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Recruits earn their rank the hard way

Young Marines recruits earned the rank of Private through training and workouts that included a mile run.

Young Marines recruits earned the rank of Private through training and workouts that included a mile run.

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At 6:30 on a Saturday morning in May, 30 new Young Marines from three different units gathered at the ISNP upper campus basketball court for recruit training.

Also on hand were four ISNP Young Marine Sergeants, who helped supervise instructors and recruits.

During the next 26 hours, the recruits learned about such things as marching, uniform regulations and Young Marine history.

“I really enjoyed watching the instructors teach the recruits,” said Sergeant Nick Murphy, an ISNP junior. “It was a learning experience for all of us.”

Recruits also took the PFT (Physical Fitness Test), which consists of a shuttle run, one-minute pushups, two-minute sit ups, sit and reaches, and a mile run.

The Iron Mike for the male recruit with the best PFT score went to ISNP fifth-grader Zahmel Jackson, and the Molly Marine for the female with the best PFT score went to ISNP fifth-grader Alycia Hammond.

At the end of the weekend, the recruits had all earned the rank of Private, bringing the total number of Young Marines at our school to 88.

“I really enjoyed training all these young folk,” said Corporal Seth Ward, an ISNP freshman who helped teach PT (Physical Training) and Close-Order Drill. “They really grew physically and spiritually.”

 

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