The Daily Item
Private Tyler A. Burkholder graduated from basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, at Beaufort, S.C. He completed an intensive 12 week program of academic, physical and moral challenges.
The culmination of the training is “The Crucible,” an intensive 54 hour test that every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It includes food and sleep deprivation, and approximately 40 hours of marching. The recruits must work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along. The Crucible event is designed around core value stations, warrior stations, the confidence course, reaction course, and movement course as well as other various mentally and physically challenging events. A final foot march concludes with a morning colors ceremony and a “Warriors” breakfast. The famed “Eagle Globe and Anchor Ceremony” is conducted immediately after the Crucible. The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is the Marine Corps Emblem and signifies that your are a member, always and forever, of the few and the proud.
Marines who complete basic training earn four credits. Two credits for marksmanship, one credit for orienting/outdoor skills, and one credit for physical fitness and conditioning.
Burkholder also earned a pin for expert marksmanship.
After a 10 day leave, Burkholder is doing further training as part of Alpha Company at the School of Infantry at Camp Lejeune, N.C.
He is the son of Tim and Twila Brukholder, of Middleburg, and a 2013 graduate of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School.