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Teachers' USMC trip yields new types of education

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SAN DIEGO --  Most of our series on Marine Corps recruit training has focused on physical training and hardware. But the Corps went to great lengths to show the teachers the benefits of the Corps, too, both ones they get in the Corps and benefits to society when they leave.

Jon McKinney says after a week of first-hand learning about the United States Marine Corps, he has a better idea of what the Corps does and stands for.

"Something we can take back and offer our kids let them know what's available, let them know there's another opportunity that they may not have," said McKinney.

He and others spent the week learning about the discipline and leadership it takes to be a Marine. They went through some of the toughest physical challenges they'd ever seen.

They'd gone though some of the training Marines go through, from the shooting range to live action drills.

But they also learned about character.

"When we make Marines, we transform them but we also make quality U.S. citizens," explained Col. Stefan Bien Asst. Chief of Staff MCRD.

It's the kind of thing you see in recruits like Caleb Malone.  

"In everything you do here it's you learn how to lead, you learn from a leadership perspective and you learn how to be pushed as a leader," said Malone.

Our teachers also learned about life as a Marine, the fun they have in their downtime and their educational opportunities, and how the Corps makes a commitment to help prepare them for jobs outside the military.

It's why the Corps brought the teachers here in the first place.

"We need the influence of all the teachers, the counselors the principals the coaches that are with these young men across the United States, said Col. Bien.

The Corps hopes that by putting these teachers through this mini-recruit camp, they'll get better, and higher quality recruits.

Students that can enter the Corps and emerge men and women of leadership.

"It gave me a great sense of perspective. I could talk to a kid at our school about going to college. I had that experience. I could talk to a kid about being an athlete. I had that experience. I could comfortably have those conversations. I can't comfortably have a conversation about the military," said Chad Pritchett of Kennett High School.

But now he can.

Marines can take college classes while they serve, and without even leaving their base.

Plus, recruiters say Marines can get about $200,000 of college paid for, and that's to any college in the country.

The U.S. Marine Corps returns about 40,000 Marines back into civilian life each year.

That's 40,000 leadership-trained, educated people to help businesses and communities across the country.

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