Marine Corps Recruit Depot

 

Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green (left) salutes during the pass in review of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, April 10, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Green, from Jackson, Miss., was the parade reviewing official for Delta Company’s graduation ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert)
Corps' enlisted leader reviews graduation on Parris Island
Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald L. Green (left) salutes during the pass in review of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, April 10, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Green, from Jackson, Miss., was the parade reviewing official for Delta Company’s graduation ceremony. (Photo by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert)
Staff Sgt. Brian Sixto, a drill instructor for Platoon 3034, encourages Rct. Edgar Barua-Gomez, Platoon 3034, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to respond to orders March 12, 2014, during an incentive training session on Parris Island, S.C. Discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, is a key trait drill instructors like Sixto, 28, from Hobson, Texas, must instill in recruits. Barua-Gomez, 23, from Kensington, Md., is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Staff Sgt. Brian Sixto, a drill instructor for Platoon 3034, encourages Rct. Edgar Barua-Gomez, Platoon 3034, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to respond to orders March 12, 2014, during an incentive training session on Parris Island, S.C. Discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, is a key trait drill instructors like Sixto, 28, from Hobson, Texas, must instill in recruits. Barua-Gomez, 23, from Kensington, Md., is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Drill instructors with Platoon 3032, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait to unleash themselves on their recruits shortly after being introduced March 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the following 12 weeks of training. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Photo Gallery: Marine recruits survive first encounter with Parris Island drill instructors
Drill instructors with Platoon 3032, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait to unleash themselves on their recruits shortly after being introduced March 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This was the first encounter the recruits had with the Marines responsible for the following 12 weeks of training. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate May 23, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Rct. Julian Morris carries Rct. Jacob Ligon, both with Platoon 2028, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, during a martial arts endurance course Feb. 6, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course consists of different stations at which recruits practice martial arts techniques they learned earlier in training to increase their proficiency, strength and stamina. The course is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into honorable warriors. Morris, a 20-year-old native of Dover, N.J., and Ligon, a 19-year-old native of Monroe, La., are scheduled to graduate April 11, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
Parris Island recruits build strength, stamina to become Marines
Rct. Julian Morris carries Rct. Jacob Ligon, both with Platoon 2028, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, during a martial arts endurance course Feb. 6, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The course consists of different stations at which recruits practice martial arts techniques they learned earlier in training to increase their proficiency, strength and stamina. The course is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into honorable warriors. Morris, a 20-year-old native of Dover, N.J., and Ligon, a 19-year-old native of Monroe, La., are scheduled to graduate April 11, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)
Rct. Jeremy Moore, Platoon 2010, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, responds to orders from a Marine Corps martial arts instructor during a martial arts training session Nov. 14, 2013.
Rct. Jeremy Moore, Platoon 2010, Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, responds to orders from a Marine Corps martial arts instructor during a martial arts training session Nov. 14, 2013.
Marine recruits survive first encounter with Parris Island drill instructors
A new Marine of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, greets his family following his graduation ceremony Oct. 25, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines spent nearly 13 weeks away from home training to earn their places in the Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
A new Marine of India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, greets his family following his graduation ceremony Oct. 25, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marines spent nearly 13 weeks away from home training to earn their places in the Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, race through an obstacle course Sept. 21, 2013, as part of a field meet on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors selected a team of recruits from each platoon to compete in various events such as tug of war, a relay race, an obstacle course race and a pushup competition. The meet is designed to motivate the recruits for the upcoming Crucible, the 54-hour culminating event of training.
Field meet on Parris Island
Recruits of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, race through an obstacle course Sept. 21, 2013, as part of a field meet on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors selected a team of recruits from each platoon to compete in various events such as tug of war, a relay race, an obstacle course race and a pushup competition. The meet is designed to motivate the recruits for the upcoming Crucible, the 54-hour culminating event of training.
Sgt. George Caldwell, a drill instructor, beckons new recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, through the silver doors and into the receiving building Aug. 26, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Stepping through the doors symbolizes the transition from civilians to recruits and the beginning of their transformation into United States Marines. Caldwell, 25, from Beckley, W.Va., is one of a handful of drill instructors responsible for preparing new recruits for training. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 22, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Marine recruits survive first night on Parris Island
Sgt. George Caldwell, a drill instructor, beckons new recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, through the silver doors and into the receiving building Aug. 26, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Stepping through the doors symbolizes the transition from civilians to recruits and the beginning of their transformation into United States Marines. Caldwell, 25, from Beckley, W.Va., is one of a handful of drill instructors responsible for preparing new recruits for training. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Nov. 22, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
New recruits prepare to step through the silver doors of the receiving building, an action which symbolizes the transition from civilians to recruits and the beginning of their transformation into United States Marines.
Through these doors ...
New recruits prepare to step through the silver doors of the receiving building, an action which symbolizes the transition from civilians to recruits and the beginning of their transformation into United States Marines.
