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better than expected
on October 22, 2013
It was better than expected. Not over-hyped. Not a recruiting video. The Marines and civilians that were interviewed behaved and talked like real people. They interviewed a good cross section of Marines (active and retired, old and young). I've see other military DVDs where there was a lot of hype, blaring/dramatic music, lots of computer aided graphics, etc. Thankfully, this was not the case with this DVD.
The DVD seemed to show the realities of becoming a Marine. It showed the enlisted man's perspective as well as the Officer Candidate School (OCS). Most of it showed some of the rigors that the men underwent during basic training and OCS. Part of the program was was devoted to historical segments from past wars.
The worst part was the segment on female Marines. The females talked it up like they did everything the males did, but it was a lie. They never showed females undergoing the same training as males. To start with, the females were NOT forced to have their heads shaved; nope, Rapunzel gets to keep her nice head of hair. And then they talked about leveling the playing field for females by using technology. The interviewers were polite about it, but essentially they were saying that females are second rate Marines. If females want to be known as first rate Marines, then they must perform the EXACT same rigors as the male Marines, including front-line combat. Anything other than total equality is substandard. And that includes getting their heads shaved.
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