The following military personnel earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
Marine Corps Pvt. Walter L. Smith is the son of Sheri L. Lawrence of Land O Lakes and Walter L. Smith III of Clearwater. Smith is a 2011 graduate of Sunlake High, Land O Lakes.
Marine Corps Pvt. Matthew F. Kicklighter is the son of Sharon Inzerillo of Clearwater. He is a 2006 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.
Marine Corps Pvt. Zachery B. Martin is the son of Gena Stanford of Largo and Dennis Martin of Clearwater. Martin is a 2011 graduate of Osceola Fundamental High, Seminole.
The recruits 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, they took part in 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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Air Force Airman Jessica L. Feihl, daughter of Julie and William Feihl of Safety Harbor, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
She is a 2012 graduate of Countryside High, Clearwater.