Area natives, Pvt. Thomas Schultzetenberg, 19, and Pvt. Tayler Lara, 18, earned the title “U.S. Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego in October.
Schultzetenberg and Lara enter 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, both 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, Schultzetenberg and Lara joined others from across the country to undertake the quest to be among the world’s military elite. They learned time-honored military customs and courtesies and mastered close-order drill. The demanding physical fitness regimen placed both 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, Schultzetenberg and Lara will attend school to learn his occupational specialty. Then they will report to his first duty station to gain further knowledge and experience serving with a Marine Corps unit.
Schultzetenberg is a 2012 graduate of Osseo High School and Lara is also a 2012 graduate of OSH. They were both enlisted by Sgt. Brandon Stott from the Marine Corps recruiting office in Coon Rapids.