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Eastern Recruiting Region

Parris Island, South Carolina
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Drill instructors of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, present their new Marines with Eagle, Globe and Anchors during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This ceremony marks the end of the 54-hour culminating event of training known as the Crucible and is the first time recruits are called Marines. Delta and Papa Companies are scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Sgt. Joseph Boucher, a drill instructor of Platoon 1068, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, presents Rct. Dylan Yagle with an Eagle, Globe and Anchor during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This is the first time drill instructors such as Boucher, a 27-year-old native of Kingston, N.H., call their recruits Marines. Yagle, an 18-year-old native of Fort Mill, S.C., is the third Marine in his family, following in the footsteps of his brother, Capt. Austin Yagle, and his father, Andrew Yagle, a retired sergeant major. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Rct. David Fairfax, Platoon 1068, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, waits to receive his Eagle, Globe and Anchor during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This ceremony has been a tradition since the first Crucible in 1996. Fairfax, an 18-year-old native of Weymouth, Mass., is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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New Marines of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, renew the oath of enlistment during a ceremony in which they received their Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblems Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This ceremony marks the end of the 54-hour culminating event of training known as the Crucible and is the first time recruits are called Marines. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Parris Island Marines raise a flag during a ceremony in which new Marines of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, received their Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblems Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This ceremony has been a tradition since the first Crucible in 1996. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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New Marines of Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, bow their heads during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. This ceremony marks the end of the 54-hour culminating event of training known as the Crucible and is the first time recruits are called Marines by their drill instructors who present them with their first Eagle, Globe and Anchor. Delta Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 13, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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Recruits of Golf, Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, climb over a wall during the obstacle course Feb. 25, 2013 on Parris Island.
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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)
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Land navigation training is part of the recruits’ Basic Warrior Training week, which introduces them to rudimentary combat skills.
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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.
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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)
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New recruits meet their drill instructors for the first time during "pick-up," which occurs the Saturday after recruits arrive on Parris Island.
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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.
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Sgt. Roberto Martinez, 33, a martial arts instructor on Parris Island, initiates a pugil stick match during training July 8, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Each recruit participated in two 15-second matches. Recruits train with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate close-range encounter with an enemy. Bayonet training, along with other hand-to-hand fighting skills, is encompassed in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which contributes to the mental, character and physical development of Marines. 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. Martinez is from West Covina, Calif. Hotel Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 20, 2013. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)
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A Marine greets family and friends following his graduation ceremony.
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Rct. Drew Wilson, Platoon 1053, Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, fires at his target June 26, 2013, on one of the rifle ranges on Parris Island, S.C. Wilson, a 23-year-old native of Clayton, Del., fired a total of 50 rounds at close-range targets in a series of shooting drills. The objective of marksmanship training is to develop, sustain and improve individual combat shooting skills. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate July 19, 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 Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
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