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Marine Ranks Swell by More Than a Few

The Corps, along with other service branches, are getting plenty of applicants. The war hasn’t affected recruiting so far. Sgt. Jason Samuel is on the prowl. In malls and high school cafeterias. In homes where anxious parents pepper him with questions and in hangouts where kids gather. He comes, in a time of war, with a simple sales pitch: Become a Marine and transform yourself into a warrior imbued with the nobility of service. In his dress blues, shoes shined to a reflective gloss, Samuel, 25, seems to have stepped out of a recruiting poster. “When I joined the Marines eight years ago,” he’ll tell parents who sit at their kitchen table with a son or a daughter, “I was scared to death of heights. You see these wings on my uniform? I’m jump-qualified now. I was terrified of water. Today, I’m a licensed scuba diver. That’s what the Corps does for you.” Full Story

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