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July 05 09:35 AM

Bossier Young Marines Class 27 graduates


Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington graduated 15 recruits with Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Class 27 on Saturday, June 29, at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.

The recruits completed a oneweek-long regimen of indoctrination and training, including leadership skills, physical training, teamwork, discipline and confidence building skills in order to become Young Marines. The program also instills the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment, and promotes a healthy drug-free lifestyle.

The guest speaker was Richey Jackson, director of the Bossier/Webster Parish Truancy Center.

The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the United States Marine Corps. The Bossier Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement agency in North Louisiana to implement the program, which began its first class of recruits in 2002. Since then, the lives of about 1,000 young men and women have been impacted by the Bossier Sheriff Young Marines program.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington. Volunteer instructors with the United States Marine Corps assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines in Bossier City are also an integral part in the training.

“The Young Marines program continues to be one of the best youth programs that helps mold the lives of young men and women,” said Sheriff Whittington. “I am very proud of our staff, Marine Corps volunteers and the recruits who have worked so to earn the title of Young Marine.”

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