Support Battalion

Support Battalion has the unique mission of supporting nearly every aspect of recruit training from the moment new recruits set foot on Parris Island until they graduate as Marines 13 weeks later.

Support Battalion personnel process all new recruits during their initial five days on Parris Island. Once in training, recruits come into regular contact with Support Battalion personnel who also teach a majority of the academic classes and qualify recruits in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and water survival.

Support Battalion consists of three companies that directly support recruit training.
Instructional Training Company - responsible for all the instructors who teach the academic classes, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program classes and water survival and administer the testing or qualification in those areas.

Recruit Processing Company - responsible for entry-level processing all recruits once they arrive on Parris Island as well as those recruits recommended for separation prior to completing training.

Special Training Company - responsible for recruits who have been injured in some capacity in training and need medical rehabilitation, physical conditioning and evaluation before continuing to train on Parris Island or follow-on training at the School of Infantry in North Carolina. 



sexual assault prevention response banner



distress hotline banner


Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1



Request Mast

Prohibited Activities and Conduct

Uniform Readiness Coordinator: GySgt Aragonespinoza, Noe

Comm: 843-228-2258


Commanding Officer, Support Battalion

Lt. Col. Shawn A. Rickrode

Lieutenant Colonel Shawn A. Rickrode was born in Wheeling, WV and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1991.  He served with the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company in Norfolk, VA, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines; and the II Marine Expeditionary Force Special Operations Training Group and...

Read Biography

Official Photo

Sergeant Major, Support Battalion

Sgt. Maj. Bryan M. Alfaro

Sergeant Major Bryan M. Alfaro was born in Fullerton, California. He reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD),San Diego on October 30, 1995. Upon completion of recruit training and Marine Combat Training, Private First ClassAlfaro reported to Military Police School, Ft. McClellan, AL where he...

Read Biography

Official Photo