Scherzer completes Marine recruit training at Parris Island

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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Marine Corps Pvt. Kyle R. Scherzer, son of Dale and Stacy Scherzer of Haubstadt and grandson of Robert and Margie Scherzer of New Boston, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island.

For 13 weeks, Scherzer stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to become a Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history and customs and courtesies. Also, rifle qualifications with an M-16A4 service rifle, where he qualified as an expert, the best of three marksmanship ranks, and received a rifle-expert badge for qualifying.
One week prior to graduation, Scherzer endured the Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Scherzer’s next destination will be Camp Lejeune, N.C., and the School of Infantry, followed by Security Forces training in Virginia. Scherzer is a 2012 graduate of Gibson Southern High School.