one that proves that intervening in the affairs of other nations is usually misguided. The truth is that our military won the war, but our politicians lost it. The Communists in North Vietnam actually signed a peace treaty, effectively surrendering. But the U.S. Congress didn’t hold up its end of the bargain. In just five minutes, learn the truth about who really lost the Vietnam War.

  19. gdpbull 说:

    Army guy here. Got off the bus into boot camp at Ft Polk Louisiana at about 1 AM. While us recruits were piling off the bus amid the rancorous insults of the Drill Sergeants (DSs), a planted fake recruit snuck in among us (we later learned). He was a fake smart-ass cut-up. While we were standing in loose formation being informed of our sorry worthlessness from two inches away by screaming DSs in our faces, the fake smart-ass recruit would laugh at the DSs and make smart remarks back at them. He was yanked violently out of the formation by a burly DS, and drug off a ways into the darkness. All the DSs gathered round the apparent hapless recruit and began to kick and beat the guy. The screams were blood-curdling, until the fake recruit fell silent. The burly DS then drug the fake recruit who appeared unconscious by a heel back into the light and past the formation of real recruits, picked him up and threw him into a jeep. The driver of the jeep drove off.

    We were all scared s__tless. The only words we could speak for a week or so after that was “Yes Drill Sergeant!!” Unlike the marines, if you called a DS sir, you were in deep s__t. It was considered an insult to them. Only officers were addressed as sir.

  20. joe webb 说:

    too bad we ain’t got boot camp anymore…for all males. provides a good look at actually existing human beings…at least your own kind and some of those Others.

    Mine was at Fort Ord in Monterey California. The whole herd of antifas, etc. should be sentenced to Basic Training. Basically.

    乔·韦伯

    • 回复: @Alden
  21. bluedog 说:
    @Agent76

    Well son I know its hard to get over after all we are the exceptional ones, the shinning light on the hill never lost a war or a battle, for we are the best of the best or so we think, but than again delusion does that when the truth is at stake and propaganda become the word of the day…

  22. Stonehands 说:
    @Agent76

    The truth is that the Deep State is more than happy to ship the whole middle class economy to communist Vietnam and China. Quit trying to rationalize your enslavement, YT.

    Your enemy has always been right here; the leftists in their sinecures in the State Dept., Pentagram, NSA, CIA, IRS etc., etc., etc.

  23. jimmy83 说:

    The Army still has some good ones

    I saw a Taliban dressed in bla-ack
    That’s my knife in his baa-ack
    I am the one he did not see-ee
    U.S. Army Infantry-hee

    等等

    Most of us in basic never got on board with the hooah for hooah’s sake crap. Our drill sgts were terrifying, sure, but they always took time to explain why they were doing something and our company strove to live up to their high standards. And they were professionals, too. Older guys (especially Marines for some reason) like to bitch and moan about how basic training is “soft”, but you know what? DIs getting drunk off their ass in front of recruits and then shoving some mother’s son in a dryer while yelling racial slurs in no way promotes discipline or good order. Especially not when the kid jumps out a window afterwards.

    • 同意: Whoever
    • 回复: @Rusty
  24. Rusty 说:

    I have been reading Fred on everything for years ,and have sent him an email to tell him how much I enjoy his take on things. This article captures boot in the old day,I went in 1972,as well as words can for a rite of passage. You really have to be there.
    Hey,Fred, why dont you write up the ballad of the House Mouse next? I think that might be a great follow up to this one.

  25. Rusty 说:
    @jimmy83

    Well Jimmy83 , we had one murder in my training platoon 3066 San Diego 1972. One guy hit another one in the head wit the disassembled barrel and receiver group of his m-14 rifle at Edson Range chow hall on Sunday morning.And one guy jumped off the top floor of the barracks. I dont know what his problem was. Later at Miramar Air Station I walked into the head, and a guy was sobbing and both wrist cut deep,bleeding out into the sink. I helped save him.
    Alot of stuff happens. I dont necessarily agree with putting recruits in industrial clothes dryers, but my DIs did ship our house Mouse ,in a foot locker,to Edson range with the gear. He come out spry as hell. I thing he was glad to get some sleep.I could fall asleep stand up in Boot.

