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Pendleton Marines volunteer to train Devil Pups

By Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 13, 2012

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A platoon of Devil Pups march into the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility on July 12, which is day eight of their 10 day encampment. One of the graduation requirements is to jump from the 25-foot tower into the pool.

A platoon of Devil Pups march into the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility on July 12, which is day eight of their 10 day encampment. One of the graduation requirements is to jump from the 25-foot tower into the pool. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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Retired 1st Sgt. James E. Zinn, the Devil Pups operations officer, instructs a devil pup on how to overcome fear and properly execute a 25-foot tower jump into the pool, at Camp Pendleton's 62 Area swimming facility, July 12.

Retired 1st Sgt. James E. Zinn, the Devil Pups operations officer, instructs a devil pup on how to overcome fear and properly execute a 25-foot tower jump into the pool, at Camp Pendleton's 62 Area swimming facility, July 12. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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A swim instructor instructs a group of devil pups on safety at the swim tank and how to properly execute a 25-foot tower jump into the pool, at the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility, July 12.

A swim instructor instructs a group of devil pups on safety at the swim tank and how to properly execute a 25-foot tower jump into the pool, at the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility, July 12. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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A Devil Pup leaps from the 25-foot tower into the pool, at the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility, July 12.

A Devil Pup leaps from the 25-foot tower into the pool, at the Camp Pendleton, 62 Area swimming facility, July 12. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Trevon S. Peracca)


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MARINE COPRS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. --  Camp Pendleton Marines worked with members of Devil Pups Incorporated to have a group of Devil Pups perform a 25-foot tower jump at the 62 Area pool, July 12.

Devil Pups is a non-profit organization designed to help young children gain self-confidence and learn to take responsibility for their actions.

This event, taking place on training day eight of the 10-day encampment, is a requirement for graduation.

Marines throughout Camp Pendleton volunteered to be instructors and play the role of drill instructor for the Devil Pups.

“I have always wanted to be a drill instructor, and this has given me a glimpse of what it would be like in the drill field,” said Rachael E. Allison, a motor transport operator with 1st Marine Logistics Group, also an instructor for the Devil Pups training encampment.

Similar to Marine Corps recruit training, the instructors are vicious during the beginning phases of training. Throughout the 10 day cycle, the instructors transition from being aggressive and demanding into a mentorship role.

The second phase of training gives the instructors a chance to pass on Marine Corps knowledge and a chance for the Devil Pups to ask questions, said Gunnery Sgt. Miriam M. Jenkins, a bulk fuel specialist with 7th Engineer Support Battalion, and series commander for the Devil Pups training encampment.

“Pups asked a wide variety questions, ranging from our careers, what it takes to become a Marine and what happens after you become a Marine," Jenkins said.

This training was not only a valuable learning experience for the pups, it also gave Marines a chance to catch a glimpse of what their future as drill instructors could entail.

For more information on future Devil Pups events or enrolling into the Devil Pups Program, visit www.devilpups.com

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2 Comments


  • Nathaniel Woodside 1 years 254 days ago
    if i could only go back
  • Nathaniel Woodside 1 years 254 days ago
    i wish i could only go back

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