Marine Corps Pvt. Andrew J. Sellers, son of Linda L. Smith of Edison, is a 2012 graduate of Edison High School. Marine Corps Pfc. Ruben W. Rodriguez, son of Cecilia Brooks of Elizabeth and David Rodriguez of Newark, is a 2006 graduate of Harrison High School of Harrison.
For 13 weeks, they stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, they endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
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