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metengage 20 years ago TODAY, I stepped onto the yellow footprints at MCRD San Diego to become a man. A 21 year old newleywed with child on the way, I made a decision to ensure that they, and all Americans would forever be under my protection, even after my oath of enlistment ended. That contract has never expired, and I'll be goddamned if I don't go to the grave knowing I did all that I could to secure relative freedom for each and every one of YOU! This Memorial Day weekend, don't thank me for my service, instead, pay RESPECT for those who died with the same belief and integrity I carry with me each and every day. It's not "happy", rather solemn. Enjoy your barbecue's this weekend, but keep your prayers and thoughts constant for those who cannot celebrate with you. Semper Fi. 1d

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dothanmarines Motivated Friday!! Who can remember the feeling when they were finally called a Marine? #rssdothan #dothanmarines #military #semperfi #usmc #yellowfootprints #ega 2d

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arizonamarines ‪\#‎WhyTheMarines‬•@AZ_Photographer/ May 23, 2016 | Phoenix :: "It feels as if the question, 'What are you going to be when you grow up?' never goes away. As my high school days at Bourgade Catholic High School were coming to an end, I was being asked that constantly. I had to make a decision soon. I had always wanted to join the military but was unsure of what branch to join.

Back at home I was a photographer taking photos for the @AZCardinals and professional boxing matches. I knew that by joining the military I was setting that aside to serve my country. I began to inform myself of the different branches, and I finally came to a conclusion, I wanted to become a U.S. Marine. As I spoke to others who were serving, I noticed the respect they showed when speaking of @Marines; as I was listening all i was thinking is that i wanted to be spoken of like that. I was so determined on becoming a Marine, they had many requirements, but I was driven to meet them all in just a matter of months.

The requirement I struggled with the most was my weight. I had to lose 36 pounds but I worked out day and night, before school, after school, and in the night. I began training in September of 2014 and by the day of my enlistment in March, I weighted 40 pounds less. I didn't stop there, I continued to workout, and as the days got closer for my ship date to bootcamp, I was physically and mentally feeling stronger than ever. September 14 came, my ship date, I had heard so many stories about boot camp but none of that mattered to me because I was ready for it all.

When I got there hell started, and it didn't stop until graduation ended 3 months later, but it was all worth it. The journey continued at SOI [School of Infantry], more training, more brothers, and more hell. It was graduation time, I had received my orders, and they read Hawaii. I arrived in Hawaii and my goals have only become greater. The more I get encouraged by my leaders, the more I strive to be greater and achieve one of my many goals; becoming a Corporal within my first enlistment. Another goal I aspire is to continue doing photography in the Marine Corps."
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tattooedmedia 23 years ago #today, I stepped onto these and my #life has never been the same since. #marines #love #yellowfootprints #onceamarinealwaysamarine 6d
  •   tysonold Oorah!! 6d
  •   mr_local_area That's awesome. I would really have to think about the exact date that I started basic. It was all a blur 6d
  •   mr_local_area Oh and thanks for serving bro. I can't say it enough. 6d
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arizonamarines \MOTO MONDAY/ May 23, 2016 | Phoenix :: Discipline and decisions under fire. (@Marines video by Sgt. John C. Lamb) 6d

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sfmarines #Repost from our San Jose North Marines shouting out our Bay Area Recruits shipping to bootcamp!

Our purpose out here as recruiters is clear, change life's for the better! Our very own group of motivated poolees will be stepping on the #Yellowfootprints tomorrow to begin there #transformation from civilian, to #Marine! click #shippersunday to see who will be joining them! Families, don't forget to write back. See you guys in three months! Semper Fi!

#SFMarines #12MCD
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cody174 Well the time is winding down getting close to leaving for my 13 week vacation #poolee #bootcamp #usmc #yellowfootprints #militarypolice #5800 #13weeks #merica 1w

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u.s._marines_terre_haute The poolee of the month for April is Austin Jones, he is going into the intelligence field he is from Marshall, Illinois and is about to graduate High School, he leaves for boot camp this July! #motivater #pooleeofthemonth #rssterrehaute #terrehaute #recruiting #marines #1775 #corps #semperfi #yellowfootprints #drillinstructor #marines #semperfi #usmc #mcrd #mcrdsandiego #mcrdpi #recruit #brotherhood #challenge #enlisted #di #recruit #mcrdsandiego #mcrdpi #recruit 1w

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u.s._marines_terre_haute Please welcome Kateland Bailey to the team here at RSS Terre Haute! She's the newest member of the United States Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program! #futuremarines #semperfi #yellowfootprints #drillinstructor #marines #usmc #usa #eagleglobeandanchor #thetitle #earnednevergiven #forourcountryforusall #poolee #devildog #pullups #military #moto #femalemarine 1w

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marineswest Such a honor on presenting Cristian his $180,000 NROTC Scholarship award in front of the parents and seniors of Chaminade. Your hard work, maturity and dedication set you apart from Seniors across the nation. Cristian will be attending San Diego State University and starting his path on becoming a Officer in the Marines. The team at #RSSGH wish you the best and are extremely proud of you.
#THEFEW #THEPROUD #THEMARINES #HONOR #COURAGE #COMMITMENT #12mcd #USMC #whythemarines #RSLAX #yellowfootprints #elco #elcaminorealhighschool #ecrchs #bootcamp #chaminade #calabasashs : @sgtcruz0811
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sgtcruz0811 Such a honor on presenting Cristian his $180,000 NROTC Scholarship award in front of the parents and seniors of Chaminade. Your hard work, maturity and dedication set you apart from Seniors across the nation. Cristian will be attending San Diego State University and starting his path on becoming a Officer in the Marines. The team at #RSSGH wish you the best and are extremely proud of you.
#THEFEW #THEPROUD #THEMARINES #HONOR #COURAGE #COMMITMENT #12mcd #USMC #whythemarines #RSLAX #yellowfootprints #elco #elcaminorealhighschool #ecrchs #bootcamp #chaminade #calabasashs
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  •   cristiangoujon Thank you Sgt. Cruz. I'm very grateful for your help and support through the process. 1w

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