Many see FULL METAL JACKET as a two-part film. Is there an alternative view?

Everywhere I have read people write about the structure of FMJ they have 
called it a two act film, mainly because the first part takes place in 
boot camp and the rest in Vietnam. I would argue that FMJ is indeed a 3 
act structure. Act one clearly is the boot camp section, running a 
little over 40 minutes and ending with Pyle in the latrine. Act two, 
also running about 40 minutes, is the episodic, days-in-the-life-of-a-
Marine- in-Vietnam section, up to and including the scene of the men 
haggling with the motorcycle prostitute and her pimp. Notice that this 
2nd act begins and ends -- typical Kubrickian symetry here -- with 
scenes of soldiers haggling with prostitutes. The third act is the 
sniper sequence running around 20 minutes. Kubrick again has used the 
bookend symetry: a concentrated 1st act (all about Pyle), a loose middle 
act (many different subjects), and a very concentrated final act (all 
about sniper).
                                                                  (R.D.)

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