A recently declassified Marine recruiting video done by the Harding Institute under contract from the U.S.Marine Corps. Our mandate from the Commandant was, “Marty, we need some hardcore recruiting videos to grab the attention of America’s youth. They watch R-rated movies, play violent videogames and most are on drugs. If we’re fighting for the hearts and minds of the next generation, we have to compete aggressively. What we need is the equivalent of what they call those ‘red band trailers’ for the movies.”
Unfortunately, this video was rejected and classified on the basis that it “reflects poorly on the Marines, sends the wrong message and defies modern standards of good taste and decency.” Under the new Obama/Gates regime, there is a new standard of transparency in the Department of Defense and this video has just been declassified. The Harding Institute is still hopeful that the video will prove to be an effective online recruiting tool. Please note, though, that this video is NOT appropriate for minors and should NOT be viewed by anyone under the age of 21 and probably not by people at work.