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Tuesday September 06, 2005
11:33 PM

MREs -- now with steroids...

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Years ago, after graduating from high school, I considered joining the Marines as a means of getting a college education.    I went to the recruiting office and took the "written test" and was scheduled to take a physical exam weeks later.    The timely arrival of a college acceptance letter with an offer of a scholarship diverted me away from the military.

Thinking back, I doubt I would have made it through boot camp.    I was fit and trim from having been on the swim team but I never did have the physique for any "real combat".

At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, when I visited there on vacation, I saw The. Biggest. Guard. Ever.    He had a shaved head, crisp uniform, big stompy boots -- except that he barely made any sound as he patrolled back and forth -- and precise turns made while carrying a rifle.    Not the rat-tat-tat automatic weapon kind of rifle -- the kind with bolt-action that makes a satisfying click-click sound (or so I imagine from seeing countless action movies, as I've never fired a gun).

What brought this to mind was seeing the funeral procession of William Rehnquist, the late Supreme Court Justice, on television this morning.   His pall bearers were his former clerks. I'm not saying all his clerks eventually found desk jobs where their daily routine now involve lifting items no heavier than a briefcase -- I'll just say that they seem a bit strained while transporting the casket.   Contrast that to the funeral of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President, whose coffin was carried, seemingly effortlessly, by marching military guards.

Either the recruiters for the armed forces have a great screening process to pick out the biggest, strongest guys, or they're putting steroids into MREs (yup, steroids).
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  • I was never on any kind of sports team. I am 5'11" and when I went into bootcamp I was 220lbs of tub. I came out of bootcamp at a fit and trim 163lbs and you couldn't stop me. I ended up on the All Marine Judo team, went to the nationals, was meritoriously promoted while in the Marines, went through the first Gulf war and did 6 years before getting out.

    I don't say this to brag. I say it to say that if a person has the determination to do something, it can be done.

    I am very proud that I served.

    • I went thru boot camp in the Army and then their infantry training. (for the National Guard)

      Two years later I went thru the Air Force boot camp (active duty), which... compared to the Army training was essentially a paperwork drill.

      I say it to say that if a person has the determination to do something, it can be done.

      The reason I point out what I did was for point of reference.

      If you went thru the Marine boot camp sixty pounds overweight... and survived... you were most determined indeed!

      That is an accompli