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From the moment prospective Marines step onto the yellow footprints painted on the deck at boot camp, they’re inundated with two centuries of heroic deeds and sacrifices made on beacheads and in jungles, city streets, and deserts across the globe. The reasoning is pretty simple: Marines are their history.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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It takes more to be a Marine than hitting black on the range at 500 yards. It’s not just about knocking out pull-ups and leaving the wire on deployment. It means hating bullies and having the fortitude to stop them. It means being strong, not just physically, but mentally and morally.

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Editor’s Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, the premier source of information for the military and veteran community.

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