"Good to Go!": Marines, Combat and the Culture of Silence
PRINCETON THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY NJ
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Marines go through boot camp and acquire a toughened mindset and a rich understanding of Marine Corps history. In the infantry battalion, Marines learn again and again to maintain a toughened mindset and uphold the ethos of the Corps. Going to war does not cause all warriors to have inner hidden wounds, but war does change all warriors. For some, but not all, warriors who do go to war and directly encounter or witness traumatic experiences while outside the wire, combat leaves a lasting hidden inner wound, PTSD. Marine infantry culture appears to have an unspoken message of never showing weakness, which has kept some Marines from going to mental health professionals for help.
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