The Pressure Cooker: Forging Naval Officers Through Marine Leadership

eBook (PDF), 287 Pages
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Price: $8.50
From 1947 until 1994, the Navy ran an officer training and commissioning program at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. Outside the main academic building hung a wood sign with gold metal lettering. It read: "Through These Doors Walk The Future Of Naval Aviation" Between the covers of this book, A Marine Corps Drill Instructor presents a collection of stories, memories and recollections provided by now seasoned, U.S. Navy Officers. 240 stories are told with the same raw intensity as experienced decades earlier when the candidates were but young men and women trying to get past their Marine Drill Instructor to earn a commission that awaited them at the finish line. The insults, threats and even rare moments of enthusiastic support are all here. You won't find examples of political correctness, generalizations or pulling punches in this book, or any coddling of the candidates; future naval aviators were prepared here, it was the most intense officer candidate... More > school in the military.< Less
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  • By Paul Haas
    Dec 3, 2015
    As a graduate of AOCS in the mid-80's, I ordered a hard copy, and downloaded the e-book version as well. I travelled on a couple of long flights recently, and finally started reading the e-book...I was literally weeping on the flight, not from some kind of DI-induced PTSD trauma flashback, but from trying to suppress my laughter, chuckling and giggling uncontrollably. I had to stop reading several times to regain my composure. The passengers unfortunate enough to be seated next to me thought I was genuinely unbalanced or crazy. I'm not sure anyone who hasn't been through AOCS or some similar kind of military training will have the same reaction, but about halfway through the rich and colorful eyewitness accounts and memories of the AOCS experience, of Naval Aviation Officer Candidates trained by the best and toughest USMC Drill Instructors, whose mission was to separate those unsuited or unfit for the rigors of Naval Aviation flight training, I've come to the conclusion that author... More > John Crouch knocked it out of the park--at least for those of us who experienced it. Reading others' stories, perspectives and perceptions have re-kindled a flood of memories in my own mind that I had forgotten. This was an extraordinary program, and John's collection is an important record of that now-gone training.. I am glad the author, a USMC Drill Instructor in his own right, stuck with what must have been a 'labor of love' project, and his vision to collect these first-person accounts and put them on paper. The result is an important account of how several generations of Naval Aviators were trained, and at times, spectacularly funnily and moving.< Less
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November 14, 2015
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