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.




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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...

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Sergeant Major, Support Battalion

Sgt. Maj. Bryan M. Alfaro

Sergeant Major Alfaro assumed his current post as the Sergeant Major of Support Battalion on April 27, 2021.  A native of Fullerton, CA, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and attended Recruit Training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego in October 1995.  Upon completion of recruit training and...

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