Jan 24, 2005

AR RAMADI, Iraq (May 24, 2005) - Petty Officer 3rd Class Loui C. Villanueva, a field corpsman with 1st battalion, 5th Marines Regiment's battalion aid station, gives each man a physical examination at the infantry battalion's screening facility here at the Ramadi Police Headquarters. The man volunteered to be an Iraqi Police Officer and must undergo screening at 1st Battalion, 5th Marines' facility 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. Villanueva, a 24-year-old from Vancouver, British Columbia, is permanent personnel at the facility. Photo by: Cpl. Tom Sloan

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