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Marines are different: distinct not only from ordinary U.S. citizens but from the ranks of the army, navy, and air force as well. The difference begins with boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, where the history and future of the United States Marine Corps intersect in the training of every new recruit. In Making the Corps, Ricks follows a platoon of young men through 11 grueling weeks of boot camp as their drill instructors indoctrinate them into the culture of the Few and the Proud. Many arrive at Parris Island undisciplined and apathetic; they leave as marines.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ricks, the Wall Street Journal's Pentagon correspondent, here follows a Marine Corps training platoon (#3086) from the arrival of the recruit bus at Parris Island, South Carolina, to graduation. The background he gives on most of the recruits is solid, but Ricks is also concerned with the recent history and present-day image of the corps. According to Ricks, what sets the Marines apart from other U.S. military services is its reliance on teamwork, discipline, and commitment. By following the 3086th through its first year, he not only shows how the new recruit is molded but paints a larger picture of the corps. John Wayne movies have shaped most Americans' image of the Marines?an image that, as Ricks shows, is not necessarily reality today. Highly recommended for all libraries, especially those with large historical collections.?Mark E. Ellis, Albany State Univ., Ga.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Look...Ricks attempted to give the Corps more respect yet what we all must understand is that he is/was a journalist and would not bite the hand that feeds him (the military... Read morePublished on Feb. 9 2004
Making the corps is the best marine book that i have ever read. im a high school student and im deciding if i want to go to the marines and this book help me decide that i want to... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2003
This book is an absolute necessity for anyone who is even in the slightest bit interested in enlisting in the corps, or learning about the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at... Read morePublished on Aug. 10 2003
This book truly brought back so many memories of what it was like going through Marine Corps Boot Camp (one of the toughest in the world, I might add). Read morePublished on July 25 2003 by A. Mendez
I enjoyed this book's descriptions of Marine Corps Boot Camp, but had a little more trouble with the author's analysis. Read morePublished on July 22 2003 by Richard J. Elgie Jr.
Thomas Ricks' Making the Corps is one of the best books on today's Marine Corps available. The book looks at the Corps from the perspective of following a cohort of recruits... Read morePublished on July 21 2003 by FrKurt Messick
This book give you a good picture of life in boot camp or MCRD Parris Island. The author Ricks follows a platoon through most of their training. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by xmarine
Making the Corps is a fair and realistic documentary about the bootcamp experience of platoon 3086 on Parris Island. Read morePublished on July 10 2003 by bcf
THis book excels in vividy describing the marine basic training at parris island. the only thing i didnt like about it was that sometimes when it was halfway through a chapter it... Read morePublished on June 13 2003 by carter ramsey