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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
I got this for my Sister right before going into the Marines. She said it REALLY helped her to know what to expect when she got there and really helped her deal with everything... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Alexis Short
Excellent description of the technical and human sides of training. Felt as if I were a member of the platoon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helper Joe
"Making the Corps" is a great story of transformation. It covers the 13-week transformation of young males into Marines. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Franklin
A good read. The biographical approach and the follow-up epilogues we'ren effective close.Published 6 months ago by Susan Smith
Ricks is a flaming, military-hating leftist "journalist." This fact comes shining through in his opinion of Reagan, Lt. Col. Read morePublished 7 months ago by David Jacobson
this order arrived as a book instead of a dvd...could be my FAULT FOR NOT READING THE FINE PRINT BEFORE PLACING THE ORDER... Read morePublished 7 months ago by wetdreams47