Courtesy Photo | Deputy Josh Cagle, BSO Asst. Public Information Officer

The Bossier Sheriff’s Office welcomed twenty-nine recruits for the Young Marines program Monday.

The new recruits in class 34 began nearly three weeks of training and are scheduled to graduate on Thursday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bossier Sheriff’s Substation, 2510 Viking Dr., Bossier City.

Training will include indoctrination into the program, leadership skills, physical training, teamwork, discipline and confidence-building skills.  The program also instills the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment and promotes a healthy drug-free lifestyle.  Once they graduate, the Young Marines hold routine training sessions to continue leadership growth, conduct community service and engage in various youth activities.

The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the United States Marine Corps.  More than 1,200 young men and women have graduated from the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines program since its inception here in 2002.

The Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines is sponsored and administered by Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington and is commanded by Deputy Lavaro Ramey, a retired first sergeant with the
U.S. Marine Corps.

“I’m amazed at the dedication of the young boys and girls of Bossier Parish and the surrounding parishes for their effort to become part of something bigger than themselves,” said Ramey.  “They exceed expectations of their families and friends, and I am proud to share my military experience with these new recruits.”

To find out more information about the Young Marines program please go to www.bossiersheriff.com and click under Support Services Division on the top left side.

Also, check out the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bossier-Sheriffs-Young-Marines/279776868859100.

You can always find out more by calling the Young Marines headquarters at 318-549-6815 or the Viking Drive Substation at 318-965-3500.

“I am so proud of our Young Marines program and the accomplishments of these young men and women in order to earn the title of Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “The program has proven time and time again to be a positive influence and one of the best youth programs that helps mold the lives of young men and women.”