The Marine Cadets are looking for a few good young men for its annual recruit training program that kicks off next month.
For many young men, the Marine Cadets is their first step towards a career of serving the nation.
Hundreds of Marine Cadets are from Connecticut, aged 10 to 16, and have experienced first-hand over the decades, military training just like the Marines in Parris Island.
The members of the Connecticut Corp, which meets weekly in New Haven, are looking for new recruits for its upcoming boot camp.
Jack Dunn, 15, got the inspiration to join the Marine Cadets from his father J.T. Dunn.
"It taught you respect, maturity, military bearing you know it squares away kids,” Dunn said. "It was a lot more screaming than I expected. A lot more push-ups ...I think it was good."
The Connecticut Recruit Platoon will begin Oct. 12, a process all Marine Cadets go through, like six year veteran David Vargas.
"It gives you a lot of the skills that you need in order to succeed and become a better team member and a better leader,” Master Sgt. David Vargas said.
"It taught me not to give up on things even though things might get hard sometimes,” Dunn said.
Master Sgt. Nick Vitale, 19, said the program is a stepping stone to a military career.
"I always wanted to be a Marine. Being inspired by my grandfather...seizing the brotherhood, the history and everything he's gone through, honestly it just pulled me right in,” Vitale said.
For those interested in becoming a Marine Cadet, Recruit Training is held on Wednesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on Woodward Avenue in New Haven, from October until graduation in April.
After graduation Recruits become Cadets and will drill with the rest of the unit on Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The unit meets from October until July each year
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