The Marine Corps is big and proud with years of experience. It can be impersonal, but it knows what it wants. It has regulations to be followed. Many may look silly to you. Most, however, are there because they have been proven as effective ways to accomplish the mission; to fight and win wars. Things will be done in the way the Marine Corps wants them done. If you do what you are told to the best of your ability, you will get along and it will be a rewarding experience. Otherwise you will get run over by the system and it won’t hurt the system a bit.
— Colonel Henry Aplington II, USMC, 25 June 1966
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