In April of 2016, Globe Gazette reporter Ashley Miler and I followed West Fork teacher Laura Shafer and about 20 other educators from Iowa and Nebraska to San Diego, California as they participated in the Marine Corps Educators Workshop. While visiting the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Camp Pendleton and Air Station Miramar, we were given  a small glimpse of the intense 13-week training a recruit will endure on the road to becoming a U.S. Marine.

Here is a behind the scenes look at the first night a recruit is received at MCRD, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor ceremony following the completion of the Crucible, a 54-hour training event with limited food, sleep and over 45 miles of marching at Camp Pendleton, and the culmination of the 13-week bootcamp, graduation.

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