I’ve heard my share of stories from Marines who served “back in the day” about how the basic training that Marines go through today is not as rough as the training they went through back in the 60s, 50s, 40s, whenever.
The classic portrayal of Marines basic training in popular culture is probably the film Full Metal Jacket. In this movie, the recruits are called maggots, pukes, faggots, cocksuckers, and various other degrading names. Some of them are beaten physically by their drill instructor. But I have been told by many Marines - some of them who are my age, and some of them who are from older generations - that the training now is supposedly “soft” somehow compared to how it used to be.
They say that:
Drill instructors are not allowed to use curse words
They are no longer allowed to beat recruits physically
Anyone who does these things will be punished by the higher ups
There is no more tolerance for hazing from fellow recruits
How much truth is there to all of this? Can anyone who has been through it weigh in?