Marine Corps Pvt. Simon J. Jeffers, earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S. C.
The 13-week recruit training included close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies. One week prior to graduation, Jeffers endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies, and upon completion, was presented the Marine Corps emblem.
Jeffers, the son of Ken and Melanie Jeffers, is a 2012 Morenci Area High School graduate.