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Sisters by blood, now sisters-in-arms: Two sets of sisters graduate recruit training

November 17, 2020

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Three days before her grandfather passed away, Ashley Valentine, 19, made a promise to carry on his legacy in the United States armed services. After deciding to join the Marine Corps, her sister Amber, 22, made the decision to enlist as well. “After talking with the recruiter about how it would impact my life, I was committed,” Amber said. “I was ready to go no matter what.” Amber waited for her sister to be approved medically before she went to recruit training…
Five sisters - Amber and Ashley Valentine and Maria, Melissa and Vanessa Placido Jaramillo - graduated from MCRD Parris Island, Nov. 13.

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