Full…Metal…Jacket….Joker….”Lock and Load”
written by Emery Myers
Full Metal Jacket Helmet:
Peace and a machine-gun! That is American…the “duality of man” as Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Movie “Full Metal Jacket” implies, rather napalm-like! In your face and real, the first segment is unbelievably realistic to any of us old-time Marine Corps Veterans! Stanley Kubrick NAILED IT in the boot camp portion!
Get Some! U.S. Marine from the movie Full Metal Jacket. Full Metal Jacket GIF courtesy of Google Images
The movie is about a pragmatic U.S. Marine that observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal Marine Corps Boot Camp Training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.
This movie is a two-segmented look at the effect of the military mindset and war itself on Vietnam-Era-MARINES.
Private Pyle and the Best Scene of the Movie! image courtesy Google Images. Hard to believe that is Vincent D’onofrio playing the famous “Private Pyle”!
Vincent Philip D’Onofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor, director, film producer, writer, and singer. An accomplished character actor, he has been referred to as “The Human Chameleon” and is often referred to as an actor’s actor. He is known for his roles as Private Leonard Lawrence (“Gomer Pyle“) in the war film Full Metal Jacket, “Edgar” in Men in Black and Detective Robert Goren in the crime TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Article from HeRe.
Marine Corps Gunny Bitch Slap… R. Lee Ermey plays a Drill Instrutctor…
Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is an American actor, best known for his role as the austere Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He is a retired U.S. Marine and an honorary Gunnery Sergeant; during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor. This is why Full Metal Jacket is so historically correct on the Boot Camp segment…because that IS what Marine Boot Camp is really like!
Ermey has often been typecast for the roles of authority figures, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine,Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives, Police Captain in Seven, plastic army men leaderSarge in the Toy Story films, and the Warden in SpongeBob SquarePants.
He has hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers’ questions about various militaria both modern and historic; and Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons. More info on R. Lee Ermey HeRe!
Marine style haircut! I know, I’ve had MANY!
Screech….”Get the F#ck on my beloved Marine Corps Footsteps maggots!” Soon after fresh recruits here this phrase, in the middle of the night, recruits get their first Marine Corps Haircut! If you have any moles, they take them right off for ya! Ouch! I enjoyed watching the idiots with “mullets” and “rat-tails” the most, hey, what can I say, it was the early 1990s! Some of them actually cried! They learned quick not to cry after that!
Joker almost met his maker before he even went to Vietnam! Marine Corps Boot Camp lasts 3.5 months. The longest Boot Camp of all services. The Army is 2 months.
After Marines got out of Boot Camp, during my time, we went to another 4+ weeks of Marine Combat Training. Every Marine is a basic rifleman first! The Marine Corps is the smallest, most elite fighting force in the world! That’s why Marines have always been despised by the Army. Basic Rifleman Marines, which, all Marines are basic riflemen, are more elite than the Army airborne and all other Army special forces. This is simple fact. Force Recon Marines TRAIN Navy Seals! You never hear about this because you never hear about the Marines…thats how Marines operate and once you have earned the title Marine, this survivalistic, sometimes brutally aggressive quality, keeps you and yours safe! The United States Marine Corps made us what we are…Devil Dogs! Semper Fidelis…Always Faithful! First to go and the last to leave!
Devil Dogs…a title given to us by the Nazis! They named us this due to our relentless attack… our obsessive behavior imprinted on our Marine Corps brains during boot camp…our disciplined and horrific attacks…Fighting as we are possessed by all that is unholy…The Marines!
The Marine Corps is the only branch in the United States that CAN be sent to battle WITHOUT AN ACT OF CONGRESS! That’s because Marines are all Killers. That is what Marines do. This is why you don’t see fat Marines. If you drive onto any Army base, you will see fat Army personnel. Marines are held to higher standards, in every facet of the Marines training and lives! Discipline that was whipped into me, made me a United States Marine! OOH-RAH!!! Semper Fi Brothers and Sisters!
The most famous REAL Marine Corps Drill Instructor, Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey. Image courtesy of Google Images.
Long Live the Marines! Semper Fidelis Brothers and Sisters!
Thank you also to all that serve and have served. Thank you to the Army, AirForce, Navy, Coast-Guard and Marines! I hope you enjoyed these Full Metal Jacket gifs and short blog!