The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
R. Lee Ermey
Boot camp sucks – SEAL training sucks – but you know what? That’s what makes you good.
Boot camp was the first time I got a heavy dose of discipline. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
When I went through Marine boot camp in Paris Island, South Carolina, we actually did have bayonets that we trained with.
1. Billet over rank:
This was preached to the high heavens and in many cases it holds true. The military is a blend of rank and billet. You won’t win everything, sometimes rank just carries a little more, but at the same time you’re not supposed to let yourself be pushed around. There is a reason why you’re in said billet.
2. Request Mast:
It’s a tool. Don’t abuse it. Most conflicts can be solved before escalation with a cool mind, logical thought process, and having a better but realistic solution.
3. Plant seeds and shape:
Shape those that outrank you or will one day outrank you. Your leaders are your investment the same as those that follow you. You want to be led by the best.
4. Always fallback on Leadership 101:
Do what’s in the best interest of the mission and your people.
5. The “Enlisted/Officer Gap” is bridged by good leadership and brotherhood.
That about summarizes it.
“Wars may be started by the failings of humanity
But they are won
By the craft
Of the keen and intelligent minds that fight them”
USMC Sgt Brendan Bigney