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My Decision to Join an Elite Force.

Posted By: Zakare Logan 07-07-10

Joining the Marine Corps was the biggest decision I've ever made in my life. All throughout my life I've never saw anything through; I've quit everything I started like sports, band, etc. I drifted through high school, never really made my mark on anything I did, and barely passed. For years, I've had people telling me that I had potential and that I needed to realize it. I never really believed them until after I graduated high school. I've only been out of school for a year and when I look back on my life, I realize that I haven't accomplished anything. My mom first brought up to me joining the Marines, and at first I was reluctant; I didn't know what to think of it. Although I talked to my recruiter during my junior year, I never spoke to him again until a couple months ago. Back then, I was 257 pounds, I felt like I couldn't do it, that I wouldn't be able to be a part of the elite fighting force of the Marines. I lacked self-confidence and and I had a mental barrier that stopped me and told me I couldn't do anything. When I finally did decide to commit myself to joining the Marines, I immediately started training, doing cardio and trying to lose weight. I remember when I first started, I went to my first PT as a guest and wanted to work out with them to see what all the other Marine Recruits did as part of their weekly training. The first thing we did was our timed mile and a half run, and I was out of breath, dying, after the first three quarter mile, and I couldn't even do a pull up. I continued my training and now today I'm in the best shape than I've ever been before. I'm currently 194 pounds and I leave for boot camp on January 18th, 2011. I have to thank my recruiter, SSGT Llamas, and my mom for being there with me every step of the way, and never giving up on me. I know I couldn't do this by myself, and as a Marine, I know everything is a team effort, and that nobody gets left behind.

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