PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Marine Corps Pvt. Christopher L. Bennage, a son of Becky B. Bennage, of Danville, earned the title of U.S. Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Bennage participated in 13 weeks of entry-level military training, with subjects including close-order drill, marksmanship with an M-16A4 rifle, physical fitness, martial arts, swimming, military history, customs and courtesies.

One week prior to graduation, Bennage endured The Crucible, a 54-hour final test of recruits' minds and bodies. Upon completion, recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem and called Marines for the first time.

Bennage is a 2012 graduate of Danville Senior High School.