- Hardcover: 195 pages
- Publisher: Praeger; First Edition edition (April 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0275972224
- ISBN-13: 978-0275972226
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of Us: Officers of Marines--Their Training, Traditions, and Values First Edition Edition
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"Social scientists will wish there were some expository notes and willl regret that the index and bibliography are cursory. This will not diminish the enjoyment of readers who want to be reassured that essential ethic of the marine corps endures and is being passed on to future generations of Marine leaders."-Proceedings
"One of Us is a solid line of departure for further examination of how the Corps selects, screens, and indoctrinates its officers. It reinforces what Xenophon wrote centuries ago, "No one can be a good officer who does not undergo more than those he commands.""-Marine Corps Gazette
?One of Us is a solid line of departure for further examination of how the Corps selects, screens, and indoctrinates its officers. It reinforces what Xenophon wrote centuries ago, "No one can be a good officer who does not undergo more than those he commands."?-Marine Corps Gazette
?Social scientists will wish there were some expository notes and willl regret that the index and bibliography are cursory. This will not diminish the enjoyment of readers who want to be reassured that essential ethic of the marine corps endures and is being passed on to future generations of Marine leaders.?-Proceedings
"It's a must read for...anyone who is trying to understand the changes that have made the Corps today a finer fighting force than it has ever been."-Ed Fouhy, stateline.org
About the Author
JACK RUPPERT is Director of Ruppert Associates of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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He was equally adept at reporting the data or ruminating over its meaning. He allowed the "old-timers" and the current officer candidates room to speak for themselves. He revealed a limited personal history which gave the necessary credentials for authorship and authenticity, establishing that this book could only have been written by a Marine Officer. But he exercised restraint against the possible temptation to craft an autobiography, thereby providing material depth and breadth.
From the initial premise to his conclusions, Mr. Ruppert holds the reader's attention, never going overboard with assumptions that can't be supported. Most fundamentally he tells a good story. He describes the surroundings, past and present, provides humorous and touching vignettes and establishes historical background on both generations to guarantee the reader's understanding of the importance of his title.
In a moving final gesture in the last pages, Mr. Ruppert demonstrates the continuing respect, spirit and camaraderie that continue once a person has become ONE OF US.
Highly recommend for anyone leaving for OCS or wanting to know more about the Marine Core Officer program.
Ruppert's approach is to compare-and-contrast his own experience at The Basic School in 1956 with those of a class in 2000. He combines stories from his classmates with his own observations, studies with statistics, in-their-own-words reminiscences with as-it-happens reports from officer candidates ... in short, Ruppert gives us a pretty well-rounded look at what Marine officer training is all about. He doesn't employ the common technique of following specific individuals through training from start to finish, and consequently this book comes across as somewhat less personal -- in the sense of containing portraits of distinct individuals. However, he makes up for that not only with a wide breadth of coverage, but also a very personal stroll down his own memory lane.
One of the impressions that comes across most strongly in this book is that Marine Corps officer training is not only physical -- though it is incredibly, intensely, physical -- but also ethical, moral, and perhaps surprisingly to some, intellectual. Far from the stereotype some may have of the Marine as a redneck automaton killing machine (thank you, "A Few Good Men"), Ruppert shows how the Corps in fact emphasizes personal initiative, innovation, even, dare we say, intellectualism.
Ruppert's subtitle makes an important point, one he develops further in his text. OCS and TBS are concerned not just with creating "Marine officers," but more importantly, "officers of Marines": men and women worthy of the Marines whom they will be leading. How this exacting training is carried out, and how and why it has changed over the years, is the focus of this most interesting title. I recommend it to any reader with an interest in the Corps.