Jan 24, 2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq (May 24, 2005) - Lance Cpl. Christopher M. Johnson, a legal clerk with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, escorts 10 Iraqi men to a screening facility the infantry battalion has set up in the Ramadi Police Headquarters here. The men volunteered to be Iraqi Police Officers and must undergo screening before being issued a sidearm, badge and paid a salary. The infantry battalion is conducting an operation to ensure qualified men fill the forces' ranks. The men take a written and oral exam, are given a physical examination, are entered into the infantry battalion's biometric automated toolset and are questioned as to why they want to serve. More than 500 Iraqis have volunteered. Johnson, a 23-year-old from Maybee, Mich., is permanent personnel at the facility. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

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