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Marines invite educators to boot camp to break down myths

July 29, 2012 | 10:19 am

As part of its recruiting effort, the Marine Corps routinely invites educators from throughout the western U.S. to spend four days at the boot camp in San Diego.

The Marines' stated goal is to break down any opposition to having recruiters contact high school students or visit campuses.

"We definitely want to be part of your school," an officer told teachers, counselors and school administrators from Los Angeles and Sacramento during an "educator workshop" last week.

Most — but not all — of the educators come away impressed by the Marine methods and the educational opportunities afforded recruits.


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Photo: Educators on a bus at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, receiving brief from drill instructor. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times