Local grad completes Marine training
Justtin Muilenburg, a 2017 graduate of Renaissance Public Academy, completed Marine Corps basic training Jan. 12, 2018, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.
During training, Justtin earned the expert marksman ranking, scored top in his platoon's physical fitness test and received a meritorious promotion to Private First Class. Justtin also served as a prayer leader for his platoon.
To earn the eagle globe and anchor insignia and the title of Marine, the recruits start their 13-week training deprived of sleep for the first day or two. This is just one of the many stress-inducing tactics in what is said to be the most demanding training of all the military services.
The grand finale is called the Crucible, the test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. This nearly three-day endurance trek stretches out over 45 miles with full gear and heavy pack, (10 of those miles is up a steep mountain called the "Grim Reaper") with little food and less sleep. Along the way, these men practice team work, self-discipline and exercise tenacity. They gain a new appreciation for what is possible, where others might give up.
Justtin is now at Camp Pendleton doing infantry training.