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They All Wore The Same Boots...

by Rolway / November 16, 2004 5:47 AM PST
Boot Camp: Where Teens Become Soldiers.

I ran across this story about one former Marine's Basic training at Paris Island. Found it interesting although many of you Marine Vets here could no doult add much more to it. What I noticed was, it said today the program is 12 weeks, and during Nam it was 9 weeks.

I'm Army and during Korean War (Summer of 1952) it was 16 weeks Infantry Basic. Pretty much the same routine and training. That first step off the Bus wasn't exactly a home greeting and the first couple weeks made you wonder, what the Hell did I do to deserve this. But, Its an experience you never forget, never regret, and after 16 weeks you are ready to fight. Happy


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And just think.........
by Glenda / November 16, 2004 6:37 AM PST

You could have been a Marine:) Semper Fi! George:)

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Re: Yeah...
by Rolway / November 16, 2004 6:49 AM PST

Its all that buddy of mines fault too. Flatfooted Pierre.:)


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(NT) (NT) LOL :))
by Glenda / November 16, 2004 8:36 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Yeah...
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Re: They All Wore The Same Boots...
by Angeline Booher / November 16, 2004 6:46 AM PST

Hi, George,

I've been told that there has been a lot of improvement in combat boots themselves since 1952.

Not only do they have better sizing, but are a lot more comfortable!

A young recruit once asked my daughter if she had any advice about basic training. She replied, "When you hear 'HIT THE DIRT!' do it!"

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Re: They All Wore The Same Boots...
by Rolway / November 16, 2004 7:27 AM PST

Hi Angeline:

Your Daughter's got that right. And keep your butt down.:)

Hope they made those boots lighter too. We had a kid come in from Miss. I believe. Never wore shoes in his life. Watching him walk with those boots on was like me trying to wear high heels. Gee what a mess he was for awhile.


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And today...Same Training...Same boots - Same Team
by Mac McMullen / November 16, 2004 7:25 AM PST
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Re: And today...Same Training...Same boots - Same Team
by Rolway / November 16, 2004 8:05 AM PST

Thanks for the article Del. It sure is a perfect example of the great troops we have fighting and winning this war. All professionals and dedicated men. God bless them all.


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It got bad during WWII
by Dragon / November 16, 2004 7:37 AM PST

A friend of my mother's, a WWII navy vet from the Pacific, told me a lot about his experiences. One thing he knew was that one poing, boot camp was cut severely, and that a number of these guys ended up as cannon fodder.

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Lately, Ive had the idea to write to a soldier
by Dragon / November 16, 2004 10:51 AM PST

But I remember when I was at the navy site a week or so ago, they discouraged writing to any soldier. So far, I havent had time (or made time) to find out the best way to write one, but Im gonna do it. These guys like to get mail. I think its a good for morale.

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Re: Lately, Ive had the idea to write to a soldier
by Mac McMullen / November 16, 2004 12:30 PM PST

Thruout the military they are asking that no one
address anything to "Any Soldier". The mail system
is into the holiday routine already and they claim
that to get all the mail intended for holiday delivery
delivered on time, they can only handle mail addresssed
to indivuduals. Extraneous matter will only overload
and clog the system.

So if you can address something to an individual, please
follow-up with your instinct.

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