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Jay completes basic training

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 23, June 05, 2002

PARIS ISLAND, SC Marine Corps Pvt. Joshua A. Jay, son of Cynthia J. and Kenneth R. Jay of Milo, recently completed basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

Jay successfully completed 12 weeks of training designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Jay and fellow recruits began their training at 5am, by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program. Jay spent numerous house 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 their field training.

Jay 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.

Jay 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.

Jay is a 2001 graduate of Penquis Valley High School of Milo.

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