Marine Corps hopeful dies after standard strength test in Frederick


Rodriguez was a native of Montgomery County, Md.

FREDERICK, Md. (WDVM) — A Marine Corps hopeful died in Frederick, Maryland after a standard strength test.

A spokesman with the Marine Crops said the 18-year-old hopeful, Jose Rodriguez, was not yet an official recruit for the Marine Corps. But, he was enlisted in the delayed entry program.

On Wednesday, Rodiguez participated in a standard strength test, including the run that recruits are expected to complete in less than 13-minutes and 30 seconds.

After that run, a spokesman says was seen by EMS before being transferred to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he died Friday.

Rodriguez was a poolee and still considered a civilian at the time of the incident. He was scheduled to continue on to boot camp where he would become an official recruit.

“Mr. Rodriguez joined the delayed entry program on March 25th and he was scheduled to report to Parris Island [in South Carolina] next month, in September. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends while this matter is still under investigation,” explained assistant marketing and communications officer with the 4th Marine Corps District, Lt. William H. Tunney.

The investigation is ongoing to see just how this young man died.

Rodriguez was a native of Montgomery County and was scheduled to report to Parris Island, South Carolina in September.

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