    • 回复: @jimmy83
  26. Rusty 说:

    Another funny one from Boot. Once we got to Pendleton and met the mountains,my head DI SSgt. Smith, a big redneck from Lufkin Texas, sent some of the East Texas stump jumpers out and they got a bag full of snakes.
    SSgt. Smith got us in formation and we had to take the snake. The dark Green Marines were none to happy about that, but nobody wrote their congress critter or told their Moma. One of the crazy stumpjumpers caught a rattlesnake, and they killed it and threw it up under the barracks.He later snuck around and got it and made it bite him on the arm so he could go to the base hospital for some RR. He came back with tales of steaks,and nurses, and keep us all entertained many a night.
    I think he might have been making up some of those stories ,but you wanna believe so:) Simpler times, simpler place. Glory Days.

  27. JackOH 说:

    Parris Island, 1974. I liked boot. Discipline, selflessness, martial virtues, all that. Maybe a genetic deal. My Dad had been a police cadet in the 1930s, then an Air Force lifer. Learned to shoot. Learned that a few guys are extraordinarily gifted with physical ability and aggressiveness. Still believe that martial societies are pretty good, pretty admirable.

    Smedley Butler’s 战争是一个球拍 blew me away when I first read it. Education and work experience taught me a little about how manipulable people can be. Human condition, I guess. “Light at the end of the tunnel”, “weapons of mass destruction”, and on.

    Twenty-some years after boot I thought of emigrating from the States. Maybe Gen. Butler’s message, that America and her institutions weren’t what they seemed, finally sunk in with me.

    I’m glad I served. Good, decent people in the Corps at that time. I moved on though.

    • 同意: anarchyst
  28. anonguy 说:

    What did the first Marine recruited at Tun Tavern say to the second?

    “It was tougher in the Old Corps”.

    Fred Reed indulges in a timeless, USMC tradition here and frankly, his Corps was pretty easy compared to that, say, of Marines going ashore at Tarawa.

    The Marines have been having recruit abuse scandals, and cycles of reform and tenderness towards recruits, since the Ribbon Creek scandal in the fifties.

    A more intelligent article would trace how a cycle of abuse started in WWII in the USMC as it expanded nearly tenfold from a small, neo-colonial naval gendarmerie to 500k strong amphibious warfare machine.

    Via this, a previously self-selecting recruit base was replaced by a random selection of draftees.

    The USMC then adopted the motto, “We can make anyone into a Marine”, because they had to.

    They never said this before WWII, wasn’t part of the culture.

    So this was all well and good with the recruit material then and through Korea, which largely reflected the middle class of America. It was rough, but manageable.

    However, during Vietnam, the quality of recruits started dropping due to widespread opposition to the war. The USMC motto of “We can make anyone into a Marine” just caused the institution to double down, becoming ever more abusive.

    This got even worse in the immediate wake of Vietnam when the draft ended. The USMC was completely blind-sided, they thought it wouldn’t affect them since they had been largely volunteer. They completely underestimated how many people joined the Marines rather than being drafted into the Army.

    So the bottom completely fell out on recruiting and in the 73-75 years, they took anything that moved, basically.

    And kept screwing down at PI and San Diego, at the deckplate level, the DIs had to get these guys through. Hazing just increased, exacerbated by a worn out/demoralized post-Vietnam NCO corps ridden with PTSD, alcoholism. A situation ripe for abuse and plenty of it happened. Dude in my platoon got his front teeth knocked out, in front of the platoon, by a DI I continued to consider truly psycho after you figure out that the DIs, for the most part, really aren’t psycho.

    Gen Louis Wilson took over as CMC in 1975 understanding the cultural/personnel policies that weren’t helping the then debate as to whether the U.S. even needed the USMC any longer. There was also a spate of movies and books about the horrors of USMC boot camp in the early 70s, incidentally.

    It all came to a head in 1976 with a pair of boot camp scandals. This wasn’t the first time “accidents” happened, but these ones caught the popular imagination, congressional investigations, hue and cry.

    Gen. Wilson, with the assistance of the future commandant Gen. Barrow, initiated a cultural change then within USMC boot camp that resonates to this day. It took them about 4 years and literally hundreds of courts-martial over 3-4 years to convince the entire USMC that the days of beating up recruits was over.

