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" (p.60). 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 (p.64).
On Drill Sergeant states that a Marine "will accept nothing less than the very best effort from you at all times" (p.54). In American society, if someone is having a bad day because of something, we say "don't worry about it, you'll do better tomorrow". The Marine expects you to give 100% at all times (p.56), and to be completely honest in all things. In American society we say that's a little "white lie", as a Marine, you never lie. We get chances all the time in American society, we are... [continues]
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