PUBLISHED: 4:06 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Military news
Marine Corps Pfc. Chester P. Ginter, Jr, son of retired Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Chester P. and Lee Ann Ginter of Ketchikan, Alaska, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Ginter and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics.

Ginter and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values - honor, courage and commitment, and what the core values mean in guiding personal and professional conduct.

Ginter and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.