    That would have been a lot more interesting article for Fred to write, even the USMC official histories discuss how this cycle of abuse started, was exacerbated over decades, then remedied by Wilson/Barrow who essentially saved the USMC.

    But no, grandpa moaning about how it was tougher for him in the old days.

    • 回复: @sanjoaquinsam
    , @Uebersetzer
  29. Ivy 说:

    Check out the following website for some military fun.

    http://Www.PatriotPost.us/humor

  30. jimmy83 说:
    @Rusty

    True. Cycle before mine they had some guy decide he was going to Full Metal Jacket drill sgt. He hid some rounds in his boot from the range and was climbing a downspout on the side of the barracks when it collapsed halfway up. Broke his arm and got five years in Leavenworth. Another company had someone decide that the best way to get down from the climbing tower was by letting go of the rope 57 feet up. Medical discharge.

    Ain’t saying that injuries don’t happen, just that they shouldn’t be instructor-inflicted. Our company was understaffed and we had two drill sgts until halfway through the cycle when one of them PCSed. The man that was left, a big Polynesian whom the entire company was terrified of, sat us down and said “hey, if any of you are struggling, if any of you don’t understand something, you can ask me anything after dinner chow and I’ll do my best to help you. I don’t want none of you privates out there in the field with an Iraqi bullet in your head, okay?” Our PT scores jumped from third to first, we crushed the rest of the company in combatives, and to this day I honestly believe that each member of First Platoon would have charged a machine-gun nest for that man.

    It’s possible to get fantastic results without physically abusing the recruits, but it takes leadership to do so.

    • 回复: @anonymous
  31. Can’t find a job? Got no morals or loyalty to the American people?
    You can kill people for the British Empire. We call it N.A.T.O. .
    Treason and murder are OK if you call it military “service”.
    When the British Crown mafia snaps its fingers the pentagon goes running
    to kill their enemies for them just like in WW1 and WW2.
    The pentagon and national guard don’t need the Declaration of Independence.
    They don’t care about the American revolution.
    They print all the fake money they need to kill innocent people that never attacked the U.S.A.
    FOR THE BRITISH EMPIRE because THEY ARE TRAITORS and BABY KILLERS.

  32. @anonguy

    That would have been a lot more interesting article for Fred to write, even the USMC official histories discuss how this cycle of abuse started, was exacerbated over decades, then remedied by Wilson/Barrow who essentially saved the USMC.

    But no, grandpa moaning about how it was tougher for him in the old days.

    Well, thank the Lord you found your way here to enlighten us.

    • 回复: @anonguy
  33. anonguy 说:
    @sanjoaquinsam

    Well, thank the Lord you found your way here to enlighten us.

    De nada, glad to help. Things have been quiet at the iSteve.

  34. Bill Jones 说:

    Continuing the tradition of failure.

  35. Rob Payne 说:

    America takes its dick out and waves it around.

  36. Isabella 说:

    Sorry this is off topic but I cannot think of any other way to get through. I cannot access Fred’s site, I get a message saying I have been blocked. I dont know if it’s because I am trying to access it from Russia. I also cannot get any of the “automatic email to Fred” links to work -is that for the same reason. Is anything from Russia being blocked. I like going to Freds site, I have done for years, I have never experienced this before.
    任何帮助,不胜感激。

  37. @ Alden,

    Your points are valid in the circumstances (as at present) where military forces are used as state sanctioned mercenaries. Do bear in mind that these are all volunteers so there is no conscription as you harped upon. There will always be such a pool of recruits. Mandatory training may be a form of conscription but I use the original term to mean being called up by force of law, trained and sent to the meat grinder.

    My point was that putting young men into a tough physical regimen with structural authority and peer pressure/support will give them a sense of pride, courage and accomplishment if they successfully endure the program. Of course they will hate it at first. But one starts to like it when the first hurdles are overcome and you start to like looking at yourself in the mirror seeing musculature where previously there was none. At this point you seem to want more of it.

