MCRD Parris Island

Parris Island, South Carolina
U.S. Marine Corps Rct. Brooke Gearheart with Platoon 4020, Company O, 4th Battalion carries Rct. Chase Thomas with Platoon 2040, Company G, 2nd Battalion during the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test during an initial CFT on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., May, 13, 2017.
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U.S. Marine Corps Rct. Brooke Gearheart with Platoon 4020, Company O, 4th Battalion carries Rct. Chase Thomas with Platoon 2040, Company G, 2nd Battalion during the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test during an initial CFT on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., May, 13, 2017. An initial CFT is used to gauge how prepared the future Marines are for their final CFT which is a graduation requirement. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Colby Cooper/Released)
The new Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, run during a relay race during a field meet March 3, 2018, on Parris Island, S.C.
Mike and Papa Company Field Meet
The new Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, run during a relay race during a field meet March 3, 2018, on Parris Island, S.C.
The new Marines of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, listen to a speech before competing in a field meet Feb. 24, 2018 on Parris Island, S.C.
Hotel Company Marines prepare for a field meet
The new Marines of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, listen to a speech before competing in a field meet Feb. 24, 2018 on Parris Island, S.C.
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar Co., 4th Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment (RTR) and India Co., 3rd Battalion, RTR, record their destination points during a land navigation course at Elliot’s Beach on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., Nov. 6, 2017.
Recruits learn navigation skills during basic warrior training
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar Co., 4th Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment (RTR) and India Co., 3rd Battalion, RTR, record their destination points during a land navigation course at Elliot’s Beach on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., Nov. 6, 2017. The Land Navigation Course teaches recruits how to properly navigate unfamiliar terrain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Yamil Casarreal/Released)
Senior drill instructor Staff Sgt. Michael Means Jr. gives the young men and women who just stepped onto the yellow footprints their first orders on Parris Island. These young men and women are scheduled to join Delta and Oscar Companies to begin their training in the next few days. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren)
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Senior drill instructor Staff Sgt. Michael Means Jr. gives the young men and women who just stepped onto the yellow footprints their first orders on Parris Island. These young men and women are scheduled to join Delta and Oscar Companies to begin their training in the next few days. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren)
New Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, discuss proper social media practices during a guided discussion Feb. 28, 2018, on Parris Island, S.C.
New Marines discuss social media practices
New Marines of Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, discuss proper social media practices during a guided discussion Feb. 28, 2018, on Parris Island, S.C.
U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Company O, 4th Battalion and Company G, 2nd Battalion run 880 meters, known as movement to contact, during the initial Combat Fitness Test (CFT) on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., May, 13, 2017.
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U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Company O, 4th Battalion and Company G, 2nd Battalion run 880 meters, known as movement to contact, during the initial Combat Fitness Test (CFT) on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., May, 13, 2017. An initial CFT is used to gauge how prepared the future Marines are for their final CFT which is a graduation requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pete Thibodeau/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar Company, 4th Battalion and Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, attend a class on rope techniques on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., June 6, 2017.
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U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar Company, 4th Battalion and Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, attend a class on rope techniques on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., June 6, 2017. Recruits learn both fast roping and rappeling techniques. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Richard Currier/released)
U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar and Golf Company, Recruit Training Regiment, do buddy drags while conducting the Combat Endurance Course on Parris Island, S.C. on May 20, 2017.
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U.S. Marine Corps recruits with Oscar and Golf Company, Recruit Training Regiment, do buddy drags while conducting the Combat Endurance Course on Parris Island, S.C. on May 20, 2017. The Combat Endurance Course consists of a 2.5 mile run with obstacles and scenarios along the way to improve small unit leadership among the recruits. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Richard Currier/released)
U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Company O, 4th Battalion and Company G, 2nd Battalion move through the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test during an initial CFT on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
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U.S. Marine Corps Recruits with Company O, 4th Battalion and Company G, 2nd Battalion move through the maneuver under fire portion of the Combat Fitness Test during an initial CFT on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., May, 13, 2017. An initial CFT is used to gauge how prepared the future Marines are for their final CFT which is a graduation requirement. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Chief Warrant Officer 2 Pete Thibodeau/Released)
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Hobb, a field training instructor with Weapons and Field Training Battalion, demonstrates how to properly tie and tighten a rope harness Oct 4, 2017, to recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, on Parris Island, S.C.
Recruits of Hotel and Oscar Company learn rappeling techniques
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Christopher D. Hobb, a field training instructor with Weapons and Field Training Battalion, demonstrates how to properly tie and tighten a rope harness Oct 4, 2017, to recruits of Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, on Parris Island, S.C. Hobb, 28, is from Orlando, Fla. Both companies are scheduled to graduate Nov. 3, 2017. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 12 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 49 percent of male recruits and 100 percent of female recruits in the Marine Corps. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Jacob)
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Brig. Gen. Austin E. Renforth, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region, spoke to the Clemson football team on Nov. 16, 2017, during the school’s Military Appreciation week. Renforth spoke about pre-game jitters, cherishing the moment, and teamwork. Being tested on how prepared you are to work as a team can be daunting but it’s how well you handle the test that counts. What gives you pre-game jitters?
Brig. Gen. Austin E. Renforth, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region, spoke to the Clemson football team on Nov. 16, 2017, during the school’s Military Appreciation week. Renforth spoke about pre-game jitters, cherishing the moment, and teamwork. Being tested on how prepared you are to work as a team can be daunting but it’s how well you handle the test that counts. What gives you pre-game jitters?
Drill instructors of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, retire the guidons Dec. 2, 2016. The guidons are retired after each platoon graduates.
Retiring the guidons
Drill instructors of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, retire the guidons Dec. 2, 2016. The guidons are retired after each platoon graduates.
New Marines run under the iconic “We Make Marines” sign during a traditional motivational run through the streets of Parris Island, S.C.
Motivation Run
New Marines run under the iconic “We Make Marines” sign during a traditional motivational run through the streets of Parris Island, S.C.
Drill Instructor Staff Sgt. Maurice S. Jones
There will be intensity
Marine recruits arrive at Parris Island
Marine recruits arrive at Parris Island
Marine recruits learn basic combat skills on Parris Island
Marine recruits learn basic combat skills on Parris Island
Parris Island recruits meet Marine Corps drill instructors
Parris Island recruits meet Marine Corps drill instructors
Never give up!
Never give up!
Graduation Ceremony
Graduation Ceremony
Recruits are expected to move with speed and intensity!
Intensity
Recruits are expected to move with speed and intensity!
Field meet on Parris Island
Field meet on Parris Island
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.
One more for the Corps
One more for the Corps
Obstacle course
Obstacle course
Marine recruits graded on drill performance on Parris Island
Marine recruits graded on drill performance on Parris Island
Marine recruits increase endurance during martial arts course on Parris Island
Marine recruits increase endurance during martial arts course on Parris Island
Marine recruits spar with pugil sticks for bayonet training on Parris Island
Marine recruits spar with pugil sticks for bayonet training on Parris Island
Recruits learn the fundamentals of marksmanship as well as basic combat shooting skills.
Every Marine is a rifleman
Recruits learn the fundamentals of marksmanship as well as basic combat shooting skills.
Unit Leaders

Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region
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Sgt. Maj. Rafael Rodriguez
Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region
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Mission

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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