American youth too flabby to defend nation, retired generals say

Rct. Wilde Lariveaux, Platoon 1066, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, provides security as his team rushes through a combat training course Aug. 26, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits sprinted, crawled and climbed through the course in teams, reinforcing the saying no one left behind. The course is part of Basic Warrior Training, held during the ninth week of boot camp, which focuses on basic field-related skills all Marines must know. The basic combat training recruits receive while on Parris Island will be broadened after boot camp during follow-on training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Lariveaux, 19, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014. Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released) ** FILE **

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