I love how the drill sergeant sweetly tells the female recruit or soldier or whatever they call them in the army "don't you see the open phone booth?" my first thought was jesus you're not talking to your girlfriend you're talking to a f-cking recruit....scream at them until you're head explodesI served 6 years as an MP in the Marine Corps. I was in tears laughing so hard at the meathead at the recruit depot. We had a few like that at MCRD that drew all the attention.
The Army is quite a bit different. I remember a time when I was training at Fort McClellan in Aniiston, AL for MP school and small weapons. We had a detach right down the road from a basic training barracks. Watching those recruits at the chow hall was amazing. Those drill sergeants didn't raise there voices at all. There didn't seem to be any discipline what so ever.
One of our instructors came directly from the drill field. We were all lance corporals and above and we would get yelled at and get more P.T. then most of those recruits.
I even saw a "stress" card while I was there. The recruits get to wave it if they feel they are being overloaded.
Numbers make no difference unless were talking about China. Training, discipline, morals, and standards do. We certainly cant have the largest Armed Forces in the world, so In order to maintain superiority we should have the best trained Armed Forces in the world. It's not like they are pushing all of them through one or two training posts. There are plenty of Basic Training post to accommodate and properly train all of the Army's recruiting quota without laxed standards. I'm not saying that the Army or any other branch is to blame, the Marine Corps has fallen victim to bureaucratic BS just as much as everyone else. The Drill Instructors, Drill Sergeants, & TI's are just on the bottom of the totem pole with everyone over them looking over there shoulder making sure that there isnt a Recruit or Trainee on the 6 o'clock news saying he got his feelings hurt. It's gonna suck when his face hurts after he gets shot because training has taken a back seat to crying on mommies shoulder.You know basic training for combat arms is different. The Army is more like a corporation than an Army. You do understand how many more people go thru the Army's basic training than the Marines do. The Army alone has a recruiting goal of 80,000 a year and than you have the Reserve and National Guard. You almost have the size of the Marines going thru basic each year.