Navy Seaman Apprentice Marvin E. Martin III, son of Jana Colburn and Marvin E. Martin Jr. of Robstown, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Martin received the early promotion for outstanding performance during all phases of the training cycle. The training included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Its distinctly Navy flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a sailor.

Martin is a 2007 graduate of Calallen High School.

Army Pvt. Matthew E. Wentling has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

He is the son of Jackie Rutherford of Princess Drive in Corpus Christi.

Wentling is also a 1998 graduate of Tuloso-Midway High School.