Marine Corps Pvt. Alex R. Sokolowski, son of Cyra A. and Matthew R. Sokolowski of Clearwater, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
The recruit completed 13 weeks of 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, Sokolowski 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.
Sokolowski is a 2012 graduate of Tarpon Springs High School.
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The following military personnel graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
Army Pvt. Justin K. Adams is the son of Janet Mercer of Clearwater. He is a 2012 graduate of Mavericks High School, Clearwater.
Army Pfc. Kyle P. Goodnow is the son of Virginia Wistner of Clearwater. He is a 2012 graduate of Dunedin High.
During nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.