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Up Close With New Marines

Choosing to serve our country is something many do and without giving it a second thought. It's a sacrifice for the both the person serving and their families. WITN recently got an up close look at the training they're going through at Camp Lejeune.

Nineteen-year-old Lance Corporal David Sober is going through Marine combat training for 29 days. He says the decision to join the Marine Corps is a family tradition. "I decided to join when I talked to my grandfather who was in World War II and the Korean War and he told me about the brotherhood and the camaraderie that came along with the Marine Corps and it motivated me.

Staff Sgt. Zachery Planitz, instructing many of the Marines we talked with, says, "The life of a new Marine is interesting because it's a very big change for them and it's hard for them to understand because, as a Marine, part of our persona is perfectionist."

Staff Sgt. Levi Stuart says, "When a Marine first gets here it's very stressful and very demanding and they don't know what to expect. It's the instructors job to coach them and mentor them through the process."

Through training the new Marines learn step-by-step with the help of instructors to protect a country they call home.


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