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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.’”
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)
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.’”
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)
Seaman Joseph T. Frepan demonstrates wrapping a recruits hand during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, Dec. 27, 2018.
Seaman Joseph T. Frepan places medical supplies in his field bag during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, Dec. 27, 2018.
Seaman Joseph T. Frepan observes a recruit pugil stick match during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, Dec. 27, 2018.
Seaman Joseph T. Frepan prepares an ice tub during the Crucible on Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, Dec. 27, 2018.
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.”
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)
Staff Sgt. John Sharpe, a drill instructor with Platoon 1005, Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, hands a new Marine his Eagle, Globe and Anchor after completing the Crucible hike on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., Dec. 22, 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. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Sarah Stegall)
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)
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Sergeant Maj. Raphael Rodriguez relinquished duties as sergeant major of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island to Sergeant Maj. William Carter during a relief and appointment ceremony at the All Weather Training Facility aboard the depot, Dec. 14. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren/Released)
Pfc. Lindsay M. Marseilles, honor graduate for Platoon 4044, November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, graduated boot camp Nov. 16, 2018. Marseilles is from Louisville, Ky. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Yamil Casarreal)
Drill Instructors and Marines with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion march towards the Peatross Parade Deck before their graduation ceremony Nov. 16, 2018 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Yamil Casarreal)
Marines with  November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion graduated recruit training on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Nov. 16, 2018 in the new female Blue Dress Coat. November Company became the first company at MCRD PI to graduate in the new coat.  (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Yamil Casarreal)