He's gone! He was sworn in (with 40 other young men and women), had five minutes to say his good-byes, and he was gone. Forty-plus years ago I was married to a Marine, and his stories of boot camp scared the hell out of me. I just learned today that boot camp now isn't as bad. My ex was hit several times, sleep deprived as punishment, and had to walk through a Quonset hut full of tear gas. They don't do that anymore, so my almost debilitating fears are a little less now. But, damn, I miss that kid so much!