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America's trying to do the best for its veterans.
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Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp. We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.
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Back in those days intimidation was the greatest tool the drill instructor had. Without that tool, he would not have had control.
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Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
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Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.
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Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.
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I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day - I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year.
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I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share.
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I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot.
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I go the VA Hospital when I have a problem and the doctor jumps on me.
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I got space from Travis Air Force Base, went back to the Philippine Islands and made it a point to meet the only American casting director in the Philippines. I was off and running.
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I got to write most of everything I said.
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I honestly do feel that I am a role model for young people.
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I talk at high schools. I go to children's hospitals. I try to stay as involved as I can with young people, because they are the ones that count.
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I tell you, drill instructors were the most motivated people that I've ever met.
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I was stationed at a marine recruit depot in San Diego from 1965 to 1967.
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I'm a charter member of the Marine Corp Drill Instructor Association, so I know exactly what the changes have been.
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I've never had to spend any time in the VA hospital, so I really can't speak for those guys.
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If some of the soldiers didn't get welcomed with parades, wreathes, hugs and kisses, I guess they had a tendency to feel shunned. I was never shunned.
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In very early 1966, we needed to get warm bodies to Vietnam, so the recruit training was cut down to eight weeks.
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It hurt drill instructors when they'd see their privates' names on that obituary page. It was very painful for them.
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It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.
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It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
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Kubrick ate it up. He loved it. He just let me go crazy.
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Kubrick's films have life - they just never die.
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My favorite contemporary book is Black Hawk Down. My favorite non-contemporary book is Mutiny on the Bounty.
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Of all of the veterans I know personally, I don't know one that was ever shunned.
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Oh, I'm no big hero. I got hurt heading for the bunkers - me and my guys.
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That's all I cared about too, was getting it right.
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The bad news motivated the drill instructors that much more.
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The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
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The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war.
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The drill instructor must have total and complete control. Mindless obedience is what he's after.
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The first thing a drill instructor did in the morning was march those privates up to the mess hall, get them seated and have them say their prayers.
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The year before last, I was so busy answering normal mail that I had to recruit my wife, daughters and son to help with addressing envelopes.
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There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years.
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There was a huge, tremendous amount of disabled veterans and the Veteran's Administration just wasn't geared up for it. I know for a fact that it's getting better and better.
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There's a lot of whiners in every crowd.
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We had times in '66 and '67 when we would pick up a platoon of privates out of the receiving barracks the week before we even graduated the platoon that we were on!
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When you try to find funding for a VVA function, it doesn't seem like it's any trouble at all. People come out of the woodwork with their money to help out because we went over and fought a war.
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Without discipline, there is no Marine Corp.
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You'd be surprised how many kids and young people come to the website and send me email that they are actually going into the Marine Corp because of something that I said or did.
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