After 13 grueling weeks of boot camp, he had to undertake what is called “the Crucible.” The Crucible is 54 hours of food and sleep deprivation, 45 miles of marching in the desert, and climbing to the top of a mountain to receive the EGA pin.
The marines hike back to base and graduate the next week.
Once the Crucible is over, they finally get to see their families, access emails, letters, and packages. The entire experience is mentally, physically, and emotionally exhausting, and yet, some don’t have their family members at graduation to support them.
That is where the United Services Organization (USO) comes into play.
The USO was formed to serve active military and their families on bases and in the field. Volunteers need to go through background checks, gain military access, and are not allowed at dangerous sites.