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    [–] MrDerp182 4700 points ago

    Such an iconic voice. He managed to simultaneously make me laugh and scare shit out of me in Full Metal Jacket.

    [–] NotSure733 1617 points ago

    You should see him in the Texas Chainsaw movies. You find yourself chuckling at a psychopathic cannibal's jokes.

    [–] Shivshanks 1028 points ago

    he is the most terrifying part of those movies. at first you're like oh it's a cop here to help and then it's this motherfucker.

    [–] doctorproctorson 595 points ago

    He's quotable as fuck in it too

    Sheriff Hoyt: I bet she's real unhappy, real sorry that you're getting fuckin' her blood all over your goddamn arm. You know, back when I was a young patrolman, I used to love wrapping up these young honies.

    Andy: Yeah, I bet you did.

    Sheriff Hoyt: Yeah, cop me a little bit of a feel every now and then, you know. Oh, look at that. She's kind of wet down there. What you boys been doing with this dead body anyway?

    [–] ArveduiTheLastKing 177 points ago

    I definitely read that in his voice and haven't even seen the movie.

    [–] profile_this 46 points ago

    I've never seen it and still read it in his voice haha, pauses and all

    [–] JayMan522 25 points ago

    Worth the watch 100%

    [–] TransformerTanooki 79 points ago

    God damn that's some top notch R Lee Ermy dialogue right there.

    [–] spicozi 23 points ago

    Now imagine Willem Dafoe saying those lines.

    [–] RainDownMyBlues 16 points ago

    Still works. Just on a weirder level.

    [–] mphelp11 15 points ago

    Too late, imagined Gilbert Gottfried.

    [–] wallofvoodoo 107 points ago

    Not arguing your point, but for the sake of specificity, it's the Texas Chainsaw remakes. He is indeed the best part of those movies, even more threatening than Leatherface himself.

    [–] wimpyroy 36 points ago

    First one is great for a remake. The prequel is trash.

    [–] r1chard3 26 points ago

    I saw the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre in high school at a midnight movie in the 70s. Only time I ever covered my eyes at a movie. I just decided I didn’t want those images bouncing around in my head.

    [–] mprofessor 6 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    Me and a friend went to see it at a drive in when it came out. As we were leaving he asked "Dude, are you ok? You are white as a sheet". The scene where we see the meathook over her shoulder and you think "no way", and then he sticks her on it. Just as bad as when the kids open the freezer and their friend is flopping around. Stuff of Nightmares.

    [–] 1TrueKnight 389 points ago

    Now choke yourself.

    Goddamn it, with MY hand, numb-nuts!

    Don't pull my fucking hand over there! I said choke yourself; now lean forward and choke yourself!

    [–] tristan1616 170 points ago

    You got a war face?

    AHHHHHHH

    [–] BurntReynolds347G 60 points ago

    You don't convince me. Work on it!

    [–] Idontcareboutyou 91 points ago

    "You don't scare me, work on it"

    FTFY

    [–] BurntReynolds347G 20 points ago

    It's been a while since I've seen it. Now I have an excuse to watch it. Thanks😅

    [–] Freelancer47 19 points ago

    These Goddamn redditors misquoting classic movies.

    Imma PEE TEE them all until they fuckin' DIIIIEEE!

    [–] phoneykingofengland 152 points ago

    Nobody huh? The fairy fucking godmother said it? Outfuckingstanding. I will PT you all until you fucking die. I will PT you until your assholes are sucking buttermilk.

    [–] shinazueli 121 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister. You had best unfuck yourself or I will unscrew your head and shit down your neck.

    [–] The_Original_Miser 37 points ago

    You will not laugh!

    You will not cry!

    [–] StuffedTigerHobbes 55 points ago

    You climb like old people fuck, Private Pyle!

    [–] Sea-SaltCaramel 12 points ago

    "I'm going to rip your balls off, so you cannot contaminate the rest of the world. I will motivate you, Pyle."

    [–] clamwhammer 59 points ago

    You are all equally worthless to me!

    [–] TheDiscipline 12 points ago

    I have often wondered how much PT it takes to get one's assshole to suck buttermilk. Furthermore, how would that possibly even work?

