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A long wait for an intense experience

Most people wouldn't look forward to boot camp. But an increasing number of Marine recruits are spending six to nine months on a wait list, anticipating the day they'll become 'something bigger than themselves.'

By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
October 23, 2010|6:13 p.m.

Reporting from San Diego —
They arrived from places throughout the western United States, and now several hundred of them are waiting nervously in the USO lounge attached to the Lindbergh Field international airport.

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