    The job market used to mitigate this problem to some extent but this is all but gone now. This is especially true these days when automation (as in agriculture) eliminated a lot of hard manual work traditionally available for teenagers. In my day everyone had a summer job. You needed spending money and a way to get to buy a jalopy (which enabled you to get to your job in the country in either event). Through high school I worked on farms. In University summers I roofed army camps with a crew for a big company. There was no way to slack off on either of these jobs. If your co-workers didn’t kick your ass for not pulling your weight the boss would simply fire you. Both were shameful so it wasn’t going to happen. Oh, and if fired when you got home do you think mummy would say ” Oh those cruel boors, sit down bubby and let me make you some hotcakes”. No, the real shaming would take place there especially from the man of the house. Fathers did have a use in those days and it wasn’t always being a ‘big buddy’ pussy as they all are on popular media shows.

    Another important thing to consider is what is referred to as ‘muscle memory’. If you do not develop a muscular infrastructure during those years, it is lost forever. When I went back to the land for some of the hardest work that existed in the country after 15 years of physical debauchery while wearing a suit, I managed eventually to regain my form. I thought that I would die several times but I wasn’t going to be the first one to walk off the job. The rest of the crews were about 10 years younger, athletic and contemptuous. I was the old man. Peer pressure is a strong motivator. There was no sympathy for falling short or having swollen forearms. In relative terms it was an elite job. Either you made the cut or you were a yet another wannabee.

    Look at some of these snowflake wastrels walking around these days. 200 lbs of doughnut batter with man tits. If times got tough these clods would get a heart attack drawing a bucket of water from a deep well let alone doing something that would require any kind of exertion. Diabetes is their future.

    Me a SJW? That’s funny if meant as the term is tossed around these days. I was just lucky that I was born at a time and a place when hard work was the norm. I didn’t know any better and would have probably taken a path of least resistance if one was offered. By the Grace of God I had to take the rocky road uphill. I shall forever be grateful.

    On reflection I suppose that proposing to do the right thing for the youth will be yet another PC casualty. I sincerely do feel sorry for them. Inane texting 24/7 has already replaced riding around for hours on bikes with your band of brothers looking for minor adventures.

    My two centavos.

    干杯-

    • 回复: @anonymous
  38. thanks to avery for a little bit of sanity among the mucho-macho, never-say-die mercenaries for Empire…
    you know, it is quite possible to believe that we have let our ability to teach young people hard work, physical labor/exertion, and generally working for a common goal among a group, has become somehow unfashionable or declasse; BUT, that DOESN’T mean you have to go full-retard and revert to an inhuman, inhumane, knuckle-dragging system of indoctrinating young-n-stoopids to kill/die for Empire…
    um, is EVERYONE only capable of binary thinking: either they are useless slobs, OR they are trained killers for Empire ? we can’t find a middle ground there ? ? ?
    stop with the military worship already, by any metric we are the most militaristic society EVAH, but won’t even dare to recognize that salient and central factoid of our existence…

  39. dearieme 说:
    @Agent76

    That’s rather like the boxer who complains that he won fourteen rounds and that it just wasn’t fair that he was knocked out in the fifteenth.

  40. The Yard 说:

    OK, I admit it. I never thought I could laugh at anything connected to the Marine Corps. After reading only several paragraphs of this piece I have to admit that Fred Reed had me laughing until my eyes watered and eventually fell out on the floor. That was truly funny, Fred. I mean funny. I can’t believe anyone could make me laugh about something connected to the Marine Corps. You did it, Mr. Reed. You are the man. You may have saved my life.

  41. The Yard 说:

    The Wasloski story. I can’t handle it, Fred. It’s going to drive me to drink. Oh, wait, I forgot. I’m already there. This is a great piece, Fred, seriously. I can’t say that I’m anything but seriously enjoying it. I’m not even done reading it. I just have no choice but to give you this feedback.

  42. Max Payne 说:

    Criminally long? I could go for more….

  43. oh, and one more thing: a wampus cat ? ? ?
    真的吗?
    next you’ll tell me they went on a snipe hunt…
    c’mon, you fall for that wampus cat bee ess, you are a special stupid…
    which, well, i guess is what the marines select for: smart enough to know which end of the gun to point at the enemy, but stupid enough not to ask why you are pointing at that enemy…

  44. Anonymous [AKA "Paladin Danse"] 说:

    I may be a bit twisted but I enjoyed Boot in ’80 after a few years in the fleet I wished I could go back and do it again. I didn’t do the PI or a sand flea burial, I got my sunglasses and suntan lotion issued on day one 1 at SD.

