Marine Corps Pvt. Antonio J. Oliveira, son of Doris Oliveira of Warwick and Antonio G. Oliveira of Johnston, recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., which is designed to challenge new Marine recruits both physically and mentally.
Oliveira and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running three miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to the physical conditioning program, Oliveira 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.
Oliveira and fellow recruits ended the training phase with The Crucible, a 54-hour team evolution culminating in an emotional ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps Emblem, and addressed as "Marines" for the first time in their careers.