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Phoenix triplets opt to enlist in Marine Corps

January 6, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Triplets in one Phoenix family are joining the Marines at the same time.

Hayley, Ian and Andrew Mase, who were born a minute apart, will be separated for an extended period for the first time, their parents told ABC15.com.

“I know being apart will be kind of hard, but once we get back together it’s like there was no time apart,” said Hayley Mase, the oldest of the three. “More of like a ‘See you later.’”

The teens joined ROTC in high school and all wanted to enlist in the Marine Corps. Andrew Mase, the youngest, is already in combat training. Hayley Mase, the oldest, will leave in February for boot camp. Ian Mase is looking to go to boot camp in March.

Larry and Carrie Mase, who have two other children, say they are worried the triplets will get deployed to a combat zone in the Middle East.

“Knowing that this is their decision and that it’s really their dream, it helps a little,” Larry Mase said.