MCRD Parris Island

 

MCRD Parris Island

Eastern Recruiting Region

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Pfc. Elizabeth Reetz, the honor graduate of platoon 4001, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, gave us some insight on what it means to be the platoon guide and why she wanted to lead from the front. “When a recruit is appointed as the guide, that recruit is in charge of helping the other recruits and assisting the drill instructors by carrying out their instructions. Having this leadership position helps balance everything out and keep good order and discipline within the platoon even when the drill instructors are not around.” “I remember how my rack mate used to motivate me and lift up my spirit when I was feeling down. I wanted to act like her and make other recruits feel the same way she made me feel. Throughout recruit training, I always thought to myself, ‘No matter how down I am feeling, someone else is feeling worse. I need to push myself to always be the one that is positive and pushing others to be their best.’”
Brig. Gen. William H. Swan tours the recruit receiving building at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Jan. 3, 2019. Swan toured the base before acting as the Parade Reviewing Official for the graduation of Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion.
Drill instructors are meritoriously promoted at the All-Weather Training Facility on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. January 2, 2019. The drill instructors were meritoriously promoted to the next rank by Brig. Gen. James F. Glynn, commanding general, and Depot Sergeant Major, Sgt. Maj. William C. Carter. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shane T. Manson)
Seaman Joseph Frepan, a hospitalman assigned to Parris Island starts his day at midnight, hours before any recruits wake up, to prepare medical supplies for the next company’s Crucible. The training doesn’t start until he arrives on site. As one of many U.S. Navy Corpsmen assigned to Parris Island, Frepan’s top priority is the recruits’ physical and mental welfare “Most people don’t understand the amount of time that it takes for us to be fully prepared for [the crucible] The most rewarding part about being a Corpsman is when you get to help someone. Even though a lot of the time you aren’t recognized for it, it’s still helping people who need it, and it’s worth all the effort.”
Sgt. Lane Fontaine, an instructor with Field Company, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, demonstrates how to properly rappel down a wall to recruits of Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, and Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion Dec. 26, 2018, on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. Rappel tower instructors like Fontaine, 23, from Carthage, N.Y., are responsible for demonstrations as well as sending the recruits down the rappel tower. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren)
A recruit with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, fires his M16-A4 service rifle on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C, Dec. 26, 2018. Qualifying with the M16-A4 service rifle teaches recruits to understand the weapon system in order to keep with the concept "Every Marine a Rifleman." (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shane T. Manson/Released)
Capt. Ziaire O'Brien, left, and 1st Lt. Luke Johnson started out as classmates at high school in Beaufort, South Carolina. Their relationship has forged into a brotherhood in the Marine Corps and has returned them to the place they grew up. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Ziaire O'Brien)
Members of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island shooting team pose for a photo on the newly-renovated Inchon Rifle Range on Parris Island, S.C. Dec. 18, 2018. After more than two years of renovation and reconstruction, the 50 lane firing range was rebuilt to include new impact and side safety berms, newly paved firing lines, roads, storm water collection and management systems, and irrigation systems. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley/Released)
Recruits with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, put a recruit through a tire during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Oct. 18, 2018. The Crucible is a 54-hour culminating event that requires recruits to work as a team and overcome challenges in order to earn the title United States Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Andrew Neumann)
Recruits with Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, examine and plot points on their maps during the land navigation course at Elliot’s Beach on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C., Oct. 04, 2018. The Land Navigation Course teaches recruits how to properly navigate unfamiliar terrain. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vivien Alstad)
Recruits with Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, eat a "Meal-Ready-To-Eat" during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Sept. 27, 2018. The Crucible is a 54-hour culminating event that requires recruits to work as a team and overcome challenges in order to earn the title United States Marine. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shane T. Manson)
Recruit Ethan Gemzik with Platoon 3080, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion conducts a “fireman carry” during the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program Endurance Course Sep. 08, 2018, on Marine Corps Depot Parris Island, S.C.
Recruits with India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, prepare and practice for their initial drill evaluation on Peatross Parade Deck Sept. 14, 2018 on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
The activity in the tropics is increasing as we reach the peak of hurricane season. Now is the time to make sure you and your family are prepared. Here are some hurricane preparedness tips to ensure you and your family are prepared should a hurricane impact Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island or the Eastern Recruiting Region.
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Parris Island Shooting Intramurals
Interested in becoming a Marine Corps Combat Marksmanship Coach? Or simply getting more involved in the marksmanship program?

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island invites active duty shooters of all skill levels to participate in the base's annual intramural shooting competition January 2021 for a chance at joining the MCRD Parris Island pistol and rifle team. All shooters who complete intramurals will also gain the Military Occupational Specialty of Combat Marksmanship Coach.

(U.S. Marine Corps video by Cpl. Shane Manson)
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Unit Leaders

Brig. Gen. Julie L. Nethercot
Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and Eastern Recruiting Region
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Sgt. Maj. William C. Carter
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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