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"The Crucible" turns recruits into Marines

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CAMP PENDLETON, CA. -- Several hundred recruits become marines after one of the toughest tests of physical endurance you can imagine.

You can see the pain, hunger and exhaustion on their faces as they near the end of a more than two-day ordeal called "The Crucible."

It happens at Camp Pendleton, in the very last step of Marine Corps training where The Crucible happens. An hours-long process ends here, where the recruits actually become marines.

This is week 11. It's dawn. Fog still hangs in the air. Recruits begin marching down from a hillside. They're exhausted, dirty, and hungry after hours upon hours of training.

For the past 11 weeks, officers called them "recruits." But now, at this moment, on this hillside, they earn their title "Marine".

This is the point the 10 weeks of training where we pushed you where you thought were your limits to prove to you that you are more than you thought you were capable.

This is as emotional as it gets, hearing these guys sing the Marine Hymn. Watching their faces, some them crying as they went through this. This is an amazing experience for them, but for us just watching it.

It's a very emotional moment for Cash -- his full name is John Cash -- named after the singer. Born into poverty in the Philippines. A Stateside family adopted him. Cash tells us of other family members in the military.  He joined the Marines for a reason.

Cash's brother also going through this same boot camp.

An accomplishment and a moment that he shares with his fellow marines.

"You've earned this so hold you heads high because you've done something more than a majority of the world could hope to achieve," says their commanding officer.

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