Seniors graduate with ambitions for the Marine Corps

Savannah Frazier, Reporter

Two 2014 graduates, Jon Frazier and Kyle O’Brien are taking a step forward with their lives and joining the U.S. Marine Corps.
Frazier plans on taking part in the organization for 20 years and afterwards aspires to be in a General Grade Officer position.

“I knew I was strong enough to help a very fine organization, not only to defend our country from our worst adversaries, but be beneficial to the whole world in times of crisis,” Frazier said.

Both seniors expect the experience to be both challenging and very rewarding.

“I expect inevitable hardships, to meet incredible people and mentors, to obtain once in a lifetime opportunities and to give back to the country that has provided me with freedom,” Frazier said.

The Marine Corps is based on a simple motto, “Semper Fidelis, always faithful.”

“To me, being a part of the Marines is a sense of being something bigger than yourself,” O’Brien said.
Frazier also has strong reasons for joining.

“Being a Marine to me means being an incredibly strong amenable American who will always have the honor of being one of those first to fight,” Frazier said.

The Marines is the smallest branch of the U.S. military, but it is considered one of the toughest. The organization itself says that few have what it takes to become a Marine.

“I want to be one of the few and the proud,” Frazier said.

Both seniors expect nothing but an uphill battle from their experiences from both boot camp and the start of their careers as U.S. Marines, but expect to gain much more coming out of their experience.

“I expect to gain discipline, benefits and a Marine Corps family,” O’Brien said.

Both recruits have already been officially sworn into the Marines.

Frazier said, “Ok, this is it. This is the point in my life where I can really start to follow my dream, which is to become a highly respected, memorable leader of the finest branch in the U.S. Military.”