I honestly do feel that I am a role model for young people.
When you try to find funding for a VVA function, it doesn't seem like it's any trouble at all. People come out of the woodwork with their money to help out because we went over and fought a war.
You'd be surprised how many kids and young people come to the website and send me email that they are actually going into the Marine Corp because of something that I said or did.
Kubrick's films have life - they just never die.
The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war.
It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.
Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.
I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day - I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year.
There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years.
Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
I've never had to spend any time in the VA hospital, so I really can't speak for those guys.
We had times in '66 and '67 when we would pick up a platoon of privates out of the receiving barracks the week before we even graduated the platoon that we were on!
The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
I got space from Travis Air Force Base, went back to the Philippine Islands and made it a point to meet the only American casting director in the Philippines. I was off and running.
That's all I cared about too, was getting it right.
I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot.
Without discipline, there is no Marine Corp.