    I also sat off shore on a very infamous morning when over 300 of my brothers were killed in what was one of the first terrorist attacks of Americans in a place they no longer talk about; swept under a rug and not mentioned by our media.
    And now I read people on here write out crap on a subject most of them have never lived, or even seen with their own eyes. And all I think is “Your Welcome, due to my service, my families service, and other men and women over the past 200+ years you have the freedom to say the stupidest sh*t and not fear being visited in the night by “Brown Shirts” or “Jack-Booted Thugs”.

  45. anon • 免责声明 说:

    Getting drafted wasn’t funny. It was bad.

    I got a bad attitude. Still have it.

    I got called up. And actually passed physical #1. But eventually beat it. It was the last gasp of the draft. Everyone knew the war was a mistake.

    The idea that they are going to throw your ass in jail because you aren’t willing to fight for a war that everyone knew was a mistake — still pisses me off.

    I can’t think about anything remotely funny about that time.

    I don’t think about it much any more. The US is a great country and all. But conscription? No. And if they still had it, snowflakes would forget about micro aggressions and think about their own ass.

    I didn’t know anyone that was even genuinely idealistic. Just self interested. But people never learn. I read the Pentagon Papers. No one has read much of it. You have to be crazy to read it.

    https://www.archives.gov/research/pentagon-papers

    The full edition wasn’t released until 2011. It is massive. The little paperback abridged versions — no comparison.

    The military wanted it. They thought it was a good idea. And promoted it. WW 2 was, amazingly enough, only over 16 years earlier. The greatest generation — this was a jobs program with career advancement potential. It cured the country’s bloodlust for 15 years. It was that bad.

    I know this was supposed to be funny. And Fred? Its cool. This is just another mans opinion.

  46. Notice how boot camp (USMC or not, American or not) never involves using some kind of brain or intellectual power. Indeed anyone who seemed to have any would almost certainly be victimised.

  47. @some random guy

    Good reply.. These bullet headed types are just making unthinking cannon fodder for the corporations..Smedley Butler had it right… To Sgt Rock: They aren’t dumb, they just haven’t learned your system of mind control and war making… The Marines have not truly served America since 1812, but they have contributed to the dumb, shallow macho culture that’s too stupid to figure out who it’s real masters are..oy vey

    • 回复: @anonymous
  48. Here my last love died. There was nothing remarkable in the manner of its death. One day, not long before this last day in camp, as I lay awake before reveille, in the Nissen hut, gazing into the complete blackness, amid the deep breathing and muttering of the four other occupants, turning over in my mind what I had to do that day — had I put in the names of two corporals for the weapon-training course? Should I again have the largest number of men overstaying their leave in the batch due back that day? Could I trust Hooper to take the candidates class out map-reading? — as I lay in that dark hour, I was aghast to realize that something within me, long sickening, had quietly died, and felt as a husband might feel, who, in the fourth year of his marriage, suddenly knew that he had no longer any desire, tenderness, or esteem, for a once-beloved wife; no pleasure in her company, no wish to please, no curiosity about anything she might ever do or say or think; no hope of setting things right, no self-reproach for the disaster.

    Charles Ryder in 再探新娘头,
    —Evelyn Waugh

    Fred seems not to have gone through this process of falling out of love with the military. Instead he resorts to old-man speak, gazing back longingly and idealizing. I will not attempt to criticize old-man speak in general; I will only say that these are not the words of a soldier.

    A true soldier can never be somebody who loves the army. He loves 他的国家, which is why he fights in the army; but he does not and cannot love the army. The army is only the means by which he loves his country. To love the army itself would be like the suitor who loves courtship rather than loving his lady. Such marriages are doomed to disappoint.

    It always seems to me like there is something deeply contradictory at the heart of these Heinlein-esque soldierly reminiscences. They are in fact cryptic confessions that one was never really inwardly and authentically a part of the military and not really a patriot, observations which seem to be borne out by Fred’s subsequent actions.

