After boot camp, the Smith brothers continued their three month long training at the School of Infantry (SO’) in Camp Pendleton, California. During this time, the brothers received nearly identical training, but the deference in leadership started to show their true transformation. OSI was the Smith brothers’ final training before moving on to the Fleet Marine Force (FM) and finding out what unit they would be attached to for the duration of heir enlistment.
During training day 19, James was called over Individually by a Cap Wilson, a Marine from his expected battalion and told where his orders were for. One week later, Tommy and 25 other Marines were told where their orders were. There was a significant difference in leadership at this point in the story. James was talked to individually and told a brief history of his new battalion, some of the training he would be receiving in the upcoming months, and information about his final weeks in the School of Infantry. Tommy’s situation was much different.
He was told about his unit en masses and with no specific information as to where it was, what type of training they would be doing, or any information about graduation day. When graduation day finally came, the two brothers were very excited to meet up with their family. It wasn’t until that day that Tommy found out where his new battalion was located. Unfortunately, Tommy had to tell his parents that he was getting on a bus In a half an hour that would take him down to the airport for a flight o his new battalion located on the other coast.
The Smith brothers realized this would be the last time they would see each other for a long time and said their goodbyes. Three months later, James Smith was promoted to Private First Class. When James called his brother Tommy to tell him the good news, Tommy discussed that he had gotten into some trouble and wouldn’t be picking up rank as soon as his brother. Their parents were also starting to worry about Tommy because they hadn’t heard from him in a long time.
Sustaining the Transformation shows the difference In transformation between the two brothers as they go through the flirt phases of their Marine Corps careers. The difference In leadership was significant. Cap Wilson presented himself as a role model and mentor tosses. Tommy was shown much less guidance and leadership. I believe it is the responsibility of each individual Marine to maintain and honor the poor leadership and lack of mentors can hinder a Mariner’s ability to succeed, as shown in the story.