Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40, the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45, a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the Corp's recruiting depot in San Diego. The "making of Marines" is then described in Parris Island, South Carolina. Recruits are seen entering the depot and immediately being processed. At 3:30, a drill sergeant introduces them to the Corps, and the recruits walk past an Iwo Jima statue. At 4:16, the men strip and prepare for showers, and have their hair cut off at 4:30 (a la Full Metal Jacket). At 5:00 showers and then the men get new clothes. At 6:50, the men go to sleep, only to be awakened for physical exercise including the obstacle course and calisthenics. Close order drill is shown at 8:30. At 10:30, weapons are inspected by the Drill Sergeant. At 10:47, water training is shown and at 11:25, marksmanship and rifle practice with the M-1 Garand. Classroom instruction is shown at 13 minutes. At 14:30, Marines lift buckets as part of physical drills -- proving that you can use almost any heavy item for muscular benefit. At 15:00, hand to hand and bayonet drills are shown. At 17:44, final inspection is shown of the men who "made it" and are now able to proudly call themselves Marines. At 18:16 the final review march is shown at Parris Island. Semper Fi!
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