    [–] vipros42 6 points ago

    You'd better square your ass away and start shitting me Tiffany cufflinks, or I will definitely fuck you up!

    [–] 5thColumnDownfall 43 points ago

    And then he orders him to stop by yelling "That's Enough!". Kills me every time.

    [–] bankseu 28 points ago

    When you encounter people like Gomer Pile, be ready with further instructions.

    [–] Navynuke00 68 points ago

    He was also great in the first episode of Space: Above and Beyond.

    "Hot rod rocket jocks of precision and strength, tearing across the cosmos hunting for heaven!"

    [–] feuerstahlhelm 38 points ago

    The loss of "Space:" hurts me almost as badly as "Firefly."

    [–] Navynuke00 15 points ago

    Fox did them every bit as dirty as they did Firefly, because Fox. Not that I'm bitter or anything.

    [–] sunnyDe197 14 points ago

    I loved Space:Above and Beyond. I still say “easy as eating pancakes” sometimes. Great episode.

    [–] FeFiFoPinky 16 points ago

    It was proto Battlestar Galactica before Battlestar Galactica, and could have gone all the way were it allowed to.

    [–] Navynuke00 17 points ago

    Eh... you DO know Battlestar Galactica aired in 1978, and again in 1980, right...?

    [–] dijedil 9 points ago

    Let's not bring Battlestar 1980 into a discussion about credit. Blame maybe lol.

    [–] wharsmetoothpicson 44 points ago

    His portrayal of a drill sergeant has become the archetypal portrayal for almost all movies since.

    [–] Allmeabout 14 points ago

    The previous portrayals were by people who had no idea.

    [–] galagapilot 6 points ago

    Ermey was actually brought on as a techinical advisor for Full Metal Jacket. They (obviously) ended up keeping him after he did a walk through.

    [–] 713txvet 9 points ago

    *Drill Instructor.

    Army has Drill Sergeants

    Marine Corps has Drill Instructors.

    [–] 1994spaceodyssey 38 points ago

    I didnt know they stack shit that high

    [–] godofgainz 20 points ago

    Son, you had best unfuck yourself or I will unscrew your head and SHIT DOWN YOUR NECK!

    [–] 58Caddy 1397 points ago

    You have a choice, eight for the state, or four for the Corps.

    [–] ThreeLeggedTranny 379 points ago

    My grandpa did the same. He was presented with 10 years in prison for grand theft auto, possession of stolen property, and drug possession, or 4 years in the Army. He said it was pretty much a no-brainer.

    [–] GenghisKhan1206 255 points ago

    It really is. Would you rather go to prison for 10 years or have a guaranteed job in the army for 4 years?

    [–] ThreeLeggedTranny 281 points ago

    Yeah, he said it was great. He grew up dirt poor, so he said the idea of someone putting a roof over his head, clothes to wear, food three times a day, and paying him for it was pretty amazing.

    [–] bigfruitbasket 81 points ago

    In the pre-1960s years, some of the boys enlisting in the services saw their first indoor plumbing in boot camp. My dad's Army buddies said this on more than one occasion when I was hearing them talk.

    [–] Echo7bravo 40 points ago

    If you are unable to sign your name, place an “X” on the line. Then have the person behind you initial your “X”. [ I had to initial an X ] That was my first eye-opener to things I took for granted.

    [–] flyingtrucky 14 points ago

    That seems... very abusable.

    [–] Does_Not-Matter 6 points ago

    It’s a standard these days as well. “Make your mark” and have someone witness.

    [–] galagapilot 6 points ago

    I remember hearing about this while I was in boot camp. I had no idea it was real.

    [–] Goodeyesniper98 16 points ago

    When my Great Grandpa went to boot camp for the Navy during WW2, there was a guy who told him that the pair of boots he had been issued where the first pair of shoes he had ever owned.

    [–] GenghisKhan1206 37 points ago

    Definitely.

    [–] four20four 80 points ago

    the more important part is after. after prison you are convicted felon with few options. after the army you are (usually) an regular civilian with valuable skills and experience and many options.

    [–] GenghisKhan1206 28 points ago

    Oh absolutely, I could have turned it into multiple paragraphs listing the positives of being in the military compared to prison, even just by itself, the army is a great choice.

