Boot camp offers chance to 'step up' leadership skills

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 07:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Feb. 15 is the deadline for parents who want to sign their children up for next month's 26-hour Emerald Coast Young Marines boot camp.  

Boot camp — March 1, 8 and 15, for children ages 8 to high school graduates — will require participation in drills, running and completing multiple team-building exercises.

"The boot camp is the initial way to become part of the Emerald Coast Young Marines," Unit Cmdr. Lynn Dominique said.

And prospective recruits, take note: You will be watched throughout the camp.

"Every single recruit has the opportunity to step up and show leadership," Gunnery Sgt. Michael Warren said. "We are scrutinizing them the entire way, so if they have traits that exemplify good leadership, we are going to take note of that."

That could mean promotion to higher ranks within the organization.

The camp takes place at several locations, including the Crestview Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 75, Twin Hills Park and a U.S. Army Ranger training facility on Eglin Air Force Base.

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