Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island --
On Jan. 5, 2019, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will start their training cycle with one female platoon and five male platoons.
Third Battalion is comprised of male recruits; however, in this instance a platoon of female recruits will be part of the training company. The decision was made by Marine Corps leadership in support of training efficiency and is a first in the history of Marine Corps recruit training.
About 50 female recruits, which is smaller than what is typically part of a training cycle, are prepared to begin training at the depot on Jan. 5. The Program of Instruction (POI) remains unchanged and the recruit training order continues to be the standard for training recruits.
Per the training order, platoons, both male and female, are the primary formation for initial training, and they progressively combine for larger training events as the program continues. This model enables appropriate acclimation to the training environment, development of relationships with drill instructors, and focus during the transformation of young women and men into United States Marines.
Company staff continue to be of both genders, and the platoon staff will continue to be comprised of Drill Instructors of the same gender as the recruits. This training cycle of about 300 recruits will provide Recruit Depot staff a unique opportunity to assess outcomes, achievements and challenges in training, logistics and resource impacts of this company training model.
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