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R. Lee Ermey Quotes


Ronald Lee Ermey is a retired U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor and a Golden Globe Award-nominated actor.
(1944 - )

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America's trying to do the best for its veterans.
[America]
 

Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp. We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.
 

Back in those days intimidation was the greatest tool the drill instructor had. Without that tool, he would not have had control.
 

Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
 

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.
 

Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.
[America]
 

Get that sandwich outa your pie-hole and listen up, maggots!
 

Here you are all equally worthless.
 

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.
 

I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share.
 

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.
 

I go the VA Hospital when I have a problem and the doctor jumps on me.
 

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.
 

I got to write most of everything I said.
 

I honestly do feel that I am a role model for young people.
 

I was stationed at a marine recruit depot in San Diego from 1965 to 1967.
 

I've never had to spend any time in the VA hospital, so I really can't speak for those guys.
 

It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.
 

It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
 

Kubrick ate it up. He loved it. He just let me go crazy.
 


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