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Marine recruit graduates from Parris Island

We're one day away from when one our own touches down on Parris Island, SC to get up close and personal with Marine recruits. (Source: WALB) We're one day away from when one our own touches down on Parris Island, SC to get up close and personal with Marine recruits. (Source: WALB)
U.S. Marine Private First Class Anthony Mcroy (Source: WALB) U.S. Marine Private First Class Anthony Mcroy (Source: WALB)
Anthony Mcroy, middle (Source: WALB) Anthony Mcroy, middle (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

WALB News 10's Re-Essa Buckels will be attending the U.S. Marine Corps Educator's Workshop to study how marines are made.

Buckels has done a series of stories leading up to her trip.

Earlier this week, she spoke with an Albany man who recently graduated from the 13-week bootcamp. 

It's been three months since Anthony McRoy became a marine. 

Fresh out of Monroe High School, McRoy decided to go straight into the armed services. 

His father served in the Army and his uncle was in the Navy. 

But McRoy said the U.S. Marine Corps was the best fit for him, and he was certainly up for the challenge until he started bootcamp.  

"On the way there to Parris Island, I was thinking that I'm ready, I can do this. Then I got there, it was like a whole another like twist and turns that I didn't expect," said U.S. Marine Private First Class McRoy. 

Like many recruits, McRoy had to adjust to the environment and the different phases in bootcamp.

Swimming was one of the biggest challenges for him.

Another activity was the rifle range, a course McRoy passed with flying colors. 

After graduation, he worked as a recruiting assistant, then went to combat training. 

Now his job is to help purify water. McRoy plans to get his degree and eventually retire as a Marine. 

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