But isn't boot camp supposed to be hard?
When The Husband went through it almost 4 years ago, it was a mind f***. Three people tried to kill themselves because it was so bad. There were no cell phones, no text messages, no off time or off days. Just the tearing down so one could be built back up.
I see people talking about their significant others experiences in boot camp (or whatever the branch they are attempting to get into calls it), and all I can think is "Are you for real...?" They have access to their cell phones once a week, down time, free time.
I mean, I guess I understand why drill instructors have to be so easy on recruits now: any one wrong move and that person and/or their family writes a letter to their congressman and that DI's career and life are basically ruined. But do these people not understand what boot camp IS? It's not supposed to be a vacation. You're supposed to cry, you're supposed to hurt, you're supposed to be broken.
It totally makes sense to me why the new kids coming into the Corps don't know rank structure (for real... The Husband dealt with some boots that didn't know the enlisted rank structure), have no respect for officers or those of higher enlisted rank than them, they don't know their jobs... they aren't learning anything because they just don't care. And they have no reason to, they can't be disciplined or corrected without the correcting Marine fearing a report.
Luckily, The Husband worked with a few boots in Florida that seemed to have their stuff together, so there is hope! :)
But really, CELL PHONES? Come on.