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Jakob Bouwman Swears into the Marine Corps

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Jakob Bouwman, senior, swore into the United States of America’s Marine Corps on September 29, 2023.

Bouwman grew up with family members serving in the Marine Corps and always wanted to be a part of it since he was five years old.

“Everyone in my family besides my stepmom, my birth mom, and one of my brothers, served,” Bouwman said.

He never felt like it was a part of a family tradition to serve in the Marine Corps, Bouwman and his older brothers who have served felt like it was something they wanted to do since they grew up in that environment.

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Bouwman plans on going to college to get degrees in history, vocal performance, and education after he retires from the Marine Corps.

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