To better understand Marines, lace up your combat boots

Pontydysgu, Apr 05, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

OK, this item (via Joanne Jacobs) is just a PR stunt. A week at boot camp won't even help the educators learn about boot camp, let alone learn about vets. But as I was having negative thoughts, it got me to thinking. First, I asked myself who paid for the boot camp, since it's expensive? Then I thought, why do they reserve boot camp for people who are going to become soldiers? Wouldn't it be useful for everybody, even if they don't intend to drive a Hummer or a tank? Why not make it a basic service that the military offers the community as a whole - to get basic fitness, survival training, self-defense. No long-term committments (but if you'll sign up to help the community in the future, we'll gladly take your name). And for the full length (I think it's six weeks?) not just a one-week sampler. It it were offered that way (especially with an incentive to employers to grant time off) I'd be there for that.

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