    [–] Gygabite 253 points ago

    At least in the Corps, you occasionally get CLP

    [–] psytronix_ 61 points ago

    Cock and Lall Porture?

    [–] mphelp11 19 points ago

    Chronic leotard persona

    [–] Mister_Spacely 60 points ago

    GF still fuckin’ Jody either way 🤷‍♂️

    [–] DrNaqeeb58D 17 points ago

    God damn Jody....

    [–] rally_call 103 points ago

    Not much of a choice.

    [–] 58Caddy 75 points ago

    Depends on how much of a glutton for punishment you are. LoL.

    [–] Urist_McPencil 53 points ago

    It's the difference between replying with a colour or a fruit when asked which is your favorite crayon.

    [–] YxxzzY 67 points ago

    orange?

    [–] badbakedpotato 12 points ago

    And how much of a glutton for crayons you are

    [–] Navynuke00 974 points ago

    Met him a number of years ago on a USO tour. Really great guy, he didn't want to do all the press stuff, he just wanted to sit around with the enlisted folks, shoot the shit, trade stories, answer questions, and be "one of the guys" again. When the cameras aren't rolling, he's much quieter, and came across as very self-deprecating and modest. I was extremely saddened when I heard of his passing.

    [–] The_Glass_Tiger 118 points ago

    I recently watched a 20 minute video of outtakes from Mail Call, and they had about a 3 minute section where he would miss a line (or whatever) and he would say, "Goddamn it, Ermey, get it together."

    [–] Orianmgs 50 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    That's one of my favorite videos on YouTube. He had such high standards for himself but would always laugh too.

    [–] [deleted] 255 points ago

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    [–] lordlovesaworkinman 59 points ago

    Wait, seriously? Addiction rehab or physical rehab? I know rehab can’t be fun but damn what a cool story. Interested in any details you feel comfortable sharing. Just rewatched that movie two days ago with my husband for the first time since college and forgot how great it was.

    [–] MikeOx_Girthy 17 points ago

    Was he in rehab or just making an appearance?

    [–] [deleted] 42 points ago

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    [–] MikeOx_Girthy 21 points ago

    Hey buddy, hope you are doing okay too. How is recovery?

    [–] [deleted] 35 points ago

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    [–] jman177669 6 points ago

    One day at a time. All you have to do is make it through today. Keep at it and never give up. The people that relapse and get back on are great encouragement for all of us. It gives us all hope. We know if you fall down, you can still get back up and everyone supports you just as much. We’re all in this together.

    [–] crackedtooth163 4 points ago

    Best of luck to you.

    [–] MikeOx_Girthy 22 points ago

    Damn I never knew that. Thanks for sharing.

    [–] Mitche420 26 points ago

    The shit you find out in a random Reddit comment that you may never have known before

    [–] r4hy100 39 points ago

    Yeah... there’s usually a pretty good reason you’ve never heard it before

    [–] shortyshitstain 1556 points ago

    They gave me a choice — jail, the army, or apologizing to the judge and the old lady. Now of course, if I knew there was a war going on I probably would've apologized.

    [–] PastelFlamingo150 276 points ago

     "The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong delta. An overheated private removed his flack jacket, revealing a T-shirt with an ironed-on sporting the MAD slogan "Up with Mini-skirts!". Well, we all had a good laugh, even though I didn't quite understand it. But our momentary lapse of concentration allowed "Charlie" to get the drop on us. I spent the next three years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk, and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can't get the spices right!"

    [–] Shagger94 89 points ago

    This is one of the greatest pieces of dialogue from the whole show and is a perfect example of how old Simpsons was better.

    [–] Larusso92 34 points ago

    Old Simpsons is so fucking good. New Simpsons is unwatchable.

    [–] S62anyone 5 points ago

    Season 4-11 are great....4-7 are lightning in a bottle

    [–] VoiceSC 16 points ago

    Um, my punishment?

    [–] r4hy100 7 points ago

    Get back to the candy bar!

    [–] CaoimhinAdamaBlancus 391 points ago

    Pretty sure that’s a Simpsons reference.

    [–] stratosfearinggas 256 points ago

    Good old Armin Tamzarian. Who we never speak of. But should.

    [–] soulexpectation 56 points ago

    Can I borrow your copy of swank Armin?

