This spring, Trent Perrine ’15 was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
“There’s a particular pride in being a Marine,” says Perrine. “The Marine Corps is distinct from other branches of the military because it puts an emphasis on its history and culture, the esprit de corps. We walk a little different, talk a little different — you can always tell a Marine.”
While at HWS, Perrine realized he wanted to serve, so in 2013, his sophomore year, he “contacted a selection officer in Syracuse and got the ball rolling,” he recalls.
Having completed Officer Candidate School, he is now stationed in Quantico, Va., at The Basic School, where newly commissioned USMC officers spend six months learning the fundamentals of their new roles.
“In Basic School you learn how to be a provisional rifle platoon commander, infantry basics and how to take care of your Marines,” he says comparing the school’s workload as “two years of college in about six months.”
At HWS, Perrine majored in public policy, with a concentration in national policy, and minored in English. Reflecting on the guidance he received at the Colleges, especially from his adviser, Professor of Public Policy Craig Rimmerman, Perrine notes that “the Marine Corps is a people-run organization, and the skills you learn in college dealing with people from every walk of life definitely translates.”
Perrine says he looks forward to what the future holds during the remainder of his four-year contract with the Marine Corps.
Following his time at The Basic School, he will begin training for his Military Occupational Specialty, one of 26 areas of focus, where Marines study anything “from infantry and combat arms, to combat support and communications, to being a pilot,” Perrine explains. “Whatever the Corps has to offer.”
In the photo above, Trent Perrine ’15 (right), who was recently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, stands with a Cameroonean officer in the U.S. through the Marine Corps Foreign Personnel Exchange Program.