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More than 60 South Korean aircraft are taking part in the weeklong, biannual Soaring Eagle exercise.
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|Airman 1st Class Jack Teixeira’s superiors repeatedly warned him to stop “deep diving into intelligence information.”|
|That one scene in ‘Full Metal Jacket’ that convinced a lot of young Marines to enlist in the first place|
|The entire seven-minute scene is one prolonged dive into depravity, pain, and verbal abuse, but it also felt a little bit like a dare.|
While in basic training at Ft. Ord, California, I hade some interesting moments. We had a drill sergeant that was known as a bad ass. He drilled us extra every day.
We weren’t happy about it. I can’t tell how many times I had to go to KP duty.
But, as the 8 weeks went by I realized that my drill sergeant was just trying to make sure we were good soldiers, and I liked him for it.
I decided he was the boss, and did every command he gave me. I never hesitated. Towards the end of my time there I was nominated by the drill sergeant for soldier of the month. I had to ask him why he did it. He said, “You have been the most obedient soldier I have had this year and you deserve it.”
He later chose me to be in the honor marching band. What a great feeling when I was told that. The other soldiers really looked up to me.
The were some who weren’t good soldiers that kept getting into trouble. Most of them were draftees. One even tried to take on our drill sergeant. He didn’t do well. He was knocked unconscious.
Had some funny time while running out for formation. I had a buddy that had signed up with me that had a bad hair day. It was the weekend, and no one expected to be called for formation. My buddy certainly didn’t. He had every bit of his uniform clothing in the wash. He had to run out dripping wet. The sergeant made him come to the front of the formation, and we had to laugh in cadence. I felt badly for my buddy, but it was funny.
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