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Two sets of sisters graduate Marine Corps basic training


The few, the proud, the same genes.

Two sets of female siblings are among the latest class of Marine Corps.

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina announced that sisters Ashley and Amber Valentine and Maria, Vanessa and Melissa Placido Jaramillo — the latter two of whom are twins — all completed recruit training and were moving onto the next step in the Marines.

The Valentine sisters were inspired to carry on their grandfather’s legacy in the armed forces. Ashley, 19 enlisted in the Marine Corps three day before her grandfather passed away, and Amber, 22, decided to make it a family affair a short time later, according to the Facebook post.

“After talking with the recruiter about how it would impact my life, I was committed,” Amber recalled. “I was ready to go no matter what,” added the Virginia native.

The sisters were able to support each other through ups and downs during the notoriously brutal 13-week training program.

“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.

Ashely suffered a hip fracture before graduation and will stay on Parris Island to recover while Amber moves on to combat training.

Once the sisters finish training, Ashley will pursue a role as a certified motor transportation operator, while Amber will work in the communications field, according to the post.

Vanessa and Melissa Placido Jaramillo
Vanessa and Melissa Placido JaramilloMarine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C./Facebook

Meanwhile, the Placido Jaramillo siblings, who were born in Panama, decided to become sisters-in-arms at a young age while growing up in Las Vegas.

Younger sister Maria, 21, was inspired to serve her adopted country by watching war movies. She learned about the ROTC program and decided to enlist in the Marines.

Her decision to join the Corps inspired her older 22-year-old twin sisters Melissa and Vanessa to also pick the Marines.

The trio has yet to find out their occupational specialty, but they know they’ll be serving together in spirit.

“We have an unbreakable bond,” Maria said. “We are always together, but we know how to live separately. I know that my sisters will always be there for me, even when they are not physically with me.”

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