For his continued service in supporting the troops beyond the silver screen, Marine Corps General James L. Jones officially promoted him to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2002, making him the first retiree to receive this honor.
On May 15, 2014, he accepts a new mission: “Saving Private K-9 With R. Lee Ermey” on the Sportsman Channel. G&A had the chance to talk with the Gunny about his military experience, movie career, firearms and Saving Private K-9 with R. Lee Ermey.
Wipe that disgusting grin off your face and check out our exclusive interview and a sneak peek video of the Gunny’s new show:
- <h2>Q: When did you enter boot camp?</h2><strong>A:</strong> I arrived to Parris Island on April 3rd, 1961. I was a farm boy, so I was plenty strong, and I was very wiry. Weighed only 145 pounds. When I got out of boot camp, I weighed 160 pounds and was a little stronger even. It was a good experience. I was certainly not top of my class, because I was a little small. However, I could get the PT done and hump as well as anyone.