St. Louis educators get drilled at Marine Boot Camp

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(KTVI)-Gunfire is a familiar sound at the Camp Pendleton shooting range. It’s usually Marine Corps recruits pulling the triggers, but this time it’s 15 educators from the St. Louis area. They were invited to San Diego to experience Marine Boot Camp.

It's called the Marine Corps Educators Workshop and it's aimed at giving high school principals, teachers and counselors information about the Corps they can share with their students. Aside from learning how to use an M4 Carbine, the weapon of choice for the Corps, they’re also learning how to work as a team during problem solving and fitness challenges.

Ninety-nine percent of Marine recruits are high school graduates and their average age is 19.

Cathy Freeman, principal at Hillsboro High School in Missouri, said, “I think it’s going to be a really great experience for myself my counselors to be able to talk to our kids about.”

During the week long experience, the educators also learn what recruits will face after boot camp. It’s a role these educators say they take seriously.

How do drill instructors welcome Marine Corps recruits to boot camp in San Diego? Loudly. The deafening directions are aimed at pushing recruits like Manchester, MO native Christopher Harvey to perform under pressure. The Parkway South graduate gets another dose of drilling from the instructors during a phone call home.

Before recruit Harvey left for boot camp, he said he wasn't afraid.

“'It’s no fear for me, but I can see my mom being afraid just because I am her middle son.”

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