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With the end of the cold war, the role of the American military has shifted in emphasis from making war to keeping peace. "The best way to see where the U.S. military is going is to look at the marines today," says Ricks, as the other armed forces have begun to emulate the marine model. To understand Parris Island--a central experience in the life of every marine--is to understand the ethos of the Marine Corps. Ricks examines the recent changes in the Standard Operating Procedures for Recruit Training (the bible of Parris Island), which indicate how the corps is dealing with critical social and political issues like race relations, gender equality, and sexual orientation. Making the Corps pierces the USMC's "sis-boom-bah" mythology to help outsiders understand this most esoteric and eccentric of U.S. armed forces. --Tim Hogan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Thomas E. Ricks's MAKING THE CORPS has sat in my bookcase for more than three years but I finally got around to reading it, and now I wonder what took me so long. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Timothy J. Bazzett
Extremely compelling! The Corps is doing what no other institution in America seems to be doing. They're taking a "Beavis" and "Butthead" out of high school on a Monday and 11... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J Hun
Making the Corps did some things excellent and others not so much. The majority of the book follows Platoon 3086 through their grueling training at Parris Island, SC USMC boot... Read morePublished 4 months ago by J4A72
The description of the Corps attitude in its training and philosophy were accurate. It was refreshing to see the honesty in describing some of the warts and the action to correct... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Paul C. Bopko
This was an assignment for an online class. It covers basic training, follows up on recruits and Marines, and has an interesting explanation of the Corps through history, military... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marilyn Martin
The narrative was well written and informative. The follow up seemed not have affirm evaluation by the author. But there may not be an answer to our current civilian vs. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C. A. Reeves
Tom Ricks is a well researched author but MTC, like all his work is marred by his over enthusiastic editorialism. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Spiegel
It was a very insightful book and it was interesting to follow the many different characters after their graduation from bootcamp, but I probably wouldn't read it againPublished 9 months ago by Jonathan