I went through GLakes just a little after Nam in 77. Not much changed - our CC simply threw 2 garbage cans down the center of the barracks though. Only one major difference - we weren't carrying M1's - we weren't carrying anything. I was really pissed off when I missed on the swim test trying out for the SEAL's by 3 seconds. Looking back though - I probably wouldn't have been able to make it through SEAL training - I simply didn't have the physical strength as a wimpy 17 year old, so perhaps that was a good thing.
OK - maybe I'm sick, crazy or both, but I really enjoyed boot camp. I'm glad I went and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.
My son is a dual national - he is American/Finnish - 2 passports (my wife is Finnish). Since we lived in Finland most of his life he is now in the Finnish Navy - in Finland there is mandatory service. When he gets out in another year he's planning on following me back to the US and joining the US military though he's a little undecided still as to which branch he'll join.
If he does do that, he gets to go through boot camp twice - once for Finland and once for the US