    • 同意: Whoever
  49. anonymous • 免责声明 说:

    Late 60s Parris Island- we boys from NY City boroughs were disliked by senior DI- he kept sending a few of us to Motivation, and then Puerto Rican E-6 DI from Bronx , NY told me and another boot to let him know if senior DI pulls that shit again. Senior DI didn’t pull that BS again.
    It was winter and we would come back soaked and covered in mud at Motivation course. The mud and stuff didn’t bother me but it was the disgust shown by senior DI for NY City boys that stuck with me. The boot with me was from Brooklyn- he had trouble telling time; was killed in Vietnam and awarded posthumous silver star.
    If I had to do it over again, I would have gone in Army- I have no use for Corps- what I saw and what they did to people- lack of concern, neglect, abuse, trying to bust people for any reason and even trying to ruin the lives of guys who somehow survived 12 months in the bush. Neglecting and ranking on people was far worse than facing fists , bullets, mortars. Suffice it to say I have no use for Corps and more angry as I am older- I would have gone in Army.
    Careerists in Corps are no different than selfish, conniving, self serving careerists in civilian jobs or in Army except that Corps spreads its propaganda with that “we stand by our men and brotherhood and Semper Fi and all that other bullshit. I wish it were different . I wish it had been a decent experience but we were nothing but objects. I wish I did not have this hate for what I saw done to so many of us. Not easy to forget even with age , and time does not heal all wounds.
    Never saw officers above Captain and it was clear most of these lifers above O-3 didn’t want to see us anyway- they would have all of us dead before we disrupted their careers.

    • 同意: Alden
  50. anonymous • 免责声明 说:
    @Dr Strangelove

    you said it perfectly and so did so many of the comments
    and I went in in 68

  51. Bill Jones 说:
    @anon

    Continuing the tradition of failure.
    Bunch of low IQ fuchkwits willing to be murderous slaves. Pitiful really.

  52. anonymous • 免责声明 说:
    @Timur The Lame

    you said it just right Timur
    whether I travel to city areas, burbs, even country, where are the kids
    they don’t hang out anymore-at least not outside
    what a waste-being chained mentally to a computer , smartphone, and all the other junk

  53. anonymous • 免责声明 说:
    @jimmy83

    And yet so few know how to lead
    they have to read books to figure out how to lead and inspire???

  54. anonymous • 免责声明 说:

    I still give great credit to Fred Reed and all the rest that served in countries far away. 36,000 men died in the Korean war; 58,000 in Vietnam. The war in Vietnam probably should not have been fought by the USA but the men that went had an upbringing of anti Communism- I know I did.
    I can dislike the Marine Corps and all its public relations but I reserve good thoughts about mostly unselfish (and unknowing) men fighting far away from home against Communism.
    Thailand, South Korea, and many other countries in that part of Asia said that if the USA had not blocked Communism their countries would have had bigger ongoing battles fighting Communists.
    I read the Polish archives where it makes clear that the USSR had definite plans to attack western Europe if the situation was good enough, but of course we know that our great number of troops were serving in Germany and thus prevented the Soviet Union from attacking.
    I give great credit to those young men from the USA who went to these places to take a stand. Of course young men (most of us) may have known little about geopolitics back then but we believed that our country, the USA, was truthful and dedicated to stopping aggression in the world. Of course we were naïve- young men still know little when they rush out after events like 9-11 and join the military to fight the “bad guys”.
    The mainstream media sees to it that we maintain a population that knows little truth about why things happen. This mainstream media is controlled by Zionists.
    I dealt with thousands of soldiers in the past 14 years and almost all believed that the USA would never deceive them and was still the beacon of truth and virtue. Almost all of these youths-men and women- who joined the military believed what this Zionist controlled mainstream media was feeding them.
    I can only say that this is how a lot of us looked at it. Once we got into the military many of us then saw a dirty, sleazy side to how careerists ran their branches of service. For me, the over 2 years I put in the USMC was largely a waste..
    I would like to hear what others here think about the motives of young people. These are good young men and women-they are being deceived and have no idea about how the world really works.

