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Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
MCRD Parris Island Photo Gallery
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Staff Sgt. Warren Wofford, senior drill instructor for Platoon 3005, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, speaks with his recruits for the first time Oct. 26, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Wofford, 28, from Columbus, Ga., told his recruits what would be expected of them during their journey to become Marines and also what to expect from the Marines who would train them. Mike Company is scheduled to graduate Jan. 17, 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)
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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)
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Joe Westbrook, engineer technician, looks over assembly instructions for the newest wind turbine to be installed on the depot Oct. 16, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The 30-foot-tall turbine will produce clean alternative energy by tapping into high winds due to Parris Island’s coastal positioning. Approximately 10 to 12 percent of all energy consumed on the depot comes from alternative energy.  (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
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Pvt. Christopher Stephens, with Platoon 2073, Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion weighed 359 pounds when he first decided he wanted to join the Marine Corps. The 20-year-old native of Phenix City, Ala., lost more than 175 pounds just to ship to boot camp and weighed a scant 160 pounds just before he graduated Sept. 20, 2013. (Photo Illustration by Pfc. Vaniah Temple)
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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.
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Marines from across Parris Island, S.C., gathered Sept. 11, 2013, for a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. Terrorist attacks 12 years ago killed approximately 3,000 people, making it the greatest tragedy on U.S. soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Marines from across Parris Island, S.C., bow their heads Sept. 11, 2013, during a moment of silence as part of a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. Terrorist attacks 12 years ago killed approximately 3,000 people, making it the greatest tragedy on U.S. soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Marines from across Parris Island, S.C., salute the nation's flag Sept. 11, 2013, during a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. Terrorist attacks 12 years ago killed approximately 3,000 people, making it the greatest tragedy on U.S. soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Marines from across Parris Island, S.C., salute the nation's flag Sept. 11, 2013, during a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. The terrorist attack was the greatest tragedy on U.S. soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Marines from across Parris Island, S.C., salute the nation's flag Sept. 11, 2013, during a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the lives lost on 9/11. The terrorist attack was the greatest tragedy on U.S. soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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Rct. Terence Goodman, Platoon 3089, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, responds to one of the many orders he will receive with on Parris Island, S.C., during his first night of training Aug. 26, 2013. Recruits learn from the moment they step on the yellow footprints that they are expected to move with speed and intensity and to respond to all commands loudly and confidently. Goodman, 24, from Baltimore, 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)
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New recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, hold up identification cards as they begin their in-processing shortly after arriving on Parris Island, S.C., on Aug. 26, 2013. The recruits spent the night completing paperwork and receiving haircuts and new gear in preparation for the next 13 weeks. 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)
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Drill instructors lead new recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, through their first night of Marine Corps recruit training Aug. 26, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The first stressful night comes as a shock for most as they deal with sleep deprivation, new rules and ferocious drill instructors. 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)
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Staff Sgt. Carlos Vargas, a senior drill instructor, commands future recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, to step off the bus and onto the yellow footprints Aug. 26, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The first stressful night comes as a shock for most as they deal with sleep deprivation, new rules and ferocious drill instructors. Vargas, 28, from Longmont, Colo., 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)
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Staff Sgt. Carlos Vargas, a senior drill instructor, issues orders to recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, shortly after their arrival to Parris Island, S.C., on Aug. 26, 2013.  Recruits learn from the moment they step on the yellow footprints that they are expected to move with speed and intensity and to respond to all commands loudly and confidently. Vargas, 28, from Longmont, Colo., 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)
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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)
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