Semper Bellum Episode 03 Immersion Guide: Boot Camp and the Military Onboarding Experience

0:00 – 1:09 Introduction

Veterans Crisis Line (copied directly from

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and Service members in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Dial 988 and Press 1, 24/7.

Chat online.

Text to 838255.

War Vet Call Center

Call 1-877-927-8387, 24/7 to reach the Vet Center Call Center and talk about your military experience or other concerns during your transition from military to civilian life. The team is comprised of Veterans from several eras as well as family members of Veterans.

Women Veterans Call Center

The Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) provides VA services and resources to women Veterans, their families, and caregivers. You can also chat online anonymously with a WVCC representative.

Call 1-855-VA-Women (1-855-829-6636) 8 a.m.–10 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday;8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. ET, Saturday.

1:10 – 2:05 — Welcome to RTC Great Lakes

Navy boot camp, always evolving… never changing:

The Late, Great, R Lee Ermey

I met R Lee Ermey when he spent a day filming an episode of “Mail Call” aboard the USS Nimitz in 2003. He was a complete class act. They gave him control of the ship’s 1MC (that’s the PA and intercom system that runs throughout the entire vessel) and we got to spend a day at war listening to the voice of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman making announcements. That was a very strange, surreal experience.

Via Wikimedia Commons: R Lee Ermey observes flight ops aboard the USS Nimitz, May 2003

2:05 – 7:40 — Intensive Training and Pissing Myself for Freedom

Eight count body builders:

7:40 – 14:00 — Full Metal Jacket

The original 1987 theatrical trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece:

Check out this article in the Sydney Morning Herald about “How R. Lee Ermey created his memorable Full Metal Jacket role.

Warrior culture was predatory toward children in ancient times and beyond. Check out this example called “Agoge” about the Spartan education system on the World History Encyclopedia. History is littered with man/boy warrior paradigms and all the horror that go along with them from nearly every civilization. These traditions persist in the form of hazing and extrajudicial punishments in modern military culture.

Read: A National Study Comparing the Environments of Boot Camps With Traditional Facilities for Juvenile Offenders

Read: Putin Orders Draft of Reservists for Ukraine War, Threatens Nuclear Response

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal:

14:00 – 15:20 — Closing thoughts and outro

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