    • 回复: @some random guy
  55. @anonymous

    I don’t know about anybody else but I never joined up (twice) for this or any other country. For various reasons I had a great desire to be a soldier. I even gave some thought to the Foreign Legion. Did that make me a mercenary in service to my own country? I would say absolutely yes. I have no problem with that.

    Now later in life I’m approached by youngsters wanting advice about joining up. I tell the girls they absolutely should, and for the most difficult jobs possible. The guys I recommend they don’t, not for political reasons but because it seems to have become such a swamp of PC causes. As to patriotic reasons, I advise doing so only if you really want to be a soldier and then only somewhere like the Foreign Legion.

    You’ve touched on the naivete of young people. I agree that they are. It’s entirely natural. I wouldn’t trust or believe an 18 year old who expressed a rational political opinion. It’s also unlikely to change. All we can do is counsle those we know. I do.

    • 回复: @Anonymous
  56. @anonguy

    Before WW2 the US Marines wouldn’t even accept blacks, who regarded it as “the white man’s service”. This started to change in the war – the dramatic expansion of the MC made it impossible to keep blacks out.

  57. Alden 说:
    @joe webb

    I’ve got better ideas for SJWS, more like what their great hero Lenin and his Cheka did in Russia beginning in 1918.

  58. anonymous • 免责声明 说:
    @Agent76

    I watched the video-those same Congressmen have never cut off aid to Israel. The Bolshevik press in America (mainstream media) would never tolerate defunding Israeli aggression.
    Most of the people in the antiwar demonstrations were not sincere- it was a big 60s happening. People older than me pointed out that these antiwar demonstrations all revolved around that thing called the draft.
    I was made to feel like a subhuman in the late 60s when in the Corps.

    Noam Chomsky said antiwar activism was “hard”. Noam Chomsky would get a good night’s rest in a nice hotel every night after a “hard” day’s marching and shouting, but those dudes in the Vietnam bush were sleeping in holes at night or whatever was available.
    I guess those reeducation camps were just fine by the antiwar crowd. Communism was such a great thing according to the Zionist mainstream media.
    And we keep funding Israel.
    The NY Times and all the rest were wrong about Diem- they lied and they worked on a lack of information and knowledge. We are wrong about a lot of things. Those Ivy League grads who make our policies and run our think tanks are wrong most of the time. Curse those self serving pompous egotistical elites.

  59. Anonymous • 免责声明 说:

    I believe in universal conscription-everyone does something. Healthy fit normal males expected to serve in a military role, males otherwise and females in a service organization where they do something useful. (Women would be allowed in strictly noncombet military roes, along with those men that are just going to get themselves adn/or others killed in combat.) Women who are married with children would be exempted, but they have to stay married or else go back and put in their time.

    • 回复: @anonymous too
  60. Anonymous • 免责声明 说:
    @some random guy

    I have yet to meet an American who joined the Legion and served his initial enlistment and came back. I am sure they exist, but I never met one. I met some ex-Legionnaires from other countries in Europe. They all said it was miserable.

    • 回复: @some random guy
  61. @Anonymous

    I suspect you are correct about the Legion being miserable and probably purposely so. With that said I would only suggest it because it’s the 仅由 military organisation that is set up for foreigners. Where else can you go to be a soldier these days besides the Legion or your own countries military?

  62. @Anonymous

    Draft all of them- warmongers first. Those who studied the situation and want us out of future wars to be the last ones drafted unless they want to go in.
    Yes, let women not be in combat arms roles or up close, and yes, for sure, those males who are very uncoordinated, hesitant, and lack that sense of when to move and do not pick up on cues, they too should not put others in harm’s way or have others be killed because they cannot read situations. I have seen those in military who should not be truck drivers simply because they do not read all of the road and they are unable to pick up on cues.
    We see a majority of drivers every day on our roads , especially women, who just cannot read the road nor can they pick up on the simplest cues about where and when to move, speed up, slow down, and all.
    And keep those people above 6 feet 6 out of the infantry-they are too much a target.

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不是汤姆·杰斐逊的想法
听起来对我来说就像是一所低级的美国大学
很长一段时间,大多数人都会厌烦地狱,但是我觉得自己很喜欢