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My Girl is Becoming A Marine...in the next 3 Days!!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

The Crucible!
For simplicity's sake, the Wikipedia description (with some correction) is:
The Crucible is the final test in recruit training, and represents the culmination of all of the skills and knowledge a Marine should possess. Designed in 1996 to emphasize the importance of teamwork in overcoming adversity, the Crucible is a rigorous 54-hour field training exercise demanding the application of everything a recruit has learned until that point in recruit training, and includes a total of 48 miles of marching. It simulates typical combat situations with strenuous testing, hardship, and the deprivation of food and sleep. A recruit is given three MREs (= Meal Ready-to-Eat, a self-contained, individual field ration) and four to eight hours of sleep through the entire 54-hour event.
On the final day of the Crucible, recruits are awoken and begin their final march. Following this is the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor ceremony, where the recruits receive the eponymous emblem, and thereby cease to be recruits, finally becoming Marines. Immediately following this, recruits are offered the "Warrior's Breakfast", including steak, eggs, potatoes, fruits/vegies, etc. where they are permitted to eat as much as they like, even of previously forbidden foods, such as ice cream.
That being said, my baby-girl, her platoon The Mighty 4029, along with several other platoons at MCRD PI (Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island) and the 1029 and 1030 and others at MCRD SD (San Diego) began their Crucible at 0400 this morning. Approximately 48 hours from right NOW, they will be crossing their finish line and will become UNITED STATES MARINES.
Now, I am a proud Mama anyway and have encouraged and supported both of our daughters in everything they've wanted, tried, attempted and succeeded to do. I was at every softball game (even coached for several years), Kung Fu practice and tournament, dance and danceline rehearsal and recital/performance for the last 21 years. I've cheered. I've cried. I've yelled. I've even booed a couple of times.....
BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN AS PROUD OF ANYONE AS I AM OF ANNE JOYCE COOPER RIGHT NOW!!!
My little girl, all of 5'2", 100lbs soaking wet!, has made it her mission to serve in the United States Armed Forces since she was 8!!! And she chose the Marines and the Marines chose her 14 months ago. She wanted to be an MP, but she's a little too short (don't tell the Marines that she's already got a Black Belt in Kung Fu and could probably whoop her DIs arse.....they only wanna know how tall she isn't...) so she's happy that she is going to be an aviation mechanic cuz she LOVES MOTORS!!! Yeah, THAT'S MY LITTLE GIRL!!! All frilly and primpy and soft....NOT!!!
So, please take a minute, in the next 48 hours, to say a little prayer for the females of the 4029 and the males of the 1029 and 1030 (her buddies from RSS BV) and ALL of the other recruits who are beating The Crucible to become one of:

"The Few, The Proud"(males) "The Fewer, The Prouder"(females) "The United States Marine Corps.

Thank you from one of:
"The Fewest, The Proudest" USMC MOM!!!
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MINICOOPER452 9/12/2011 10:50PM

    BAILEYRAE11!!! If you come back and read this PLEASE friend me and we can talk.........I know your momma will be proud of you. It's what we do! And, I want to get to know you and write to you in boot. It is tough, but it's soooooooooooooooooo worth it!

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MITECU 9/12/2011 8:58AM

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BAILEYRAE11 9/11/2011 10:55PM

  I hope my momma feels that proud when I complete basic. I made the decision to swear into the USMC a month ago today, and leave for basic July 18th, after I finish high school. I can relate to some of the posts above when the mention being limited on what you can do because of being female or to short, but I found what I wanted to do anyway! Excited to leave for boot camp! (or to get it over with, and be a Marine :P)

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PAMNANGEL 9/11/2011 11:44AM

    Semper fi! OOOOORAH! {salute} emoticon



(It's too bad we don't have an emotican for our militarys flags.)

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TRACYZABELLE 9/11/2011 11:13AM

    How proud you must be~

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 9/10/2011 4:04PM

    Congratulations!!

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RONNIEHUEY 9/10/2011 11:28AM

    Hi! my daughter completed basic in April and just completed her training as a helicopter mechanic (Apaches 64s etc) She left for Ft Jackson Colorado yesterday.She will be there 2-4 years except when she deploys to Afghanistan early next year.She also is a girl y girl who became an EMT before the Army.She tried for over a year to become a medic in any branch of the service ,but had trouble because she was female.So she went with who ever could put her around helicopters the fastest.When she gets out,she wants to work as an EMT on a medi vac helicopter for LA county etc...I'm so proud of the kid.She turned 21 Sept 5th.
Check out my blogs .Bless your child!May she stay safe!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/8/2011 9:37PM

    OOOOORAH!!!!

As a proud Marine Mom I know exactly what you are feeling right now. She has been in my prayers all along, and will continue to be. Can't wait to see her graduation picture--those dress blues just take my breath away!!

Semper Fi!

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CHLOEGRACE1 9/8/2011 4:03PM

    My prayers to her and her fellow Marines, and I thank them for serving our country.

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KITRAE2 9/8/2011 1:18PM

    Semper Fi !

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/8/2011 11:26AM

    Wow....intense!

What a proud mama you are! Congrats to Anne, she is one strong girl! Can't wait to hear how it all went for her.

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ALICIA214 9/8/2011 11:06AM

 


AMEN!!!

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LINDAJ0621 9/8/2011 10:50AM

    Wow...I loved this!!! Thank you so much for the details on that process and for sharing your daughter's awesome accomplishments. Congrats!!!
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BELLEHUE 9/8/2011 10:31AM

    Congratulations! I wish I could see your face. I bet you are just beaming with pride. A small prayer and a big thank you to the 4029, 1029, and 1030!

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MCLAFLIN 9/8/2011 10:20AM

    That is awesome! She will go through a bit of "hell on earth" over the next few days, but will emerge stronger! Congrats on her accomplishment!

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