Collins completes basic training

Staff reports

Marine Corps Pfc. Jude M. Collins, son of Stephanie E. Davis Collins of Gonzales and Jude M. Collins Sr. of Gonzales, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C. designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.

Collins and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a. m., by running three miles and performing calisthenics.

In addition to the physical conditioning program, Collins spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training. They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.