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The All-America platoon
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The initial shock had not yet worn off. After two days and two nights at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, some 70 teen-aged recruits with shaved heads, still in civvies, all wearing gray sweatshirts, knew we had a long three months ahead of us. It might as well be forever.Our drill instructors formed us into a platoon, with the taller guys in front - the formation we would adhere to - forever, it seemed.Critics of military movies sometimes debunk the "All-America" squad or platoon as merely a convenience of fiction.