Marine Corps Pvt. Robert M. Lane and Marine Corps
Pvt. Zachariah E. Weaver recently completed 12 weeks
of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San
Diego. The training is designed to challenge new
Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Lane is the son of Ann M. Lane of Dallas and John T.
Lane of Calico Rock.
Weaver is the son of Sandra Dodge of Wiseman and
Jimmy E. Weaver of Mountain Home.
Lane and Weaver began their training at 5 a.m. by
running three miles and performing calisthenics. In
addition to the physical assignments which included
learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water
survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and
assorted weapons training, they performed class order
drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field
They also received instruction on the Marine Corps'
core values -- honor, courage and commitment, and
what the words mean in guiding personal and
The 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.
Weaver is a 2002 graduate of Cotter High school and
joined the Marine Corps in April of 2003.