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    During my time in the USMC, the same "ditty" was used as the entire platoon marched around repeating this routine.  The punishment for the individual: put one's thumb in the receiver with the bolt pressing upon it...very painful.

    But the rifle indoctrination was/is much worse than this when one considers the "Rifleman's Creed" which all are required to memorize.

    You will notice that this "creed" actually replaces a Savior figure, or god with the rifle.  If placed beside something like the Christian "Apostles Creed" the similarities become clear.  Actually, given the power of symbol, myth, and ritual in the social construction of reality, it is terrifying.

    The Rifleman's Creed
        This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

        My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

        My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...

        My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, or the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

        My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

        Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.

        So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but peace!

    Anyone who isn't confused doesn't really understand the situation. - Edward R Murrow

    by gc10 on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:00:25 AM PST

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