My daughter has been interested in joining the military for a couple of years, and even though it is a few years away yet, we are meeting with recruiters to find out what requirements she needs to meet in order to enlist. Our journey took us to the Marine Corps Recruiting office right here in Owatonna.

We had a really nice meeting and got a lot of questions answered, including what is required for physical conditioning. As one would expect, they were pretty cut and dried, you can either qualify or not, but, they can help you get into great physical condition.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the recruiter here in Owatonna holds a Free Marine Corps Physical Training session weekly. This is not just for those who want to join the Marine Corps, or are already in the Marine Corps, this is for anyone who wants to take part. My daughter tried it out, and it was pretty intense. I guess we have to work up to that level of conditioning. However, I am encouraging her to go back; you can't expect to do everything the first time.

If you are interested, they meet on Thursday evenings at 5:45 pm, at 120 S Oak Ave. The workouts generally go until about 7ish, at least that is what I was told. For more information, you can call 504-444-0327.