YOUNG MARINES CLASS 29 GRADUATES SATURDAY
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will deliver the keynote address Saturday as he graduates 22 recruits with Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Class 29 on Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.
The recruits completed a two-week-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.
“Our staff and volunteers work diligently to provide a positive influence for our young people, and I am so proud of the accomplishments of these recruits as they’ve earned the title of Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines,” said Sheriff Whittington. “The Young Marines program is one of the best youth programs that helps mold the lives of young men and women.”
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 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.
To find out more about the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marine program, call 318-965-3500 or stop by the Viking Drive Substation at 2510 Viking Drive in Bossier City.