The noise awakens the platoon, and Hartman confronts Pyle, ordering him to surrender the rifle. In January 1968, Joker, now a corporal, is a war correspondent in South Vietnam for Stars and Stripes with Private First Class Rafterman, a combat photographer.
Rafterman wants to go into combat, as Joker claims he has done.
Pyle improves with Joker's help, but his progress halts when Hartman discovers a contraband jelly doughnut in Pyle's foot locker.
Believing the recruits have failed to improve Pyle, Hartman adopts a collective punishment policy: every mistake Pyle makes will earn punishment for the rest of the platoon, with Pyle being spared.
In retaliation for Pyle's failures, the platoon hazes him with a blanket party, restraining him in his bunk while beating him with bars of soap wrapped in towels.
After this incident, Pyle reinvents himself as a model Marine.
This impresses Hartman but worries Joker, who recognizes signs of mental breakdown in Pyle, such as him talking to his M14 rifle.
Following their graduation ceremony, the recruits receive their Military Occupational Specialty assignments; Joker is assigned to Basic Military Journalism, while most of the others (including Cowboy and Pyle) are assigned to Infantry.
During the platoon's final night on Parris Island, Joker discovers Pyle in the bathroom, loading his rifle with live ammunition.
Joker attempts to calm Pyle, who executes drill commands and recites the Rifleman's Creed.
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 British-American war film directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick.
The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers (1979).
The film stars Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Marines through their training and the experiences of two of the platoon's Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.