Recruit Zachary Lawrence Kettmann reported to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California on July 8, 2019 to begin his training to become a United States Marine. He is the son of Joe and Carol Kettmann of Bellevue.
Recruit Kettmann was born and raised in Bellevue, where his aspirations for civil service developed and began to shape his entire life and his decision to join the Marine Corps Reserves. Zach graduated from Marquette Catholic in 2016. He then obtained his Associates Degree from Northeast Iowa Community College in 2018 with a focus on Criminal Justice.
Recruit Kettmann will face grueling training which includes swim qualifications, martial arts instruction and multiple physical fitness tests, among other qualifications. During Boot Camp, he will be promoted to Private First Class.
The final obstacle Recruit Kettmann will have to face is known as The Crucible, which is a 54 hour long event. Recruits run on limited sleep schedules, hike 48 miles and complete several different challenges.