The Marines relish being different from the other three services--tougher and cheaper, Leathernecks like to say--and that attitude is reflected in their boot camp. While the other branches have relaxed their training, last year the corps stretched boot camp from 11 weeks to 12. "This is not making things easier," says General Charles Krulak, the Marine Commandant. "This is making things tougher--physically, mentally and morally." Unlike the other branches, the Marines have also refused to mix men and women in basic training, which angers some who believe that it shortchanges women. Each sex trains the same way, but physical requirements for...

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