Marine Recruit Tragically Dies On The First Day Of Boot Camp

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When troops enlist in the military, there is always a chance they will lose their lives while serving their country. However, one Marine recruit never made it out of boot camp.

Parris Island Death

According to Parris Island officials, 21-year-old Pvt. Anthony Munoz died on September 7, and the Marine Corps has not released any specifics about Munoz’s death.

Munoz is reported to have fallen off of a balcony, the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office. However, Coroner David Ott directed all questions to the military.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Jeff Houston said that Munoz indeed died from a balcony fall. However, NCIS is now looking into the cause of Munoz’s death.

Munoz had completed forming week, passing his administrative and strength tests. He also met with his drill instructors.

Not A Single Occurance

Munoz is not the first Marine Recruit to die during training. In June, 19-year-old Dalton Beals made it through the Crucible, a 54-hour training exercise at the very end of boot camp, only to die afterward.

At the end of the Crucible, Marine Recruits get an eagle, globe, and anchor pin after a 9-mile hike, hard tasks, and sleepless nights. The final test was created in 1996 by General Charles C. Krulak.

It symbolizes the transition from recruit to Marine. So far, the Marines are not going to be changing their training.

“Any loss of life at recruit training is tragic and our heartfelt condolences go out to the recruits’ family and friends. There are ongoing investigations into each death and it would be premature to speculate on the details of the investigations at this time.”

Capt. Sam Stephenson

On the day that Beas passed, two additional Marines were seen for heat injuries. Yet, so far, the military is not considering changing its training protocols even with natural disasters and heatwaves on the rise.

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