Career Research Project

Marine Corps Infantryman
Derek Pettifer

Marine Corps Requirements
To Graduate Boot Camp

1. Good with Teamwork

2. Trustworthiness

3. Physical Fitness

4. Mental Toughness

5. Ability to follow Orders

Educational Requirements

1. At least 17 years of age

2. Have not reached 29th birthday at enlistment

3. Proof of legal residency

4. Physical examination

5. High school diploma

6. Recruit training at MCRD Parris Island or MCRD San Diego

7. School of Infantry or Marine Combat Training and Military Occupational Specialty School

Where Training Occurs

My Marine Corps training will take place at Parris Island, South Carolina because I live on the east side of the Mississippi and people on the west side go to San Diego, California. Parris Island is a 8,095 acre training camp for enlisted Marines. All male recruits east of the Mississippi report here and all females east or west report here. About 17,000 recruits are trained by Marines each year and each recruit stays their for basic for about 13 weeks. They are trained in using weapons, a martial arts program, personal hygiene and cleanliness, close order drill, and Marine Corps history. The training emphasizes physical fitness, combat effectiveness, and tests your determination.

Important Quotes I Strive to Live by

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower

"The only easy day was yesterday"

-Navy Seal philosophy

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
George Orwell

“From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.”
William Shakespeare, Henry V

Role Models in My Life

I don't have any in particular. If I had to choose I would say and Marine or Special Forces member because they make constant sacrifices. Many Army and Navy soldiers join just because they can't afford a college education and that is their way of getting one (no disrespect). Through the benefits of enlisting. Marines, officers, Special Forces, and the Air Force take a commitment that outweighs the benefits and they are joining for a more deep and personal reason and they are making bigger sacrifices.

Back on topic I would say anyone who would make a selfless sacrifice for another, even if they don't deserve it, is a definite role model to me. It is the ultimate show of character and kindness. Some random examples would be a soldier falling on a grenade for his comrades, Teddy Roosevelt, or Jesus (I am a Christian even though most don't get that impression).

Marine to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan heroism

A 24 year-old William Kyle Carpenter, medically retired as a Marine Corporal. He is to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest possible reward given in military service for heroic deeds. Only 2 were given during the Afghanistan and Iraq war in total so this is a very honorable reward. He earned it in every way possible for his selfless act of kindness.

He earned the medal for jumping on a grenade and smothering the blast as best as he could with his body to save his best friend Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufrazio. They were both standing guard on Afghanistan's Helmand province when the grenade was thrown. Nicholas was badly wounded from the blast and is on a slow road to recovery and William was also in very bad shape.

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