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Marines by PBS

In my ongoing obsession with/admiration for the Marine Corps, I came across this documentary by PBS that very deliberately lays out the (propaganda heavy) organizational culture and the way it is manufactured.

Though there is certainly some more variation among individuals and their feelings about their experiences than "the experts" indicate in this video, the architecture of the Corps' rituals and values is laid unapologetically bare.

[If I ever posted my research paper on the ritual elements of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, I can't find it now. I'll get it up eventually.]

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