Wylie grad finishes Marine Corps boot camp with highest honor

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Josiah Light always knew he wanted to join the military and serve his country.

"When I was little I played with GI Joes and stuff like that," added LCpl Light. "My brother is also in the Air Force."

Light wanted to chose a different path, though. He wanted to join the United States Marine Corps.

"I always looked up to these figures in the military, especially the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps is supposed to be the most prestigious and the best," stated LCpl Light.

Taking that to heart, he spent his 13 weeks at MCRD San Diego training to be the best.

"To be top of the class, it was among all the guides," he said. "So, you have the platoons. There are five platoons in our company. So, I went against five other individuals."

Beating out 295 other recruits, LCpl Light was named Company Honor Man.

"It was definitely a challenge. Probably one of the hardest challenges of my life. You definitely learn how to be a leader and to live among the guys that close, you build relationships that are through struggle and strife of all the challenging things you do," he explained.

He credits his time at Wylie High School for preparing him for the challenge. He also says his Marine Corps recruiters made sure he and other poolees were ready when they first stepped off the bus.





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