Special Report: AR teachers observe Marine training

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SAN DIEGO- Teachers typically found in the classroom are getting hands-on experience of what it takes to be a United States Marine, undergoing the basics of marksmanship at the Camp Pendleton gun range.

Beth Mathys is a Bauxite High School counselor. She is getting to participate in the week-long Educators’ Workshop in San Diego, California.

“It’s been extremely educational and inspiring,” Mathys says.

Beth says this experience will directly impact how she talks to her students about opportunities in the Marine Corps.

“I think one of the things is there’s not a stereotypical student and that can be a Marine, it can be any student,” says Mathys.

Cassie Harris is also on the gun range. She is the Career Technical Education teacher at Lakeside High School. She says she has learned there is much more to offer for recruits.

“I’ve taken a lot back just to know there are a lot of opportunities,” Harris says. “It’s not just you are going to enlist and deploy.”

Each future Marine that goes through the training must learn entry-level marksmanship, regardless of what job they will hold after they finish basic training. This is just a single part of the recruitment process.

“The educational opportunities and the collaboration they are having to go through is all about team building,” says Harris.

These teachers are on the front lines to recruit future Marines.

“It can be a student that honestly needs help with college or a student that doesn’t really know what he or she wants to do,” Mathys says.

Friday is the last day of the Educators’ Workshop.

We’re told they will be witnessing an official graduation ceremony.

We will have that story Friday night on KARK 4 News at 10.

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