* I have been a member of the Tustin Young Marines for over one year, and I am 11 years old. The Young Marines (“The Corps Curriculum,” July 10) have helped me learn a lot of good things. I have learned the proper ways to show adults that I respect them. I have gained a lot of confidence in myself. I am in better physical shape because I know how to take care of my body. I also know that I have to do good in school.
At the National Encampment, we did see how the U.S. Marine Corps does some things, but we never participated in the demonstrations. We did not carry guns or learn how to kill each other. We did participate in physical training to keep our bodies in good condition; we were encouraged to always show respect to all people and to keep ourselves drug-free. We also went to Sea World just to have fun.
The Young Marines teach us as leaders to use our knowledge and judgment to make the best decisions. We are also taught to be honest, courageous, dependable, tactful, fair, unselfish and loyal. This is why the Young Marines are a good alternative to gangs.
ANTHONY W. MCINTYRE
Anthony W. McIntyre is a lance corporal in the Tustin Young Marines.