Top 10 Tough Hombre Drill Sergeants

When you are in boot camp, for the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force, you’d better be tough enough. Cause drill sergeants are the tough hombre’s to train you. As you better listen up and listen good. Some can be psychotic. Just like these here from many movies that I saw in my life. These top 10 drill sergeants in movies, that can be tough hombres.

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10. Master Sgt. Ernest G. Bilko (Sgt. Bilko). Portrayed by Steve Martin, he can be serious on training you, but really funny when you’re in the army. Especially when he wakes up in the morning, wearing funny clothes. And gets woken up disturbed. But he always forgets on marrying a girlfriend that he promised many times. And he always leaves her at the chapel crying in tears. In the army, his job was to train recruits and mobilize new weapons that they would built. But in his spare time, for he and his recruits, like Robert Duvall in “Apocalypse Now”, they just try to have some fun before a colonel could come in, and catch them.


9. Sgt. Collins (Buck Privates and Buck Privates Come Home). Portrayed by Nat Pendleton, his job was to keep his entire regiments under control without any monkey business. Especially against some tie selling salesman, without having a license. And those were Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. He in fact, caught them taking a French orphan who has no home, no family and no friends. But what he was proud on before that, were Lee Bowman and Alan Curtis. As two friends fighting in the war together. Expert marksmen. All three were awarded as heroes including him. Except for Abbott and Costello. He was better in training recruits in boot camp, than being a cop against those two tie-selling salesman. Especially when they were uncles on adopting a young girl from France.


8. Sgt. 1st Class Merwin J. Toomey (Biloxi Blues). Portrayed by Christopher Walken, his job was to train many recruits in boot camp for the Second World War. Against Japan I believe. Matthew Broderick was one of them before he was in “Glory” in 1989. He was wacky, naive, and gave good humor really. Especially when he accidentally let a recruit fire a rifle at someones jeep’s tire. And that I believe, was his jeep.

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7. Sgt. Kilgore (Delta Farce). Portrayed by Kieth David, stronger, serious and smarter than any instructor there is, he can be stronger than Biff and Griff from the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. During the war against Afghanistan, he had to train three misfits in boot camp before leaving. By making sure they shoot well, as well as handling a bazooka…. very carefully. However, stuff didn’t go as planned when they were dropped into Mexico by accident. Himself and the misfits. So in a new path, in a new war, he and those guys took on a Mexican criminal there. Portrayed by Danny Trejo.


6. Sgt. First Class Hulka (Stripes). Portrayed by Warren Oates, he was serious about training recruits as long as they aren’t very much like clowns. Cause Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, John Candy and Judge Reinhold were the ones doing jokes really. But he was humorous throughout training and into the mission that they were onto. And during training, he almost died when a mortar almost killed him. But he was pretty good on strangling John Candy. He was old, but you should’ve seen his face on doing it.


5. Sgt. Major Mulcahy (Glory). Portrayed by John Finn as an Irish-American drill sergeant, his job was to train African-Americans to become real soldiers of the Union Army, during the American Civil War. By being too harsh and too serious, he was ordered by Col. Robert Shaw on not to mess them badly by his brutality. So by training them on using rifles and bayonets, he tried not to mess them around since they were free from slavery. And by another order from Col. Robert Shaw, he did no more cruel tutelage to them when they were off to battle.


4. Gunnery Sgt. Emil Foley (An Officer and a Gentleman). Portrayed by Louis Gossett Jr., he is close to number 1# on the list as he can be so serious, he’ll ask you if you are a queer or a steer. And the way his training is, you’d better face it and face it hard. Cause members like Richard Gere, Tony Plana, and Lisa Eilbacher faced his training if they ever want to become members of the U.S. Navy. And they did when they were strong enough. In his obstacle courses, martial art fighting, as well as getting out of their seats when they are in the water. Louis Gossett Jr. was so good and so splendid, he won an Golden Globe award as well as an Oscar award.


3. Career Sgt. Zim (Starship Troopers). Portrayed by Clancy Brown, his job in the Mobile Infantry was to train recruits for the war against killer bugs. Across the stars in the galaxy, as Klendathu, must be terminated. He taught them knife throwing, learning how to use rifles before using the ones with live ammo, as he had the ability to break a guys arm, and almost choke someone to death. He was definitely such a hard ass. When he was in the war, he was back to being a private when he did something worse. But every trooper were proud of him, when they caught the smart bug. The one that can suck out your brains like a bendy straw.


2. Sgt. Howell (Hacksaw Ridge). Portrayed by Vince Vaughn, his job was to train U.S. Army recruits during the Second World War against Japan. He didn’t appreciate a bare naked man, or someone releasing a knife into somebody’s foot by accident, as well as insulting an Indian-American who joined the army. The way that some recruits are doing some monkey business really. But what he was more fond about, was that Desmond Doss would fight in the war without shooting a single gun at all as a combat medic. And during the Battle of Okinawa, Japan, he was luckily saved by him in Hacksaw Ridge. And how he made it back alive, thanks to Desmond.


1. Gunnery Sgt. Hartman (Full Metal Jacket). Portrayed by Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Marine drill sergeant R. Lee Ermy, that’s our 1# on the list. His job was to train U.S. Marine recruits into natural born killers. So that they can take on the Viet Cong in Húe City, in the Tet Offensive in 1968. The only problem that he had in his Platoon 3092, was not just Pvt. Joker, Pvt. Cowboy, Pvt. Toe Jam and Pvt. Snowball, but Pvt. Gomer Pyle. A fat overweight recruit who had no reason being there. He in fact, caught him stealing a jelly doughnut he hid in his foot locker. From the mess hall without finishing it. And in training, he didn’t appreciate for how Gomer Pyle was not following along. In his obstacle courses, not climbing and lifting himself well, and especially not running well. That was why Pvt. Joker had to drag him along when he was not doing very good. Hartman had to carry his rifle as he was yelling at his left ear.

Some of these drill sergeants can be psychotic. But they aren’t. They are hard as recruits may not like them. But the more that they might hate on, the more that they will learn in a corps.

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And ever since these men and women fought hard in the military and boot camp first, we will be like them. As long as we have a drill instructor that we follow along to face.


And never end up like that fat ass from Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war, Oscar nominated masterpiece. Cause when he snapped, he killed Hartman and himself before he could be taken into military court martials.

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