Accepting the challenge: Crestview High graduate training for Marines

Rct. Charles Bishop

Rct. Charles Bishop, a Crestview native, is scheduled to graduate as a United States Marine on Dec. 13.

Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 18:04 PM.

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.



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