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Football player trades pads in for flak

After four years of playing offensive tackle on his high school’s football team, he was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., to  play football. Almost two years later, Recruit Bernard D. Lueken, Platoon 3246, Company L, couldn’t continue playing the role of a football player in the spotlight. He had to listen to the voice inside him that urged him to fulfill his desire to become a United States Marine.
When Lueken was a freshman at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Creve Coeur, Miss., he demonstrated a talent for football. Chaminade is a private high school designed for serious students intent on attending college, Lueken said.
“I tried out for the football team as a freshman and was advised by the coach to pursue an athletic career in football,” said Lueken, a St. Louis, Miss., native.
For four years, Lueken held the position of offensive tackle for the Chaminade
Red Devils.
Lueken’s dedication and loyalty can be attributed to his mother, who lost the battle to breast cancer when he was 14 years old. She had strong character and was one of the first women Marines to graduate from bootcamp after it was designed to replicate men’s training, he said. She served six years in the Corps. (continue reading…)
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Fighting to belong

America has traditionally been known around the world as the land of opportunity because of the many immigrants who come to the United States aspiring to a better life.

Some of them join the Armed Forces, which can also accelerate the process of gaining their citizenship and earning  the right to stay.

Erbol Bekmuratov, a recruit with Platoon 2012, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and an immigrant from Almaty, Kazakhstan, said he joined the Marine Corps for several reasons.

“I chose the Marines because when I moved here, I heard they were the best this country had, and I wanted to belong to it,” Bekmuratov said.

“I joined because I wanted to earn my citizenship quickly and get money for school once I get out,” Bekmuratov added.

Bekmuratov moved from his country to Philadelphia when he was 16, after his father received a job in the city. Once Bekmuratov was old enough to join the Corps, he spoke with a recruiter.

While citizenship can be a motivating factor to the decision to join the military, other reasons exist as well. (continue reading…)

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