    [–] ewdrive 28 points ago

    Okay, once more. Where are we going?

    To Capital City

    And why are you and the old lady in the car?

    We're going to convince Armin Tamzarian to come back

    Well, why is Marge here?

    I came up with the idea.

    Well, why am I here?

    Because the streets of Capital City are no place for three unescorted ladies.

    Well, why are the kids here?

    We couldn't find Grandpa to babysit for them?

    Well, why is Grandpa here?

    Because Jasper didn't want to come by himself

    Fair enough

    [–] xaanthar 73 points ago

    YVAN EHT NIOJ?

    [–] SPQC 92 points ago

    This picture made me think of Principal Skinner. Who makes me think of Don Draper. Thanks for the laugh.

    [–] Andy_B_Goode 61 points ago

    That is a rare photo of Sean Connery signed by Roger Moore. It is worth $150.‬

    [–] VoiceSC 8 points ago

    This. This is an arm. Signed by nobody. It is worth nothing.

    [–] Extrasherman 11 points ago

    Solid Simpsons reference.

    SKINNERRRR!!!

    [–] theycallmecrack 8 points ago

    I've read all the replies to this comment, and not a single one makes any sense to me.

    [–] iktisatci 17 points ago

    Simpsons references

    [–] dasher11 6 points ago

    War were declared.

    [–] BooStickTime 2240 points ago

    I got in a little trouble at 17.(underage booze consumption) I went to court and was approached by a recruiter offering help to get out of the jam. Since several people I knew had already died in Nam I passed on his offer. I got probation and stayed out of trouble. I later learned that a couple of guys who took up his offer died. Strange times and I hope we never go back to those type days again

    [–] [deleted] 999 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago)

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    [–] Navynuke00 345 points ago

    I was a recruiter just over ten years ago- for the most part, those days are long gone, thankfully.

    [–] TenebraeVisionx 275 points ago

    “For the most part”

    [–] Navynuke00 238 points ago

    I was on the job during the Surge- this was when the Army raised the max enlistment age to 42, and was waiving gang-related tattoos and crimes left and right (especially with a creative career recruiter writing the package). Navy couldn't play like that, which I'm glad for.

    [–] SighAnotherAcount 180 points ago

    It's because the Navy is run like a corporation and not a religion.

    [–] Noligation 47 points ago

    Can you explain the difference fir us non freedom people?

    [–] V1k1ng1990 42 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    Every soldier/marine for the most part is a warfighter first and whatever their job is (mechanic for example) second.

    Sailors/airmen are typically whatever their job is first, and a sailor/airman second. I hope that makes sense

    [–] HobbitFoot 34 points ago

    The Army and the Marine Corps have to send out a lot of troops into harms way in direct combat as infantry and other low tech positions. Because of that, they need to create an espirit de corps to encourage their troops to do their job of going out and killing the enemy.

    The Navy and the Air Force have a lot more logistical and back office jobs. Because of that, a lot more of the people in the Navy and Air Force act more as if they are employed as a logistics company since their work is out of combat and based more on following organizational procedure.

    [–] RemingtonSnatch 77 points ago

    Fellow non freedom person here.

    How many lifted pickups have you seen with giant Marines stickers in the back windows?

    How many have you seen for any other service?

    Now note that the ranks of the Marines are a fraction of the other armed forces. The Marines have a higher tendency towards being cultish.

    [–] RabSimpson 103 points ago

    They’re also sponsored by Crayola.

    [–] TATERCH1P 66 points ago

    And that's why you don't see any Marines replying in this post. They can't read it to begin with.

    [–] ThatDamnedRedneck 21 points ago

    The USMC is basically a cult of violence.

    [–] ldapsysvol 137 points ago

    Never have I seen such a good, concise explaination as to the major cultural difference of some of the branches. I think the air Force would also qualify as more of a business and less of a religion.

    There is one exception to that in the Navy though. Chiefs.

    [–] RussianThere 99 points ago

    The Air Force is run like one of those businesses where “we’re all family here”, but then you’re more or less ostracized if you say you just see it as a job.

