Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels/US Marine Corps

The video is simple and light-hearted. A U.S. Marine lance corporal stands next to a Korean private first class. They introduce each other, then they both start beatboxing for about a minute.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Samantha K. Braun

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U.S. Air Force photo / Senior Airman Donald Hudson.

There’s an old saying about opinions. This family-friendly reporter cannot repeat it, but the punchline is, “Everyone has got one.”

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Maximilian Uriarte

It seems to me that that in military circles, The Hurt Locker was the most hated film in recent years. I confess I really don’t understand why. I mean, you all seem to love Top Gun.  

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Maximilian Uriarte

In 2010, when Maximilian Uriarte created Terminal Lance, the comic strip represented institutional heresy, utterly antithetical to the tailored public image of the Marine Corps. Marines were not portrayed as steely-eyed warriors in pitched firefights, heroically defending the American Way. Instead, Uriarte portrays the unfiltered satirical perspective of the average day enlisted Marine infantryman – equal parts absurd, mundane, and profound.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Aaron Bolser

It’s official: The Marine Corps is adding a fourth phase to recruit training. In an Oct. 12 video, the service briefly laid out its plans for the new two-week phase a week after Task & Purpose first reported that the plan was under consideration.

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