Being a Marine is one of the toughest jobs in the U.S. military.

Jamie DePaola was just 19 years old when she knew she wanted to be one.

Growing up in a small town in Ohio at the close of the Vietnam War, DePaola knew a lot of young men who ended up in the military. Bored and looking for a challenge, she thought about joining them.

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By any measure, Keven Porter is a good dad.

He makes a living as a U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor, where he trains new enlistees in the art of serving our country. When he's not scaring the daylights out of fresh recruits, he's a loving husband to wife Lizette and father to 4-year-old daughter Ashley.

Unfortunately, with such a demanding job, Porter doesn't get quite as much time to just be a dad as he'd like. So Lizette took matters into her own hands and set up a special daddy-daughter photo shoot for the two of them that would give them a chance to make some memories together.

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My Marine instructor insulted me by using the r-word. This is how I responded.

My boot camp experience was tough. But the toughest part was the insults.

This story was originally published on The Mighty.

I’m not here to criticize the United States Marine Corps on how they train new recruits.

They’ve been doing it for more than 200 years, so they must know what they’re doing.

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