TROY — Young Marine Private First Class (YM/PFC) Emma Marlow, 13, of the Miami Valley Young Marine Bravo Platoon in Troy, recently earned her third perfect physical fitness test award. The test is a series of five events that test a youth’s fitness level. Scoring the perfect score of 500 is a rare feat as the scores are based on the national percentage of youth at that level.
“YM/PFC Marlow is the first Young Marine in our unit’s 20-year history to ever earn this award three times,” said Unit Commander J. Keagan Miller. “It is exciting to see how far she has come within our organization.”
YM/PFC Marlow joined the Young Marines at age 12 and is in her first year of the program. She was selected as the Honor Graduate of her recruit class when joining the unit. She plans to attend Junior Leadership School next summer.
The Young Marines is a national non-profit 501c(3) youth education and service program for boys and girls, age 8 through the completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on teaching the values of leadership, teamwork and self-discipline, so its members can live and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Since the Young Marines’ humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to 264 units with 8,950 youth and 2,600 adult volunteers in 39 states, the District of Columbia and Okinawa with affiliates in other countries.