Marine Corps Pvt. Maria T. Hollcraft, daughter of Monica and Raymond Hollcraft of Crookston, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. For 13 weeks, Hollcraft stayed committed during some of the world's most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Training subjects included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.
One week prior to graduation, Hollcraft endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Hollcraft is a 2011 graduate of Crookston High School.
Butenhoff becomes Navy Seaman Apprentice
Navy Seaman Apprentice Jarret Butenhoff, son of Cheri Hakke and Michael Butenhoff of Crookston, has completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. Butenhoff is a 2009 graduate of Crookston High School. During the eight-week program, Butenhoff completed training in classroom study, practical instruction on Naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety, survival, shipboard and aircraft safety.
The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet.