Marines: Preparing to Serve Part 4

Minnesota Recruits Become Marines

The road to becoming a United States Marine is no easy task, but the 54 hours right before the actual ceremony is a make it or break it moment for the young recruits.

Fox 21’s Natalie Froistad traveled to San Diego to witness a challenge called “The Crucible” first hand and talks with two Minnesotans who just completed the feat.

As the sun rises our country gains new Marines.

It’s a one of the most special moments a Marine will experience.

Recruits become Marines as they receive their Eagle, Globe and Anchor atop a hill at Camp Pendelton.

This comes after three months of boot camp and the most intense 54 hours they’ve ever experienced. The crucible.

Hours of hiking, drills, obstacles and not much food or sleep has earned these men the title “United States Marine”.

“It’s a great honor,” said Pvt. Travis Koch, former UMD student.

“It’s just gonna make my family, friends, anyone i know proud of me and it’s just gonna give me the motivation to conquer anything in my life,” said Pvt. Jeremy O’Bryan, 19, graduate of Hinckley-Finlayson High School.

Exhaustion and hunger start to take over, but it doesn’t stop these new Marines from standing up tall and representing their new title.

“It’s probably one of the greatest things of my life right now,” explained Pvt. O’Bryan.

Pvt. O’Bryan says enlisting in the Marines is something he would do all over again, “I feel like I can do a lot more if I put my mind to it. I feel like it’s easier to come together now too with other people.”

Pvt. Koch, 23, says the crucible brought everything he learned at boot camp full circle, “More teamwork, pulling together, and coming together and helping each other through tasks. It was way more team work usual.”

Seeing the progress they made brings satisfaction to their senior drill instructor.

“You feel proud after picking them up from week one to week thirteen,” explained Sgt. Linden Wilson.

In just a few months young men become Marines.

“I actually have a sense of purpose I feel like now and I have a whole lot of brothers to look after,” said Pvt. Koch, “I was the first one in my family to do this and it’s extremely, it’s awesome.”

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