Marine Corps Pvt. Carl H. English, son of Lorene and William D. English of Ash Flat, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
English is a 2003 graduate of Highland High School.
English and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, English spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat, water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.
English and other recruits also received instruction to the Marine Corps' core values -- honor, courage and commitment -- and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.
English and fellow recruits ended the training phase with the Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.