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May graduates from basic training

Thursday, December 11, 2003

Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher E. May, son of Melanie K. and Daniel B. Evert of Hardy, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

May and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, May 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.

May and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values -- honor, courage and commitment -- and what the words mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

May 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.

May is a 2003 graduate of Highland High school.

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