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Tough physical conditioning is what makes Marines

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SAN DIEGO -- Before recruits become Marines, they have to endure a days-long hike and obstacle course called "The Crucible."

It includes a couple of challenges that gave Chad Pritchett second thoughts.

"I thought I was in trouble.  It was an interesting obstacle," he explained.

The first involves carrying a heavy can across a wire bridge with a partner. My partner and I creep across, but the heavy tank I've slung across my shoulder affects our center of gravity. 

Only a few of us make it, then we see the real challenge.

They call the obstacle "The Weaver." You weave over and under the logs of this structure without falling.

It takes nerves of steel, and coordination between your arms and legs and a little bit of momentum to make across this, and it's tough.

Our teachers realize Marines have it much tougher.

"It was just a fraction of what they had done and I had time to stop and rest. I didn't have someone yelling at me and didn't have gunfire over my head or anything like that I was just going and seeing if I could do that," said Pritchett.

"I'm taking away a few scrapes and bruises, a sense of pride about those scrapes and bruises," he added.

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