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By USMC LCpl. Johnny Merkley

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Midshipmen Jessica Pruschki, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, awaits her turn to fire the M 240G machine gun during a field training exercise here August 5. She and the rest of her classmates spent the entire week taking part in different field operations. Photo by LCpl. Walter D. Marino II
Midshipmen Jessica Pruschki, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, awaits her turn to fire the M 240G machine gun during a field training exercise here August 5. She and the rest of her classmates spent the entire week taking part in different field operations. Photo by LCpl. Walter D. Marino II
 MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (MCN - 8/6/2010) — The U.S. Naval Academy graduates close to 200 Marines per year who set their sights on proudly wearing the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.

One of these few is midshipmen Jessica Pruschki. A Scottsdale, Ariz., native whose parents were both Navy enlisted and whose sister is also attending the academy.

For Pruschki, studying oceanography at the academy isn't the only thing she's been learning about during the past two years.

During the first week in August, Pruschki and the rest of her classmates visited Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune to get an idea of what the Marine Corps had to offer. According to her, these five days were more than reassuring about her decision to join the Corps.

“I knew I wanted to be in the Marine Corps for a while,” said Pruschki “But this stuff was really fun, this is the best recruiting tool for the Marine Corps and it really gives me an idea of what military occupation specialty I'm going to choose.”

Pruschki and her classmates took part in multiple field exercises during the week such as night optics, helicopter drills, and the firing of different weapon systems.
When it comes to becoming a Marine, Pruschki knows exactly why she is choosing the Corps over the other branches. All the way from how Marines carry themselves to the way they operate, the Marines have always held her interest.

“I like that the Marine Corps is so professional and based on camaraderie,” she said. “Even their uniforms look better and they care how they look.”

While female Marines are few and far between, Pruschki isn't the only female from her class who is joining the Corps. Her friend and classmate Jade Prudente also shares the same passion and knows how successful Pruschki will be when she finally begins to lead Marines.

“She's very passionate about what she does and very meticulous,” said Prudente. “She knows when to play and when to work and definitely wants to lead from the front.”

These leadership traits are seldom found in most people, but Pruschki is challenging herself to not only become a Marine, but become a better person and a stronger leader as well.

“I've been around a lot of people who think they can lead or try to lead,” said Prudente, “but Pruschki is a true leader and I know she would never ask anybody to do something she wouldn't do herself.”

Along with being a good leader, Pruschki is more than motivated to start her career in the Marine Corps and begin leading Marines in the operating forces.

Her talent and love for the Corps will without a doubt be a perfect place for her to demonstrate her leadership capabilities, said Prudente.

By LCpl. Johnny Merkley
2nd Marine Division
Copyright 2010

Reprinted from Marine Corps News

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