I did Marine Boot in '97. I did a tour, got out and came back Army. Although I missed Army Basic (well, I didn't miss it, I just didn't go), MOS training was easy, and nearly everbody passed.
On the active side, offenses people were getting discharged for pre 2001, now they get a slap on the wrist. Seperation really isn't an option.
But think of it this way. There is a war going on. There is a manpower shortage. Recruiting numbers are down (or not making goals), recruiting standards have dropped. Training requirements have dropped.
Basically, Uncle Sam is going for quantity, not quality, plain and simple.
As a young Marine, man, it falls on you to be the standard, set an example for those around you and make sure you are capable and competent in your job.
I've heard about Mothers of America, I thought it was just a saying. But the pressure to fill up slots with warm bodies is coming from command, not outside organizations. For example, if a DI has 30% shitbags who are beyond help, and fails %30 of his recruits, he will get punished. A recruiter who has no valid applicants is expected to lie to get guys in. You know, make criminal records disapear, coach recruits on how to hide injuries at MEPS, recruit homeless and the handicapp (TRUE STORIES)
I've seen it on deployment to. When I was Marine, a guy was desperatly seeking mental health care pre deployment. He got labeled a shitbag, brushed through the system and deployed anyway. Three months later, he blew his brains out in a porto-john. I just returned from deployment recently. I deployed with guys who have herniated discs, sky high blood pressure, active drug addictions and documented suicidal tendencies (several different soldiers). Despite NCO medical recommendation, these guys deployed. The medics were told to shut up and play along.
I don't want to sound preachy, but realize likely you are going to war, probally more than once, and sooner than later. In many units, it is easy to dick around in garrison and blow off training. Me personally, I'd hate to think back on a situation, and say to myself 'if only I would have trained harder, Joe would still be alive'. Once again, I don't mean to be preachy, but if you don't do it, maybe nobody else will either.
Thank you for hearing my ramble, I think I got off topic, but I hope a message got across. Good luck in your Marine career. If you have any questions or concerns in your future, there are many vets and active here who will be glad to help.