Rockford graduate, Corey Waite, earns title “U.S. Marine”

MIL-WaiteArea native Private Corey Waite, 18, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego, CA, on June 28, 2013.

Waite enters into a proud, lifelong brotherhood composed of the select few men and women who have earned their place in the Corps’ ranks.

Putting his recruit’s honor, courage and commitment to the test, Waite faced the physically and mentally rigorous challenges packed into the 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp. The training was designed to enhance raw talent and to create the morale and discipline required of all Marines.

During recruit training, Waite joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world’s military elite. He learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill. The demanding physical fitness regimen placed Waite in the best shape of his life. The training honed vital military skills such as marksmanship, first-aid, martial arts and leadership.

Following approximately 10 days of well-earned leave, Waite will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. Then Waite will report to his first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.

Waite is a 2013 graduate of Rockford High School. He is the son of Jim and Colleen Waite, currently residing in Belmont. Waite was enlisted by Sgt. Cory A. Jeffers from the Marine Corps recruiting station in Grand Rapids, MI.

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