Drill instructors use incentive training to instill discipline and motivation in recruits. Incentive training consists of physical exercises administered in a controlled and deliberate manner and is used to correct minor disciplinary infractions. The length of an incentive training session is based upon how far along recruits are in training.
Incentive training
Drill instructors use incentive training to instill discipline and motivation in recruits. Incentive training consists of physical exercises administered in a controlled and deliberate manner and is used to correct minor disciplinary infractions. The length of an incentive training session is based upon how far along recruits are in training.
Rct. Nathan Dix, a 19-year-old native of Pemberville, Ohio, is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Dix is training with Platoon 3074, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Oct. 6, 2013. “I decided to join the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps offered a challenge that none of the other branches could offer me. The Marine Corps is respected and well known throughout the world, and anyone who wanted to be the best will join. I joined the military because … I wanted to fight for a cause that I believe in,” said Dix, who graduated from Eastwood High School in Luckey, Ohio, in 2011. Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
One more for the Corps
Rct. Nathan Dix, a 19-year-old native of Pemberville, Ohio, is currently training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., in hopes of earning the title of United States Marine. Dix is training with Platoon 3074, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and is scheduled to graduate Oct. 6, 2013. “I decided to join the Marine Corps because the Marine Corps offered a challenge that none of the other branches could offer me. The Marine Corps is respected and well known throughout the world, and anyone who wanted to be the best will join. I joined the military because … I wanted to fight for a cause that I believe in,” said Dix, who graduated from Eastwood High School in Luckey, Ohio, in 2011. Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Recruits of Golf, Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island.
Obstacle course
Recruits of Golf, Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island.
Recruits of Platoon 2065, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, march in formation at the company’s final drill evaluation Aug. 21, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Close-order drill is a key part of Marine Corps recruit training because it develops discipline, confidence, teamwork and respect for authority. Platoon 2065 is led by Sgt. Edward Sortino, 25, grew up on Parris Island. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 30, 2013.  Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
Marine recruits graded on drill performance on Parris Island
Recruits of Platoon 2065, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, march in formation at the company’s final drill evaluation Aug. 21, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Close-order drill is a key part of Marine Corps recruit training because it develops discipline, confidence, teamwork and respect for authority. Platoon 2065 is led by Sgt. Edward Sortino, 25, grew up on Parris Island. Golf Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 30, 2013. Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Christopher Otoki, honor graduate, Platoon 3016, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, stands at parade rest before marching onto the Peatross Parade Deck for the graduation ceremony of Mike and November Companies on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., March 9, 2012. Otoki earned the platoon honor graduate distinction with the highest combined score in physical fitness, rifle qualification and educational scores as well as demonstrating leadership.
Graduation ceremony
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Christopher Otoki, honor graduate, Platoon 3016, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, stands at parade rest before marching onto the Peatross Parade Deck for the graduation ceremony of Mike and November Companies on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., March 9, 2012. Otoki earned the platoon honor graduate distinction with the highest combined score in physical fitness, rifle qualification and educational scores as well as demonstrating leadership.
New Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, run under the “We Make Marines” sign during a traditional motivational run through the streets of Parris Island, S.C., on Aug 15, 2013. The run took place before the new Marines had a few hours to reunite with their friends and families for the first time in more than 12 weeks. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 16, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Motivational run pumps up Parris Island's newest Marines
New Marines of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, run under the “We Make Marines” sign during a traditional motivational run through the streets of Parris Island, S.C., on Aug 15, 2013. The run took place before the new Marines had a few hours to reunite with their friends and families for the first time in more than 12 weeks. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 16, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
Rct. Kenneth Phillips, 20, Platoon 2057, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practices martial arts strikes during a warm-up before a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program endurance course June 20, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors remediated recruits on martial arts techniques they would use on the course. MCMAP is used to help produce better physically and morally strong Marines. Phillips is from Montgomery, Ala., and is scheduled to graduate Aug. 2, 2013. Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
Marine recruits increase endurance during martial arts course on Parris Island
Rct. Kenneth Phillips, 20, Platoon 2057, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, practices martial arts strikes during a warm-up before a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program endurance course June 20, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Drill instructors remediated recruits on martial arts techniques they would use on the course. MCMAP is used to help produce better physically and morally strong Marines. Phillips is from Montgomery, Ala., and is scheduled to graduate Aug. 2, 2013. Approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
New recruits rush off a bus and onto the yellow footprints on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits learn from the moment they step on the footprints they are expected to move with speed and intensity and to respond to all commands loudly and confidently. The first day is one of many they will spend learning what it takes to earn the title of United States Marine.
Yellow footprints
New recruits rush off a bus and onto the yellow footprints on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits learn from the moment they step on the footprints they are expected to move with speed and intensity and to respond to all commands loudly and confidently. The first day is one of many they will spend learning what it takes to earn the title of United States Marine.
Unit Leaders

Brig. Gen. Terry V. Williams
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region
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Sgt. Maj. Angela M. Maness
Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region
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We make Marines by recruiting quality young men and women and transforming them through the foundations of rigorous basic training, our shared legacy, and a commitment to our core values, preparing them to win our nation’s battles in service to the country.


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