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Mail Call, hosted by veteran actor and Marine R.Lee Ermey, is a series that deals with questions that viewers have about the five branches of the United States and World Armed forces. All five (which are the Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard) are dealt with as well as civilian fighting forces, rebel groups and other active militants during wartime.

The episodes begin with Ermey driving into the camp and then proceeding to answer questions that viewers write into ask. Ermey does this in the style of his Full Metal Jacket character, which is fitting given the questions that the show is answering. Questions on the show can vary from "What tanks did the Nazis use at the battle of the bulge?" to "Did the Japanese soldiers during World War II seriously use bamboo planes?" Ermey then answers the questions by providing commentary to a clip.

Sometimes, if the question involves a firearm, Ermey will give a demonstration by firing it at watermelons (Ermey was a drill and weapons instructor during his time in the marines, so he really knows how guns and ammo should be cared for) Ermey also will sometimes demonstrate how to drive tanks and other vehicles if the question is asked on how to do so. Normally when he drives this, Ermey will make a comment describing the vehicle using female terms.

Before and after the commercial breaks the show will cut to Ermey dressed in full drill instructor uniform (as another homage to Ermey's background as both an armed forces and Hollywood Drill instructor) who will then yell into the camera at the viewer to sit tight, usually throwing some insult at the reviewer, Full Metal Jacket style.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on The History Channel
8 Seasons, 117 Episodes - Canceled
August 4, 2002
History, Documentary & Biography
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Mail Call Full Episode Guide

  • Shot on location at Hurlburt Field, Florida, R. Lee Ermey answers viewer questions about this historic piece of real estate with a focus on Air Force Special Operations and hardware.

  • A trip to the Tennessee Museum of Aviation to see the P-51s and P-47s. Also: the battle gear used by Marines in World War II; a ride in a V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor; and a tribute to the Navy's F-14 Tomcat.

  • Included: a ride in a World War II M8 armored car; a demonstration of the Mauser C96 pistol; an overview of the weapons and gear used by German soldiers during World War II; and the history of the use of dogs in war.

  • The eighth-season finale focuses on the war in Iraq. Included: R. Lee Ermey talks to the troops, via satellite. Also: a look at the Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System in Atlanta, which provides information on military operations; and a tribute to an Army corporal who was killed in Iraq.

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