The Bossier Sheriff Class 26 Young Marines will soon graduate 40 recruits.
Tuesday the class will be recognized in a special ceremony for completing 13 weekends of leadership skills, physical training, team motivation and confidence building skills.
The Young Marines program is a national program founded in 1958 and is the official youth program of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Bossier Sheriff's Office was the first law enforcement agency in North Louisiana to implement the program, which began its first class of recruits in 2002.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said, "The Young Marines program continues to be one of the best youth programs that helps mold the lives of young men and women here in Bossier Parish,". "I am very proud of our staff, Marine Corps volunteers and the recruits who have worked so hard over the past few months."
The graduation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bossier Sheriff's Substation on 2510 Viking Drive.
Meanwhile, applications are now being accepted for Class 27, which will hold orientation Feb. 9 at 9 a.m. at the Viking Drive Substation. For more information about the Young Marines program you can call (318)965-3500.