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Marine Corps Success Stories: James Dever

James Dever: "As a young kid around 10, 11 years old, I watched "The Sands of Iwo Jima" with John Wayne, and at that point I always wanted to be a Marine. When I, uh, went to boot camp, I found out what the Marine Corps was about. I liked the hard work, the responsibility I received every rank, that I achieved in the Marine Corps, I've, made me more of a grownup. Yeah. I learned a lot more. I watched Sergeants and Corporals before me, but I was wondering if I could handle that responsibility. Gotta understand the responsibilities to take care of your men, the mission, and the mission always comes first. Uh, but yet, it was a challenge being a Sergeant Major of a battalion. I loved that challenge. That's why I joned the Marine Corps. Right after I got out of the Marine Corps, I, I, uh, wanted to get into the, uh, the movie business, after working with Clint Eastwood back in 1986, on "Heartbreak Ridge." Worked on "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters of Iwo Jima," both about, uh, about Iwo Jima. My job is to work with the director. We do what we call boot camp, we get the actors, uh, we put 'em out in the field. I tell everybody, people have died in that uniform. So you respect that uniform. I don't care what, army, navy, air force. So, you don't abuse that uniform, you respect it, and you're part of that service. So I always let everybody know that. When a young kid sees, uh, a Marine moving, they want to become a Marine. He's gonna find out it's not an easy path. And he's gonna find out he's gonna grow up fast. And I'm glad about that, too, he's a young 18-year-old, and he's gonna see that when he goes to boot camp, and he gets out off that bus, he's gonna find out his old life is gone and he's got a new life to live with the Marine Corps. They're gonna break you down, and then build you up during boot camp. And you're gonna find out things that you didn't think you could achieve. Or do. You're gonna join the Marine Corps. And it's an experience that you never forget. And to this day I love it, I love the Marine Corps, and what it has achieved, and if you're looking forward to being a Marine, you know, looking for a challenge, then join the Marine Corps because I could tell you right now you will get a challenge, you'll learn a lot, and I could tell ya, you're a better person. So, that's what I get out of being a Marine.