Recruit Motivates Platoon
(February 15, 2011)
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego
-- Recruit Dylan K. Bolt, Platoon 3210, Company I, is the grandson of film and television actor, retired Marine and honorary Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermy.
Photo by Pfc. Crystal Druery, 2/1/2011
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT, San Diego (MCN -
2/11/2011) — A motivated recruit runs while yelling
at the sound of his name coming from one of his
drill instructors. Although the recruits are told
from day one to be loud and motivated at all times,
one stands out above the rest.
K. Bolt, Platoon 3210, Company I, said he has always
strived to be his best and that is why he chose to
join the Corps.
Bolt, 19, has two other
family members who have served in the Marine Corps,
including his grandfather, retired Marine and actor,
R. Lee Ermy, but the decision to enlist was strictly
his own, he said.
Ermy played Gunnery Sgt.
Hartman, a drill instructor, in the war movie, “Full
Only three months out of high
school, Bolt left for recruit training at Marine
Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
was his nature to be the best, Bolt showed
initiative and leadership so he was appointed as a
squad leader by his drill instructors in the first
phase of training. He was able to hold onto the
position throughout boot camp.
usually four squad leaders in a platoon that are in
charge of a group of recruits. The squad leader will
make sure his recruits are where they are supposed
to be and complete their work. The
squad leader will also mentor recruits who struggle
with parts of training.
“He had pretty good motivation, and has done everything we
asked,” said Staff Sgt. Ernesto Delgadillo, senior drill
instructor, Platoon 3210, Co. I. “He has gone above and
beyond his squad leader duties, as well.” |
he chose the military occupational specialty of infantryman
because he wanted the opportunity to go overseas and fight
for his country.
“He has done a lot to earn the
respect of the recruits and his drill instructors,” said
Staff Sgt. Mike Chavez, Platoon 3210, Co. I. Although he was
a quiet recruit, he did very well when we put him in charge,
and got the tasks done, said Chavez.
Bolt is excited
to go home to Posser, Wash., for his 10 days of boot leave,
and hopes to use his time home to go skiing and pick up his
car from the shop. His car is a 1968 Ford Mustang, which was
being reupholstered and repainted in gold with black racing
After leave, Bolt will attend the School of
Infantry West, MCB Camp Pendleton, and hopes to be stationed
on the West Coast when his training is complete.
“I'm making my family proud,” said Bolt. “But I'm doing
something that makes me feel accomplished.”
By USMC LCpl. Eric Quintanilla|
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
Marine Corps News
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