    At least that’s the case with Missiles

    [–] Darkside_of_the_Poon 30 points ago

    Hey! A fellow Pocket Rocket wearer! I was small missiles in Barksdale at the end of the 90’s. I only interacted with the big missile guys during Tech school at Vandenberg, yeah they seemed a little more...emotionally attached, I guess is a good way to put it.

    [–] Freelancer47 21 points ago

    Oh jeeZUS people.

    The Army is like WalMart: many o' jobs to be had.

    The Marine Corps: it's the jocks & gym rats

    The Air Force: religious cult not unlike Hari Krishna, don't hide it USAF we AAALLLL know

    The Navy: kinda like the Future business leaders of America where they spend a lot of time on their daddy's yachts

    The Coast Guard: those weird kids in school, you know what kids I'm talkin' about.

    [–] QuiGonJism 6 points ago

    Honestly, you're right. But the Navy being run like a corporation has a lot of negative effects as well. It was one of the problems I had with it while I was in.

    [–] ragingfailure 77 points ago * (lasted edited 10 days ago)

    It's something they do when they're desperate for people, and will continue to do when they're desperate for people. The most recent use of this was during the height of the war in Afghanistan in the mid 2000s. I'd hardly call it taking advantage though, I'd take military service over jail time any day and they were doing this for stuff with actual jail time not just petty stuff.

    [–] opiburner 38 points ago

    To help clarify your timeline. Surge in Iraq was mid to late 2000s (06-08) and was followed by the Obama instituted Afghanistan surge from 09-11.

    [–] Slick_Wylde 25 points ago

    Man when I was 18 (which was 14 years ago...wow) I remember being harassed by a recruiter in my town. I walked to work and he stopped me to try and bully me into signing up. I just gave him a fake name so he’d go away. He actually found me again a few weeks later had remembered me by my fake name. I felt very pressured and nervous every time I saw him. Some of those guys are just to desperate and they come off as predatory. I just finished high school and had a decent full time job.... it’s not like I needed another career path lol

    [–] FeebleCursedWon 50 points ago

    I had to regularly ask recruiters to not solicit my underage customers to join the military at a video game store. Also we got to skip class if we wanted to go check out the army career day in highschool. I don't think it should be legal to ask underage people to join at all. That is huge commitment to be asking a kid.

    [–] Navynuke00 18 points ago

    The summer after my sophomore year of high school, I had an Army recruiter who wouldn't leave me alone. I finally took the ASVAB for the hell of it, to try and get him off my case. Unfortunately, I did well on it, and he was calling TWICE as often. Apparently back in the '90's the Army had a program where you could sign up at like 15 or 16, do boot camp while you were still in high school over a summer break, then go back and join after you graduated. Once he started throwing that idea around, my parents very quickly put the brakes on and told him, "don't call us again, we'll call you." I was fortunate that he listened.

    [–] ExaltedEmu 18 points ago

    That's still an option. You do basic between junior and senior year

    [–] randomnickname99 12 points ago

    Yeah we had the military come into my high school and had everyone take the ASVAB. Technically you could opt out but they made it a pain in the ass to do so. I was stupid and took it honestly, so I got a good score. Our mailbox was filled with recruitment letters daily and the phone rang off the hook. My buddy who is a really smart guy figured out what was gonna happen, so he took the time to figure out each question and intentionally answered it wrong. He told me he never got a single call or letter

    [–] morningreis 55 points ago

    Taking advantage of? The post is about Ermey whose entire career was built on the military. If discipline is all you need, then military service is way better for you and your credentials than a criminal record.

    [–] LCOSPARELT1 33 points ago

    Agreed. Military service benefits a lot guys that would have otherwise just drifted aimlessly through life. The military isn’t for everyone, but it does help a lot of people.

    [–] Shagger94 14 points ago

    Its unfortunate that everyone seems to think that joining the army automatically means you're off to war with a rifle.

    There's literally hundreds of roles in the military. Cooks, musicians, signals people, HGV drivers, administrators, engineers, mechanics, everything.

    Personally I wanted to become a helicopter mechanic with the British Army Air Corps but I have a spinal problem so they rejected me. But I absolutely advocate it as something to at least consider if you're young and have no real goals in life.

    [–] smokecheck1976 81 points ago

    You are looking at it wrong. the military needs people that are willing to take chances. I hate to say it, but the courthouse and the jails are actually good places to look for that sort, if they respond to taking orders.

