Crestview native Rct. Charles Bishop, 18, is training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine.


Crestview native Rct. Charles Bishop, 18,  is training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine.



Bishop training with Platoon 3097, Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion is scheduled to graduate Dec. 13.



I decided to join the Marine Corps because I have always been competitive in life, and the Marines gave me the challenge of a lifetime. So I accepted that challenge," Bishop, a 2013 Crestview High School graduate, said. "I heard the Marine Corps can give me the discipline and self-confidence I need."



Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines. They endure 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training.



Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.