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Lance Cpl. Kyle Ramthun, PMO, visits different schools every year to teach children about D.A.R.E., which stands for Drug Abuse Resistance and Education. He explains the different types of drugs and their effects on the body and mind. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Natalia Cuevas)

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What I’ve Learned: Kyle Ramthun

6 Aug 2017 | Lance Cpl. Natalia Cuevas Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

> I grew up in Braham, Minn.; it was a small town with a community atmosphere; everyone got along. I had the opportunity to go to the basketball state tournament.

> Playing basketball allowed me to go to many different places as a teenager. I also played football, but I wasn’t as good at it as I was at basketball.

> I lived with my mom, my stepdad, Brian, and my four brothers. My oldest brother is Dean; my second oldest is David, who is in the medical field; my third oldest is Daniel, who served in the Marine Corps; my youngest brother, Dylan, is a sophomore in high school.

> My role model is my mom. She is my best friend and the one I always look up to. I always stuck to her hip as a kid until I joined the Marine Corps.

> I joined the Marine Corps because I saw the joy it brought my brother. It is the best decision I’ve ever made. When I was recruited, Provost Marshals Office was my first choice for my [military occupational specialty]. If I could choose my MOS again I would definitely choose to work in PMO.

> I work in Physical Security for PMO. What that means is that I handle anything that involves the protection of the assets that are within this installation.

> I’m a D.A.R.E. teacher, which means that I teach kids about drugs. D.A.R.E. stands for Drug Abuse Resistance and Education. The D.A.R.E. program is a ten-week program in which I go to a school and I give the kids a total of ten lessons.

> I teach first through seventh grade. After the lessons, they have to write an essay about what they learned in order to graduate. I’ve read some of the kid’s essays and a lot of them learn a great deal from my lessons. Sometimes kids come up and thank me for teaching them about drug abuse and its negative effects.

> I’ve been going to school using tuition assistance. I’m working toward a degree in business management and marketing. After the Marine Corps, I’m thinking of going to work for a homeland security business. After I get enough money, I want to be able to start my own business.

> Advice I would give to junior Marines is that ‘knowledge is power’, be it in or out of the Marine Corps. You can use tuitions assistance to get a degree while in the Marine Corps so that when you are out, you can start up your own business or work for a company that you always wanted to work for.

> The thing I will miss the most about the Marine Corps is the people. By facing adversity and good times together we are able to build camaraderie that will never falter; you won’t find that kind of brotherhood anywhere else.

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