How accurate was Full Metal Jacket's boot camp scene?

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    I heard it said that it was pretty authentic. what was and what wasn't accurate?
     
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    well dude..supply the clip at least...geez....is it just me ...or is this clip...funny as hell..in some weird way...


    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUc62jD-G0o]YouTube - Full Metal Jacket Clip[/ame]
     
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    Sorry, I meant the entire first half of the movie.
     
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    The inspiration for Full Metal Jacket was a novel called The Short-Timers by Viet Nam combat correspondent Gustav Hasford. He was a friend of my ex-husband, and had a circle of friends which included Kent Anderson, a vet of the 5th special forces group and author of "Sympathy for the Devil". According to Kent and my ex, the novel was very authentic and drew on Gustav's own experiences.

    My understanding is that his time in Viet Nam affected him terribly, and he died ill and alone and essentially a recluse in 1993.
     
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    Although, given my husband's inability to read people, the guy may have just been a mentally ill asshole.

    But I think the depiction is authentic. I know plenty of Viet Nam vets who had no criticism of it. THe ones that could stand to watch it, that is.
     
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    The hardest part of BMT for me was not laughing my ass off at some of the shit the TI's would come up with while chewing out trainees.
     
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    actually, knowing you as i do, GREAT advice :lol:
     
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    I went through Boot camp after changes had occurred but It was still pretty close to what we had, the only thing being the Drill Instructors could not physically hit you. Still happened of course. It was pretty real to me.
     
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    when were you in bootcamp?
     

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