Part three of our experience with the Marines in San Diego features a young recruit going through boot camp from right here in Wyoming.
A group of educators and us were lucky enough to eat lunch with some recruits currently going through boot camp.
One of those recruits happened to be from Wyoming. He was able to give us a few minutes of his time and talk about what it's like to be a recruit.
Becoming a Marine has been a goal for Joseph Zimmerman for a long time.
"I have family who's been prior military, friends who have joined and I just felt like it would be a good opportunity to get out in the world and learn new things, have different experiences than most people," Zimmerman said.
After graduating high school in Lander, Wyoming, Zimmerman's dreams of becoming a Marine were almost dashed by a knee injury.
After a semester of college he received his acceptance and was on his way to San Diego.
At first, he wasn't sure he had made the right decision.
"Yeah, definitely at first when I first got here I was like if they give me the opportunity I would leave right now," Zimmerman said.
Eventually, he says, you get used to being isolated from the outside world and losing basic human interaction that we're accustomed to.
"There's 55 recruits in my platoon and I'm with them 24/7, but we don't have time to talk or anything so you don't know anybody," he said.
There's one thing Zimmerman can claim that nobody else in his platoon can.
"I'm the only person from Wyoming so that just shows that it's not for everybody. A lot of people don't do it, but I'm very prideful in being the only one from Wyoming here right now," he said.
Just two weeks away from graduating, Zimmerman will be able to see his family for the first time in three months. It's a feeling he knows will be overwhelming.
"I feel like it's going to be just an emotional rush for me. Probably tears, a lot of tears from everybody for what we've endured for this time," Zimmerman said.
He may have doubted his decision to attempt to become a Marine those first few weeks, but now there are no regrets.
"Right now, I couldn't be happier with my decision. I'm glad I joined and I came out here to do this," Zimmerman said.