CHAPTER 6
Discipline Remastered:
Analyzing the Distinctive Methods used by
Drill Instructors in Popular Culture
Robert Shaw
Screenshot 6.1, R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Introduction
Boot camp and Officer Candidate School (OCS) begin with
what the Marine Corps calls pick-up,i which is the first time that recruits
and candidates are exposed to their drill instructors.ii For most Marines,
it is the most memorable day of their training experience. To describe
it with words would be disingenuous to the process, but it is the most
chaotic, stress-inducing day of recruits’ lives. While some recruits may
continue their training with harder, more intense courses after boot
camp, the initial transition from civilian to Marine is magnificent and
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