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Cedar Valley U.S. Marine recruits get a taste of training

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Thursday night dozens of local U.S. Marine Corps recruits got a first taste of their future in service. Recruits from the Cedar Valley and the Mason City area gathered for the family event.

Many of them have already worked hard just to get to this point. One of the recruits, Jordan Hoeppner from Waverly, has lost nearly 100 pounds to meet the strict weight requirements of the Marine Corps.

"To me, it's the hardest military program to go into. I like challenging myself, so I decided to enter the program that's going to push me to my limits and make me a better individual," Hoeppner said.

Most of the men and women will head into recruit training in just a few weeks. Hoeppner says, he knows he will likely be deployed to a combat zone, but he's looking forward to serving our country.

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