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May 25 11:52 AM

Young Marines set next recruit class

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington will hold the next recruit training class for the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program staring June 11.

Parents can start registering to enroll their boys and girls aged 8 to 18 by Saturday, June 2, at the Viking Drive Substation. An orientation will take place on that day at 2 p.m.

The training class for this year will run from June 11 through June 25, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Graduation will be held June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Viking Drive Substation.

Training for the Young Marines includes indoctrination into the program, leadership skills, physical training, teamwork, discipline and confidence building skills. The program also instills the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment and promotes a healthy drug-free lifestyle. Once they graduate, the Young Marines hold routine training sessions to continue leadership growth, conduct community service and engage in various youth activities.

The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the United States Marine Corps. More than 1,100 young men and women have graduated from the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program since its inception here in 2002.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and is commanded by Deputy Lex Webb.

To obtain a Young Marines application, stop by the Viking Drive Substation or go to www.bossier sheriff.com and click under Support Services Division on the top left side. Also, check out the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bossier-Sheriffs-Young-Marines/279776868859100.

You can always find out more by calling the Young Marines headquarters at 318-549-6815 or the Viking Drive Substation at 318-965-3500.

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