Recent High School Graduates Leave for Marine Boot Camp

Published 06/08 2014 04:23PM

Updated 06/08 2014 11:46PM

Three recent Texoma high school graduates are starting a new journey today as they head to Marine Corps boot camp.

Veterans with American Legion post 202 and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted the brave young men out of the Wichita Falls recruiting office parking lot today.

These recruits will spend tonight in Dallas and fly out to San Diego tomorrow where they will spend thirteen weeks in training.

Recruiters say their job is to prepare these men mentally and physically for boot camp before the send off, and to encourage them so they can perform to the best of their ability.

"Here right before they leave today, we just kind of have to pump them up and get them motivated so they don't have so much shock and awe from the drill soldiers, so that they can actually be successful in boot camp," said Marine Corps recruiter Sgt. Geoffrey C. Webb.

At boot camp, the recruits will learn basic skills for thirty days and then will go on to specific job training anywhere from three weeks to a year, depending on the job. 

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