U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Paul Hojnacki, son of Maria and Stanley Hojnacki of Royal Palm Beach, earned the title of United States Marine after his graduation from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.
For 13 weeks, Hojnacki stayed committed during some of the world’s most demanding entry-level military training in order to be transformed from civilian to Marine instilled with pride, discipline and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.
The training subjects 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, Hojnacki endured the Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits’ minds and bodies.
Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.
Hojnacki is a 2012 graduate of Royal Palm Beach High School.