I don't stand by the mindless abuse that happens to boots in the infantry. It is ridiculous and should be put to an end. I also don't stand by the change that is taking place. If I can no longer discipline my Marine to the points that I feel he will trust and obey me in combat, as well as be pushed hard enough to be dependable in combat, then I don't want to go to combat with him.
I hate to segregate, as I have no problem with any other branch of service or MOS, but things have to work a certain way in the infantry. My life is in the hands of these kids I was training and I wasn't allowed to train them. I appreciate and respect the service of you gentlemen who have gone in WAY before me. You did more with less and I respect you in a way I don't even have for my fellow generation of Marines. Yet if you were in back in the 80s, which I have no idea what it was like aside from stories, then I must ask how you know what it is like now. I had fellow Marines go to the brig for making a kid do pushup and his mother literally called the CO of the entire Battalion. Pushups, people. In the Marine Corps haha
Vietnam and the World Wars were beasts that I could never even begin to fathom and I don't pretend to. Those Marines were a different breed than us Iraq and Afghanistan vets, tougher and did more with less, by far. Yet that doesn't mean I didn't need to train my boots for Afghan. We lost a lot of guys and limbs as a whole over there and I have to say if regular discipline and training would have been implemented we would have been better off. Crap still happens. It's war. But I guarantee you the Marines we left in charge when I got out were not able to train their new Marines to an acceptable standard.
I don't care if you say the change doesn't matter or not. If you're not in in the past 5-10 years then how do you know? And if you're not a combat vet or infantryman than I'm sorry but while I still respect you how can you talk on something that isn't your job? Please hear that I don't hate on other MOS Marines, but the Infantry is different. It's life or death and training is important. The change does suck and Marines are ill prepared because of it. No one who has been in the Marine Corps Infantry recently and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan that I personally know of will say otherwise. Some will, but I haven't met them personally. Everyone I've talked to says the same thing.