I watched a TV series named Generation Kill based on the experiences of an embedded reporter during the invasion of Iraq in the 2003.

The US Marines in the series often complain about lacking essential supply such as batteries, decent toilet paper, baby wipes, etc.

When asked why it is like that, an actor playing the (real-life) marine Cpl. Josh Ray Person said:

To keep us angry. If Marines could get what they needed when they needed it we would be happy and wouldn't ready to kill people all of the time. The Marine Corps is like America's Pitbull. They beat us, mistreat us and every once in awhile, they let us out to attack someone.

Though it's more like a satire than an answer, it still sounds quite convincing.

Do the US Marine Corps sometimes deliberately keep their soldiers under-supplied and uncomfortable/inconvenient in order to keep their aggressiveness high?

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    Hard to prove a negative, but I doubt it. It's just dangerous and difficult. "Supplying FOBs became an increasingly dangerous task with roadside IED, VBIED and suicide attacks continuing to plague Coalition forces’ operations as the routes became more regular and insurgents’ tactics improved." Capability's improving, though.
    – bishop
    Oct 30, 2021 at 22:28
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    Logistics is hard. News at 11. Oct 31, 2021 at 21:10
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    Also what US forces think is poor supply is massive over supply to most other militaries
    – mmmmmm
    Oct 31, 2021 at 23:40
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    @KenY-N nice soft tissues sound like ideal to clean optics and maybe guns as well. And probably cheaper than whatever the Pentagon purchase machine contracts as specialty items for the job.
    – jwenting
    Nov 1, 2021 at 9:25
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    @KenY-N AFAIK they are widely used in the military as a replacement for a decent shower while you are outside of a base.
    – borjab
    Nov 1, 2021 at 16:53


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