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From the moment they step onto the bus headed for boot camp, these recruits' lives are no longer their own. They now belong to drill instructors, there to break them down and build them back up as United States Marines.

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Recruits Nick Velasco, 19, St. Paul, and Jay Nordstrom, 22, Fridley, are scheduled for graduation from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego May 5. A day they are both looking forward to.

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