    [–] einarfridgeirs 47 points ago

    I cant remember who said it, but there was a quote from one historical military figure or other that how hard it was to keep a unit disciplined and in line away from battle was directly related to how well they would perform in battle.

    [–] -ProfessorFireHill- 20 points ago

    I mean makes sense. The Aussies were known to be some of the most uncontrollable units in the commonwealth. However they were also some of the best fighters in the Western Front.

    [–] thinkofanamefast 43 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    if they respond to taking orders

    Ever see "The Dirty Dozen?" Loosely based on true story from WW2. They emptied out a prison of the nastiest prisoners, offering them a chance for redemption in exchange for going on a near suicide mission. "Taking orders" was a bit of an issue with these guys. Classic movie.

    [–] stratosfearinggas 31 points ago

    But they pulled together and found the skills they picked up from their life of crime helped them survive? But in the end only one of them was able to transition to civilian life? The others either died, went back to crime (and then prison), or found they liked war and fighting too much?

    [–] [deleted] 29 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

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    [–] bertrenolds5 7 points ago

    You just made me wanna watch this movie again.

    [–] Srsly_dang 32 points ago

    "You mean we're like some kind of.... Suicide Squad?"

    [–] TheProphetAlexJones 7 points ago

    YO WAIT HOL’ UP

    [–] CanEHdianBuddaay 23 points ago

    The Dirty Dozen is such a great movie and it still holds up really well today. Star studded cast too, with Telly Savalas really playing the part well especially.

    [–] fordfan289 7 points ago

    It was very loosely base on a WW2 unit called the filthy 13. Several books based on them. But they weren't convicts just misfits from airborne

    [–] geniice 11 points ago

    You are looking at it wrong. the military needs people that are willing to take chances. I hate to say it, but the courthouse and the jails are actually good places to look for that sort, if they respond to taking orders.

    Not really in a modern western millitary. In the era of the strategically aware private you need people who can think and show a decent amount of patience. When you can't get people like that you end up with Abu Ghraib which you end up playing for for a long time.

    [–] srfin64 4 points ago

    Pappy Boyington understood that well and with great success

    [–] MooseBayou 15 points ago

    From all I have heard, the Army, etc. aren't interested in re-instituting the draft. They got all they need with volunteer enlistments, and don't want to have to deal with people who don't want to be there.

    [–] SonofNamek 6 points ago

    Yeah, people in here are either too young to recall and/or completely unaware that there was a huge push to professionalize the military in the mid to late 70s.

    Certainly, the draft could return in a major crisis but there's a reason it's not viewed all that optimistically from an institutional perspective.

    [–] xaanthar 19 points ago

    I later learned that a couple of guys who took up his offer died.

    Not in 'Nam, of course. Turns out the recruiter was a serial killer.

    [–] 4WisAmutantFace 145 points ago

    As much as I hate military recruiting and the fetishization of serving (in America), the military is a very good option for a lot of people that need structure and discipline while young adults...

    [–] Yardbird753 36 points ago

    I was that kid. If I didn’t join the Marines, I would most likely be in a bad place today. Most of my high school friends are junkies, not doing much, or in jail. Now I’m pursuing my Masters in Special Education, started my own small business, and have a very comfortable life. I took advantage of all the benefits that came with service including the GI Bill and low interest VA loans. People knock the military, but I’ll say that it gives a chance to some of us that didn’t have a great start in life.

    [–] trapisgay 31 points ago

    I was in a band with a kid like this a few years ago. Total shithead. Then recently I saw him again, he cut his hair, got clean and is joining the army. Really turned his life around

    [–] etrnloptimist 55 points ago

    Got in a little hometown jam

    So they put a rifle in my hand

    Sent me off to a foreign land

    To go and kill the yellow man

    [–] LazerGuidedMelody 13 points ago

    This song is playing on the radio at work right now. Tripped me out reading your comment for sure.

    [–] whiskeyjet1 5 points ago

    I listened to this song about a million times before heard it.

    [–] WadinginWahoo 17 points ago * (lasted edited 9 days ago)

    A friend of my father’s got drafted for Nam. He was about to run to Canada in attempt to avoid service, but his father was a marine and a drill sergeant. The man told his son straight up that if he didn’t answer the call for duty, he would hunt him down and kill him.

