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Rich enlists in Marine Corps

The United States Marine Corps announces the enlistment of Garrett Rich of Pulaski County.

Rich, a 2017 graduate of Pulaski County High School who has a family history of military service, will depart for Parris Island, South Carolina, Aug. 10, 2018, where he will undergo training to become a 3521-Diesel Mechanic.

While all Marines are riflemen first, Diesel Mechanics are assigned as a part of a motor transport company and are responsible for the service, inspection, maintenance and repair of motor transport equipment at the field level in support of the Marine Corps combat mission.

They are also responsible for the safe operation of the mechanics’ shop, storage of tools, storage of hazardous materials (fuels, lubricants, batteries) and troubleshooting vehicle failures. This includes all of a vehicle’s systems, such as transmission, steering, cooling, braking and electrical. Replacing complete engines and transmissions are also part of the job.

During the course of their enlistment, these mechanics complete skill enhancement courses and schools to improve their knowledge and skill sets.

Marine Corps Recruits arrive on Parris Island and undergo 13 weeks of basic training that include such topics as military history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, hand-to-hand combat, close order drill and ceremony, water survival, rifle marksmanship, land navigation and proper wear of the uniform.

The final test of training is known as the Crucible, a 54-hour field event that tests the recruits on knowledge, skill and values they have been taught throughout training. Only after successful completion of this test are they awarded their Eagle, Globe and Anchors, symbolizing their transformation from recruits to Marines.

Upon completion of basic training, Marines report to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, for additional combat training before shipping to various military occupational schools located across the country.

Rich, the son of Monica Rich of Pulaski, will receive the $85,000 G.I. Bill after completion of his four-year enlistment and an additional $4,500 per year education bonus.

To find out what opportunities the United States Marine Corp may have for you, contact SSGT Matthew Williams at (304) 389-1184.

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