August 1, 2012
Re "Targeted lesson," July 29 The Marine Corps' efforts to afford educators "a more nuanced view of the military" are commendable. Anyone who has an important role in forming the future leaders of our nation has a duty to present balanced perspectives on the vocational options best suiting their charges. The finest take-away from a stint at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego for educators would be a deeper appreciation that it is the civilian arm of our government that actually wields the military lever of national power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2010 |
They arrived from places throughout the western United States, and now several hundred of them are waiting nervously in the USO lounge attached to the Lindbergh Field international airport. Soon they will take a short bus ride to a place where ferociously fit men with bellowing voices will shadow their every step and yell orders at them. Their heads will be shaved and they will be stripped of all privacy and individuality. For the next 12 weeks they will be deprived of the fun things of life: television, music, Internet, movies, iPods, cellphones, home cooking, romantic companionship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2014 |
A man who owned a Los Angeles boot camp for troubled youths has accepted a plea deal and will serve jail time after teenagers claimed they were punched, slapped and stomped during the program, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Edgar Alvarado, 38, was sentenced Monday to 60 days in county jail, four years of felony probation and 30 days of community labor. In addition, Alvarado is prohibited from ever again engaging in any kind of counseling, training or care of minors, whether or not the position is paid. Alvarado's sentencing is part of a plea deal that nixed two counts of child abuse, corporal injury to a child, and sexual battery by restraint and assault with a stun gun or Taser, according to a district attorney's office spokeswoman. Over three years, teens were hospitalized after attending 180 Recon , a boot camp focused on "breaking down" teenagers in order to build them into positive community leaders.
November 2, 1997
Re "Boot Camp Softens Its Image," Oct. 26: If the Army's training goal now is to honor "the dignity and respect of the individual," rather than teach how to kill, the country may be in big trouble. In a shooting war, that empathy may transfer toward the enemy and our soldiers may not be able to pull the trigger or push the missile button. DONALD HIRT Paso Robles Suggestions for basic training: Training videos from "Seinfeld" episodes, clothing from the Gap, all command personnel regardless of rank to be called "guys."
September 2, 2011 |
Boot camp on the Cote d'Azur? Yes, but it's more frill than drill at La Reserve Ramatuelle on the French Riviera. The resort, near St. Tropez, offers five days of early-morning yoga, fast-paced morning walks in the hills, spa treatments (balneotherapy, body wrap, jet shower and more) and, of course, meals. Healthful fare is prepared by a chef who uses local ingredients and flavors. Dates: Sept. 18-23 and Oct. 10-15. Price: $7,885 for September, $7,161 for October, based on the current exchange rate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2011 |
When the recruit staggered out of the Thunderdome pugil-stick arena, he had the early signs of concussion: glassy eyes, confusion, unsteadiness on his feet. His face had been gashed by a smashing blow from his opponent — another would-be Marine desperate to please drill instructors with a display of unrelenting aggression. Not that long ago, the drill instructors might have ordered the woozy recruit back into line for another session. But times have changed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.