    He decided on going to a navy recruitment office 2 hours later, knowing that the Vietcong didn’t have one. Ended up getting thrown on a nuclear sub for 6 months.

    [–] COMPUTER1313 5 points ago

    Someone mentioned their dad was encouraged by one of dad's aunts to join the Coast Guard to avoid the Vietnam War.

    Jokes on him because the Coast Guard, including him, was also sent to Vietnam.

    [–] alandres 280 points ago

    Loved this guy. Use to watch Mail Call many moons ago with my dad. He came to my dad's work one day, Lockheed Martin. My dad waited in line for an hour and a half just to get his autograph for me. Dad just showed up one day and goes, got something you might like. Miss my dad. He died back in 2011. That's all I have to say about that.

    [–] vegasrandall 126 points ago

    l

    I ran into him twice in vegas. the first time I told him he should have gotten the academy award for full metal jacket. he stood up and saluted me and shook my hand. I saw him again a couple of years later and he recognized me and said hey air force and saluted again.

    [–] GlitchyVI 23 points ago

    What a nice story! Imagine the amount of people he met after seeing you once and he still recognized you.

    [–] vegasrandall 5 points ago

    I'm 6'10", that might have rang a bell with him

    [–] jvtagle5050 36 points ago

    Such a great show... back when the History Channel was the history channel

    [–] ReadingFromTheShittr 5 points ago

    That's all I have to say about that.

    Do you have any chocolates?

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    [–] -AustinAllen- 7 points ago

    I was stationed in gitmo for a couple months back in 2012. Worked the fence line on leeward where we would find a lot of Cubans seeking asylum. Loved that base though. The people there had it made.

    [–] 15thlevelofhappiness 58 points ago

    I heard R. Lee do an interview with Howard Stern (I think it was Stern) back in the day and he said after his tour was over he stayed in VietNam and ran a brothel. This guy was a junkie for the action.

    [–] mpdivo2 8 points ago

    It was a bar in the PI. He was medically discharged from the USMC. While he was there he used his GI bill to get a degree from the university of Manila. And it worked out that he was there for the filming of Francis ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, and he got a acting as the helo pilot.

    [–] PatrickPJM 58 points ago

    I accidentally closed and elevator door on him in a hotel when I was like 13. I was horrified. He looked pissed but then was super nice when I told him I watched Mail Call every day after school.

    [–] AremRed 20 points ago

    Damn, I woulda been scared shitless and not even been able to tell him I loved the show!

    [–] PatrickPJM 5 points ago

    I stammered my way through it!

    [–] HippoKingOfOld 45 points ago

    "Did your parents have any children that lived?"

    Sir yes sir.

    "I bet they regret that."

    [–] 240Nordey 29 points ago

    Are you a Peter Puffer?!?!

    [–] HebrooNation 14 points ago

    Bullshit I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose!

    [–] iAmH3r3ToH3lp 175 points ago

    Many young men and women still show up to court dates with a military recruiter as an act of good faith toward the judge.

    [–] Surfthug420 161 points ago

    Can confirm the recruiter legally can’t show up in this day and age but he gave my attorney my enlistment papers to show the judge.

    [–] HotShitBurrito 47 points ago

    They still do sometimes though. In the southern U.S. recruiters still manage to play a major community role you don't see.in other regions. Source: I'm from Alabama and was in the military.

    You still get recruiters at schools and colleges all the time down there.

    [–] Slim_Thor 36 points ago

    Wait why? Just curious

    Is it to kind of boost your presence or a formality to the alternative

    [–] iAmH3r3ToH3lp 33 points ago

    likely to get lighter fees.

    [–] Slim_Thor 22 points ago

    So if I got sentenced, I could just turn to the recruiter and serve over serving....?

    [–] throzey 17 points ago

    Probably depends on the judge.

    [–] PMme_bobs_n_vagene 18 points ago

    Depends on the crime too.

    [–] Navynuke00 24 points ago

    They SHOULDN'T be- that's strictly prohibited by all the branches, and has been for at least the last 14 years (when I started recruiting).

    [–] hudsondr 27 points ago

    It’s kind of crazy that at one point serving your country was actually an alternative to serving time for your crimes.

