Private First Class Frank Dixon, son of William and Brenda Dixon of Thayer, was accepted into the elite brotherhood of the United States Marines at a graduation ceremony held Jan. 10 in San Diego.
He completed 12 1/2 arduous weeks of training and testing in many areas, and earned sharpshooter in his marksmanship training. He also learned hand-to-hand combat, history, traditions, USMC customs and courtesies, intense physical fitness and drill, among other classes.
Gunnery Sergeant "Gunny" Gibson, who is the West Plains Marine Corps Recruiter, said, "We are all proud of PFC Dixon's accomplishments. The Marine Corps boot camp is the toughest military boot camp out there, and there are various tests specially designed to test a recruit's personal character. That is how we determine who has what it takes to be an elite Marine and who doesn't. Those who refuse to give up and have the strength of character go on earn the title of United States Marine. That is what PFC Dixon did. He not only met the challenge head-on, but he refused to give up and did outstanding in whatever obstacle he encountered. His attitude and achievements were a good reflection upon himself and this area, which he represented. He showed those DIs and hundreds of intently watching observers just what a young man from the Missouri Ozarks can do. We are proud to accept him into our elite brotherhood of Marines. I am extremely proud of him."
While serving as an active duty Marine, he will receive 100 percent paid tuition to the college or university of his choice. The only thing he will have to pay for is his books. In addition to this, he will also receive a $28,000 GI Bill to use at the college or university of his choice. And he will have coveted job experience being trained in some of the government's finest schools in a career of his own choosing. All of his living expenses are paid for by the Marine Corps, so his paychecks go to him to spend as he chooses.
PFC Dixon left for San Diego to complete his MCT training. From there he will go to one of the government's schools to learn his job specialty as a combat engineer.