FAQ
What do I need to come to Parris Island for a graduation?

Visitors to Parris Island must have a valid photo identification. Visitors driving vehicles must have a copy of the vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance.

How do I get a parking pass for Family Day and graduation?

Parking passes are not required for typical daily visitors of Parris Island, such as those coming for graduation and other related events. Much of the information regarding parking passes found around the internet is obsolete (i.e., the visitors’ center does not provide parking passes). Individual battalions still may include a "parking pass" as part of a packet of information recruits mail home, but it is neither required to get on base nor to park. Visitors may park in any available open, unreserved/unmarked spaces, although it is recommended that they park in the parade deck parking lot or the lot next to the visitors’ center, both of which are within walking distance of the major Family Day and graduation events.

When does graduation take place?

Graduation ceremonies typically held on Friday mornings. For the exact dates of specific graduation ceremonies, check the 2021 Schedule. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m., so guests should be in thier seats well before then. The ceremony is typically about an hour long.

Can I visit my recruit?

The first time families are able to see their new Marines is on Family Day, the day before each graduation ceremony. The recruits are gathered at the All-Weather Training facility before being dismissed to spend the day with their families. The recruits have from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to show their families around the island before returning to their platoons to begin final preparations for graduation the following day. Families may not visit their recruits before Family Day.

Can I check out a wheel chair during my visit to Parris Island?

Complementary wheelchairs can be checked out daily at the visitors’ center. Upon your arrival, speak to one of the Marines at the information desk for more information.

How do I register for events during graduation week?

To make reservations for limited-seating Marine Corps Community Services events, visit www.parrisisland.eventbrite.com. To make reservations for Steak Night at Traditions, call 843-228-1566.

What does it take to become a recruit at Parris Island?

The first step in every Marine's journey should be contacting a Marine Corps recruiter. Visit Marines.com to find a recruiter near you. Once you have spoken to a recruiter and made the decision to join, make sure you are physically ready for the rigors of recruit training.
 
Initial Strength Test
Soon after arriving on Parris Island, all recruits will take an initial strength test. Recruits who do not meet the minimum requirements will be placed in a special training program to strengthen their bodies for the difficult path ahead.
 
Male
Requirements 
Female
Requirements
 Pullups/
Flexed-arm Hang
 2
12 seconds 
 Crunches
(2 minutes)
 44
 44
 1.5-Mile Run
 13:30
 15:00
 
How do I get a copy of my yearbook-style platoon graduation books?
The yearbook-style platoon graduation books are only available for order/purchase before and around the graduation date. Copies are not overproduced for future availability, nor are extra copies archived. Those searching for old books are advised to search online auction or classified sales sites, or seek out reunion groups or other members of the unit for anyone who might have an extra copy.
 
How do I get a copy of my individual portrait photo from recruit training?

Photos of individual Marines in dress blues are archived for 4 years. Call the recruit photo office at 843-228-1555 for information on ordering reprints. Please have as much information as possible, including the Marine's full name, platoon, company, battalion and graduation date.
 
How do I get a copy of my platoon photo from recruit training?

Group photos of platoons are permanently archived, although some have been lost or destroyed over the years. Call the recruit photo office at 843-228-1555 for information on ordering reprints. Please have as much information as possible, including the platoon, company, battalion and graduation date.
 
How do I get a copy of personnel records, platoon rosters, training records, etc.?

Parris Island does not keep personnel records of former recruits, drill instructors or other military personnel stationed here in the past, nor do we keep track of their current whereabouts.  Those searching for former service members are advised to search the internet for sites and organizations (i.e. Marine Corps League, Drill Instructor Association, etc.) that may be of assistance. The Marine Corps Association also accepts free submissions for its "Reader Assistance" section of Leatherneck Magazine; visit http://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/submission-guidelines#Readers for details.

For procedures on requesting archived military personnel records, visit the National Archives website: http://archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/ (Please note: accessing these records are typically only granted to the owners of the records or their family members.)

Are bricks from the old 3rd Recruit Training Battalion barracks, which is no longer in use and scheduled for demolition, available to the public?

No. The civilian company contracted by the government to demolish the barracks will retain ownership and all disposal rights for the bricks and other materials, which will ultimately be removed from Parris Island.  The government cannot sell or give away individual bricks, nor will it consider business or fundraising proposals involving the bricks. The barracks are currently off-limits and removal of any bricks is considered illegal theft. Demolition is scheduled to begin in early 2014.
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