U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Robert G. Gavaldon

Marine Corps boot camp is considered one of the most difficult basic training programs of the U.S. military. From the moment new recruits arrive to the day they graduate as Marines, they face grueling physical and mental challenges that are designed to drive them to their limits and beyond.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Christian Garcia

Vincent Grano suffered from nausea and cramps for three days before alerting his drill instructor. The 19-year-old Marine recruit waited as long as he could, but his symptoms became so severe that he had to be admitted to the emergency room. Days after his release, he woke to find himself again in a hospital bed, having lost consciousness the day before. For the next month, he remained at Balboa Naval Medical Center, where he suffered from kidney failure and seizures.

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MCRD San Diego/Facebook

Recruit Mullet is now Marine Mullet, a spokesman for the Corps’ west coast recruit training depot told Task & Purpose.

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MCRD San Diego/Facebook

When I look at the above photo, first posted by Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego on Tuesday, I imagine this is the conversation that played out:

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Marine Corps/ Lance Cpl. Damon Mclean.

A Marine recruit who experienced an unspecified medical emergency during boot camp in San Diego has died, Corps officials announced on Sunday.

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Marine Corps / Cpl. Joseph Jacob.

Pfc. Michael Dowling is one of the first Marines to go through “Phase 4” of boot camp, during which drill instructors spend the last two weeks of boot camp mentoring new Marines.

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