Originally posted by Cappa
Marines, eh? heh, I thought about the Marines, but I'm more focused on doing Intel-type work so I'm tryin to do Intel Analyst or CI.
Personally, I like my personality, and IMO, the Marines try to break all that down and 'reprogram' you. IMO.
Actually, I find the Marines don't reprogram you. Rather, they show you who you really are. They pretty much turn the whole idea of "self" upside
down. For example, they teach that just because you're a good student, doesn't mean that's who you are. Even if you're the best athlete in the
world, that's not who you are. Their who concept of self is that you're a human who is then willing to be an athlete, student, whatever. Human
first, then job second. They teach you to recognize what you are rather than what you can become. I like that, because it goes against the whole
utilitarian philosophy of modern society.
I see the Army's problem as the opposite. Ever wonder why so many are leaving the army but none are leaving the Marines? The army doesn't instill
that sort of truth in you. The army is more like a civilian workforce that tries to be a team. It just puts you in the team instead of making the team
work. Also, ever wonder why army people say "I'm IN the army," while Marines say, "I AM a Marine?"
Individualism and rhetoric of teamwork doesn't help in the military. Marines are all about teamwork, but the recognize it starts within the person,
rather than all the people collectively. Strange, the Marines sound more like a religious cult now.