Bookcover of Birth of a Warrior by Raymond McCrea Jones

BIRTH OF A WARRIOR: Ten Weeks in Basic Training

Raymond McCrea Jones

University Press of New England
September 1, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1611687644


Jones_RaymondMcCreaRaymond McCrea Jones is an award-winning photographer, writer, and filmmaker whose editorial and commercial photography has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Forbes, Hollywood Reporter, Entrepreneur, Stern, Delta, and more. Formerly on staff at the New York Times, he now lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following a commercial assignment at Fort Benning, Georgia, photographer Raymond Jones, who had no previous military experience, became fascinated by the singular rite of passage known as boot camp, by which ordinary citizens are turned into military instruments.

The stunning photographs in BIRTH OF A WARRIOR: Ten Weeks in Basic Training chronicle the transformation of 162 young men from across the country into U.S. Army Delta Company 2/47. From four in the morning until late at night, through arrival, processing, outfitting, marching, inspection, drill, physical training, combat training, and live-fire exercises, Jones documents an astonishing metamorphosis. Granted unprecedented access to the lives of these recruits and the NCOs responsible for their basic training, he photographs everything from their first haircuts to the tossing of their caps at graduation. BIRTH OF A WARRIOR is both their story and our story: a profound look at the culture and humanity of those who we ask to go off to war.