|“||I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman! Your senior drill instructor! From now on, you will speak only when spoken to! And the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be "sir!" Do you maggots understand that?!||„|
|~ Gunnery Sergeant Hartman|
Gunnery Sergeant Hartman was the hidden main antagonist of Full Metal Jacket. He was Leonard Lawrence's arch-nemesis.
In Full Metal Jacket
Hartman was a vicious, abusive drill instructor, though most of his personality was necessary as his role. However, he did partake in actions that were illegal, even by the standards of Marine training, such as punching recruits and slapping them (drill instructors are not permitted to use physical violence against recruits). He also had no qualms about singling out specific recruits, such as Leonard Lawrence, whom he treated especially cruel; though Hartman was trying to help Lawrence in his own manner, the critical failure of Hartman was that he could not see when his methods went too far and ignored the danger signs of Lawrence losing sanity.
Hartman was unable to change his belief that intimidation and fear commanded respect, even when faced with a psychotic Lawrence and thus instead of trying to reason with Lawrence or seek alternative ways to defuse the situation, he deliberately provoked Lawrence and thus endangered not only himself, but the entire platoon, showing that he was stubborn to the end.