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    Ithaca, N.Y., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine [Image 1 of 2]

    Ithaca, N.Y., native training at Parris Island to become U.S. Marine



    Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island

    Rct. Robert Solveson, a 24-year-old native of Ithaca, N.Y., is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Solveson is training with Platoon 2057, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Aug. 8, 2014. "I was inspired to join the Marine Corps by Brian Stan. He's a captain in the Marine Corps and is also a professional [mixed martial arts fighter] for the [Ultimate Fighting Championship]. I've been doing MMA for about three years, and the heart that he shows in his fights, that determination and the never give up attitude, it's a really inspirational thing to watch. I've always been interested in the Marine Corps. They just set the bar higher, and if I was going to serve my country, I wanted to do it with the elite," said Solveson, who graduated from Dryden Junior Senior High School in 2008. 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 for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)



    Date Taken: 06.04.2014
    Date Posted: 06.10.2014 14:30
    Photo ID: 1390212
    VIRIN: 140604-M-FS592-263
    Resolution: 3616x4800
    Size: 2.69 MB
    Location: PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US 
    Hometown: ITHACA, NY, US

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