28 Nov '14, 10pm

“Being a Marine is something more than just saying you’re a Marine.” —Cpl John Anderson

It's the high-and-tight haircut, the pristine uniform and the toned physique that parents notice first upon seeing their Marine on the parade deck at graduation . Soon after reacquainting with their son or daughter, however, the most notable transformation becomes clear. It's not just respect for others that Marines develop; it's a genuine concern for their well-being. Training with, enduring alongside and relying on those to their left and right during such a challenging experience redirects their focus from self to that of accomplishing missions together. Challenge, adventure and prestige are the primary motivations for those entering recruit training. Those who leave as Marines find that being part of something greater is their most fulfilling reward.

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