Drill Instructor School is tasked with training the Marines that make Marines.
The mission of Drill Instructor School is to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge and physical condition of selected staff noncommissioned and noncommissioned officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor.
The school not only prepares Marines for an arduous tour as a Marine corps drill instructor, but it additionally hones their skills as professional warriors. The school takes great pride in the fact that our graduates will not only shape the future of the Marine corps as they train future Marines, but when they return to the operating forces, they will be the Marines who will lead future efforts for our corps.
Drill Instructor School was formally established in October 1952 and over the years has increased its length from four weeks to the current 11 weeks. Although the course length has changed, the mission of the school has remained constant.
The focus of the instruction and training established in the course syllabus of the 1950s and 1960s is very similar to the program of instruction the school uses today. Emphasis is placed on standard operating procedures for recruit training, drill, physical fitness, general military subjects and instructional techniques. Overall, leadership is the cornerstone of the course. Ensuring each student has a sound foundation of the basic leadership traits and principles coupled with solid command presence will allow them to set the proper example for their recruits.
The mission of Drill Instructor School is to further develop the leadership, command presence, instructional ability, knowledge, and physical condition of the selected noncommissioned officers, staff noncommissioned officers and officers to successfully perform the duties of a drill instructor or series commander.
"These recruits are entrusted to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into smartly disciplined, physically fit, basically trained Marines, thoroughly indoctrinated in love of Corps and country. I will demand of them, and demonstrate by my own example, the highest standards of personal conduct, morality and professional skill."
CAC & ink stick
DTS authorization for TAD marines
Command screening checklist
Copies of any unresolved administrative issues, e.g. awards, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, etc.
At least $100 cash for DI school shirts and other expenses
Entire sea bag issue (hint: wall locker inspection)
For DTS Per Diem $18.90 per day (government meal rate)
Lodging $30.00 per day
Ensure you have a copy of your approved authorized Travel Orders/TAD Orders/TEMINS/PCA/PCS Orders.**
Admin Day 1 begins at 0800.
Students who are flying, ensure you arrive no later than 1630 on Admin Day 1.
If you are going to arrive later than that call 843-228-2956.
DTS / Travel Information
2022 Drill Instructor School Information
Recommended Items to Bring
Male Wall Locker
Female Wall Locker
Other Recommended Items
DI School PT Program
DI School Teachbacks
Major Anthony A. Millette was born and raised in Wyoming. Upon graduation of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines. In April 2001, he entered service undergoing recruit training at MCRD San Diego, CA. ...
Capt Johnson assumed her current position as the Assistant Director of Drill Instructor school in April of 2023....
First Sergeant (1stSgt) Robert F. Lark was selected to serve as the First Sergeant for Drill Instructor School in July 2023....
In March of 2023, Master Sergeant Bentley assumed his current billet as Chief Instructor at Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina....