2002-07-13 / Community

Completed Basic Training

Completed Basic Training

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Jason T. Chase, son of Leah A. and David E. Chase of Far Rockaway, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Chase successfully completed twelve weeks of training designed to challenge new marine recruits both physically and mentally.

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

Chase 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.

Chase and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team effort, problem-solving evolution, which culminated with an emotional ceremony in which the recruits were presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and were addressed as "Marines" for the first time since boot camp began.

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