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Week 12: Emblem Ceremony

Fifty-five hours ago we stepped off on our crucible. We are tired, we are hungry, and we are sore. But we are here. We are here to join with those who came before us to claim the title of United States Marine. For this we are truly grateful to you. You forced us to rely on each other and on you, and you forged us into a team to prepare us for this day when we join the band of brothers and sisters known simply as The Corps.

We ask that you continue to watch over us with your grace, that we may live up to the legacy of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

Throughout Recruit Training your drill instructors have led, inspired and motivated. Most importantly these Marines have taught you that the Marine Corps finds its strength in our foundational values of honor, courage, and commitment. The Marine Corps is a way of life. Don't ever forget that. We welcome you into our ranks. You will forever be a United States Marine. Semper Fidelis.

In my opinion, the biggest challenge was basically becoming bigger than yourself to reach inside and to give 110 all the time.

The toughest thing I would have to say was coming from the forming phase, and as soon as you get here to learning discipline, to working up to the crucible to get 72, 75 recruits working together to be as one.

Adapting. Adapting to a new culture, different people, different ideas, people of different ages, learning respect and learning to be humble and learning to be fair in all instances to become a Marine.

Honor, courage and commitment is something that you live. It's not something that you just carry it, and then when they're gone and they're not around you do what you want to do. It's the complete opposite. Honor, courage and commitment is something that you live and you breathe, and all of our drill instructors have continued to instill that in us.

The doubt, lack of confidence, lack of assuredness is gone.

Now I'm extremely motivated, determined.

A complete transformation of who I was to who I am now from everything; from loyalty to just the discipline, to the pride of belonging. So being a Marine now is a lifestyle change. It's so much more than just being part of an organization; it's joining a brotherhood, joining a family. If you come from a place where you didn't have a family, you had no discipline; in the last 12 weeks we have transformed over 200 plus recruits at one point, now Marines, into a family that is willing to fight and ready to fight for our country.