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Watch This Hilarious New Video On 3 Marines’ Life, Liberty, Loss Of Motivation
For enlisted troops of all branches, and Marines in particular, your last few moments of block leave are soul crushing. A Jan. 6 video by the trio of Marines that make up Terminal Boots — Lance Cpls. Deacon Gerard, John Davis and Joseph Jewett — perfectly captures the three different types of leave blocks Marines have during their enlistment.
There’s the guy who downplays his leave because he doesn’t want his buddies to know that he went full-moto, because you never go full moto.
Played by Gerard, he spends his entire time home drunkenly regaling civilian buddies with stories of Marine Corps life, but leaves out the field days, daily ass chewings, and 0500 wake ups. Instead it’s all room clearing, ranges, and explosions. Suddenly, the things that have become a daily chore and boring routine are all he wants to talk about. His motivation is reborn, thanks to being the only Marine in a room filled with beer bongs and endless shots of whiskey.
Then, there’s Jewett, who plays the guy that tells his buddies about all “the crazy shit” he did at home. He talks about brawls and days filled with out-of-control drinking. The reality is that he spent his leave working out, reading, and generally being a perfect Marine.
Finally, there’s the Marine who’s just counting the days, played by Davis.
Set to the haunting score of Johann van Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” he walks around like a ghost, with a thousand-yard stare born from too many negative counseling statements, maybe even a non-judicial punishment or two, and a general disillusionment with the Corps.
“There are no more barriers to cross,” says Davis, in a overly dramatic narration. “My morale, my motivation, my hopes, disappeared a long time ago, probably in [Infantry Training Battalion], if they ever did exist.”
In time, every enlisted Marine will spend at least one leave block as one of these versions.
Watch the full video by Terminal Boots below.
Now you can relive the glory days of screaming "fire for effect" before lobbing rounds down range, and you can do it from the comfort of your own backyard, or living room, without having to worry that some random staff sergeant is going to show up and chew you out for your unsat face scruff and Johnny Bravo 'do.
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
Sen. Rick Scott is backing a bipartisan bill that would allow service members to essentially sue the United States government for medical malpractice if they are injured in the care of military doctors.
The measure has already passed the House and it has been introduced in the Senate, where Scott says he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
"As a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our military members, veterans and their families is my top priority," the Florida Republican said in a statement.