Celebration: 2 sets of sisters graduate from Marine Corps on same day

Celebration: 2 sets of sisters graduate from Marine Corps on same day

- Five women who happen to be two sets of sisters graduated from the US Marine Corps in Parris Island

- Vanessa, Melissa and Maria said they would not have made it without each other's support

- Amber and Ashley also stood by each other throughout the training and gave one another a shoulder to lean on during tough times

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Two sets of sisters are among five women who managed to graduate from the Marine Corps recruit training. Maria Placido, 21, and her sisters Vanessa and Melissa, who happen to be twins, wore their uniforms with pride and honour as they marked the end of their training at Parris Island.

They made up the first set of siblings. According to the corps’ official Facebook page, the three ladies got sucked into the military life after watching Bruce Willis’s Tears of the Sun.

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The action, brotherhood and adrenaline rush depicted in the film had them at 'hello'. Their department emphasised on how initially they were just linked by blood but after their graduation, the trio became sisters-in-arms.

Celebration as 2 sets of sisters graduate from Marine Corps training on same day

All five women who graduated. Photo: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Source: UGC

The second set: Ashley Valentine and Amber, joined the military months apart.

Celebration as 2 sets of sisters graduate from Marine Corps training on same day

Melissa and her two sisters. Photo: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Source: Facebook

Ashley, 19, was the first to throw her heart into the ring after promising her dying grandpa that she would continue what he started. Amber came in a bit later after admiring the strength her sister had shown.

According to the Marine Corps, the two always challenged each other to be better, stronger and braver. They cried together, laughed together and struggled together.

Celebration as 2 sets of sisters graduate from Marine Corps training on same day

Amber and Ashley. Photo: Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Source: Facebook

“I went through a moment during the first phase where I received some bad news in a letter, and she was there to be a shoulder for me to lean on,” Amber said.

Briefly.co.za previously told the story of Donavia Walker who became a leader in the US army cadet despite being born without arms.

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The young girl was born with a rare condition called Bilateral Amelia and serves as a squad administrator on the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC). Donavia drives, walks, draws, brushes, eats and performs every other activity almost effortlessly.

The Junior Reserve Officer cadet is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools as well as some middle schools across the US and United States military bases across the world.

The programme was originally created as part of the National Defence Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalisation Act.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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