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    12 Weeks: Marine Corps Recruit Training(1:46)

    Marine recruits in their 12th and final week of training reflect on their personal transformation and their future as Marines. Marine Corps Recruit Training is 12 weeks of intense challenges that transform recruits into Marines. Recruits must succeed as individuals and as a team to earn the title.

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Speaker 1: In my opinion, the biggest challenge was basically becoming bigger than yourself to reach inside and give 110 all the time.

Speaker 2: The toughest thing, I would have to say, as coming from home as soon as you get here, to learning discipline, to working up to the crucible to get 72 to 75 recruits working together to be as one.

Speaker 3: Leapt into new cultures, different people, different ideas, people of different ages earning respect, and learning to be humble and learning to be fair, in all instances, to become a Marine.

Speaker 4: Honor, courage and commitment is something that you live. It's not something that you just carry and then when they're gone and they're not around you do what you want to do. It's the complete opposite; honor, courage and commitment is something that you live and that you breathe, and all of our drill instructors have continued to instill that in us.

Speaker 5: The amount of discipline that some of these Marines have now than what they came here with, it's an immaculately different scene than it is now than from when they first got here.

Speaker 3: The doubt, lack of confidence, lack of assuredness is gone.

Speaker 1: I wasn't as motivated as he was before, now extremely motivated — determined.

Speaker 4: A complete transformation of who I was to who I am now from everything from loyalty, to just the discipline, to the pride of belonging. So being a Marine now is a lifestyle change. It's so much more than just being part of an organization. It's joining a brotherhood, joining a family. If you come from a place where you didn't have a family, you had no discipline. In the last 12 weeks we have transformed over 200-plus recruits, at one point, now Marines, into a family that is willing to fight and ready to fight for our country.