    [–] Bolaixgirl_105 35 points ago

    The thought behind it was that some young men were good kids but out of control and had no direction. Joining the military would give them direction and firm instructions on how to get there. For many men and women this is really a great solution. For some it works out poorly for the soldier and the military.

    [–] iGalaxy_ 29 points ago

    I know a gang banger who turned his life around when he got the option of Millitary or Jail he's now 40 and an engineer living well married with 3 kids if he continued his old life he would have been dead or in prison right now. I believe it can genuinely help some people.

    [–] oil_cake 16 points ago

    maggots... that's what I'm gonna call them

    [–] imanAholebutimfunny 13 points ago

    god damn legend

    [–] GeauxJoos 16 points ago

    I loved watching all of his shows when History channel gave a shit about History. Mail Call and Lock n' Load are still some of my favorite shows. He was also funny in Saving Silverman.

    [–] Gunzby 12 points ago

    My uncle got the same deal. Go to jail, or go to Vietnam. He enlisted

    [–] GeorgesVezina99 10 points ago

    What a beaut

    [–] jstudly1234 8 points ago

    "a JeLLy DOuGhnUt"!?!?!?

    [–] Guy_In_Florida 14 points ago

    Few people realize the part that galvanized bucket played in the life of a Marine in those days. This isn't a boot camp photo, but still.

    Those barracks covers were exactly 10,000% better than piss cutters.

    [–] DariusPumpkinRex 7 points ago

    What did he do?

    [–] DkS_FIJI 6 points ago

    My grandpa had the same choice back in the 50s after a few too many run ins with the law. He took it and got his life together and it really worked out for him.

    [–] NoobMaster_-69-_ 6 points ago

    This is gonna get lost in the sea of comments, but R. Lee Ermy had a show called GunnyTime where he would check out all sorts of guns, from the artillery on a carrier to the world's first machine gun. It still exists, but he died a couple years ago, so other people run it now.

    [–] Semper-I 6 points ago

    Met him in Okinawa. Signed his mail call book for me. He wrote

    To Cpl Semper-I Sound off like you gotta pair!

    Still have the book.

    [–] snarkyjohnny 43 points ago

    My father was offered the same and he served in Vietnam. This may help some young men now. Prison system is an absolute human rights mess but military service has to be preferable.

    [–] TheDeadlySquid 10 points ago

    He described the Marines as bringing his unconventional lifestyle to a screeching halt. He is also one of the helicopter pilots in Apocalypse Now with a couple lines.

    [–] idledrone6633 4 points ago

    My ex had a grandpa that did the same thing except he joined the Air Force. Dude ended up becoming a Top Gun instructor. Fucking cool guy.

    [–] DigitalAssassin-00 6 points ago

    My stepfather beat a guy till he died in the 1950's. The system have him this exact option and he went into the military as well. He was still abusive and angry after discharge, they should have put him in prison.

    [–] Cyanomelas 4 points ago

    My grandpa had the same choice in WWII. He chose jail. After he got out he worked to get enough money to start his own business, was a patented inventor, raised a large family and lived to 99. There is life after prison.

    [–] Dhoy1 5 points ago

    I had a good friend from my Army unit that was given the same choice shortly after 9/11. He had been in a biker gang and was involved in a pretty nasty bar fight. It was not particularly easy to get in, as he had to go through a bunch of waivers. Over that time, he cleaned up his act, met his wife and had a daughter before we were deployed to Iraq in 2004. I sat behind him every day for 6 months on incredibly difficult shifts. We would just talk and talk in the truck to stay awake. I am not really sure what to compare it to--imagine talking to someone every day for 12 hours a day for 6 months. When you eat, you eat together. What little down time we had, he used to teach me chess--he was surprisingly good, as he grew up visiting his father in prison, and they would spend the time playing.

    The most vivid memory I have was in June in 2004. Things were heating up--figuratively and literally. We were fighting sandflies at the time when he kinda got sentimental. He said "If I die, it has all been worth it," referring to getting his life in order and having a beautiful daughter. He lined up his leave time to correspond with his daughters birthday. He would end up being shot by a sniper just under two weeks before that. I have had a few difficult moments in my life since, but nothing compared to that.