When Hayden Forred made the decision to enlist into the United States Marines Corps, he knew it was the biggest decision of his life. Forred will earn the title United States Marine by completing basic training and passing the Crucible, which is a 54-hour exercise that, “validates the physical, mental and moral training they’ve endured throughout recruit training.”
It’s a big test, but for Forred, following in his father’s footsteps makes the challenge worth it.
“Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a United States Marine,” said Forred. “I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps and go Infantry. My father served in the Marines in the 90s.”
Every Marine must push themselves to the limit and learn how to push beyond. Forred is a senior at Rose Hill High School and a member of the varsity cross country team, so running and long marches are right up his alley.
“I believe that my time in cross country will help me in basic training,” said Forred.
Forred said he enjoys being part of the cross country team and that his teammates are always encouraging and very welcoming to others.
The recruiting process was an easy one for Forred.
“The recruiting process was great and very professional,” said Forred.
Now that he is focused on finishing up his senior year, Forred will begin to prepare for his eventual trip to basic training. For now, Forred said he enjoys hunting and working out in his free time.
Congratulations to Hayden Forred of Rose Hill High School on your enlistment into the United States Marine Corps.