My name is Whitney Frasier. For those of you who follow the depot page closely, you probably recognize me as Sgt. Frasier. I want to take a moment to tell you my story as it might be much like your recruits.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of 2005 from a small town on the coast of Florida. I had it pretty easy growing up, but I didn’t care for school. As a matter of fact, I was so worried about making money, I spent most of my senior year skipping classes to work.
Needless to say, my bank account started rising and my GPA started dropping. I couldn’t have gotten a scholarship to save my life, but I did graduate on time.
I was every recruiters dream poolee. I had already passed the ASVAB, I was on track to graduate and I didn’t have a plan. So the man dressed in blue offered me a plan. I was extremely hesitant at first knowing I have heard some not-so-positive things about the military. But I was fortunate, my recruiter didn’t sugar coat anything. He told me what the military could do for me and told me it was up to myself to go after it. He gained my trust and I enlisted. To this day, I am glad I did.
I remember being in bootcamp and thinking to myself, “What was I thinking, this may have been the dumbest idea I have had in a while.” Now looking back, I can honestly say, being a recruit was the easiest job the Marine Corps has to offer. All you have to do is what your told.
After completing boot camp in October at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, I proceeded to Marine Combat Training in North Carolina. I was miserable because I hated the cold, but the training was a blast. At this point you are treated like a Marine, do what you’re told and you won’t get in trouble.
In 2006, I was transferred to attend the Personnel Administration Course aboard Camp Johnson, N.C. I met many good people in that occupation and I like it because things were very black and white. If you knew the order, you were right. During my tour, I deployed with an artillery battalion to Iraq. Spent some time with Army folk, interacted with nationals and overall enjoyed myself. Being out from behind a desk really appealed to me at the time and that’s when I decided to do something more.
I wanted to be able to make an impact on people’s everyday lives. So I decided to change my specialty. That’s how I ended up a combat correspondent. Since the switch, I have worked at The Globe, the base newspaper aboard Camp Lejeune; The Convoy, the group circular for 1st Marine Logistics Group and The Chevron, the base paper for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.
Currently I serve as the Community relations and Media non-commissioned officer in charge for the Public Affairs Office aboard the depot. Social media has become a huge part of my job description and I am willing to take it where ever it lets me.
I understand the importance of a family, as I have one of my own. Because of this, keeping you up to speed has become one of my top priorities. I hope this blog finds you in good spirits and whenever you are down just remember that your child has made the decision to defend our freedom by giving up some of his own. They need you to stay strong and show your support.