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My name is Vera Basilone. For more than five years I have maintained ParrisIsland.com by writing, editing and answering questions about the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

On this site you will find information in three key areas:

1. Information about USMC Recruit Graduations.
2. Information about Parris Island for military retirees or prior military who want to visit the Depot.
3. Information about the base and surrounding area for active duty military and their dependents.

I have lived in Beaufort with my family, just a few miles from Parris Island since 1994 and I worked at the Depot for 9.5 years until my position moved to another location. My husband, GySgt Michael Basilone, retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service. We’ve been married for over 35 years which gives me plenty of experience as a military dependent.

With my knowledge, I can recommend places to visit and things to see while you are here as well as provide you with valuable information about boot camp.

Although this web site contains graduation dates and other helpful information, it is not the official Marine Corps Recruit Depot web page.

If you are visiting Parris Island for a graduation, click on the Graduation Dates tab. There you will find a list of the graduation dates for this year and required documents to allow you to get onto the base. Click the Family Day Events tab  If you would like to see the Family Day Schedule.

When you’re hungry, check out the Restaurants tab, a listing of local places we like to eat. Sign up for the free Restaurant Guide and see my picks for the top 10 casual places to eat. If you are looking for a hotel, check the Places to Stay tab for some ideas. Also, check out the Things to Do tab for Beaufort activities.

Don’t make this a one-time visit; sign up for the free mini guide, and I’ll send you weekly e-mails (6 total), with tips and resources to help you make the most of your visit to Parris Island!

 

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Pictures and directions to six often overlooked places to visit on Parris Island

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My name is Vera Basilone, and I'm here to help you make the most of your visit to Parris Island. Are you looking for information about recruit graduations? Are you prior military? Do you want to visit the Parris Island Museum and explore the history of the Marine Corps? Whatever your reason, ParrisIsland.com has answers to help you find your way around the base. Don't make this a one-time visit; sign up for my free mini guide, and I'll send you weekly e-mails (6 total), with tips and resources to help you make the most of your visit to Parris Island.
Members of Pvt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club provides refreshments and friendly faces to Marines without family or friends on Family Day. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Hlavac)

PI068: MCRD Parris Island Volunteer Group Provides Snacks; Friendly Faces to Marines Alone on Family Day

by Staff Sgt. Tyler Hlavac and Cpl. Joseph Jacob Before they march across the parade deck and graduate from recruit training, new Marines spend liberty with loved ones during Family Day. However, not every new Marine that earned their Eagle, Globe, and Anchor has family that can make it to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris …

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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)

PI067: Beaufort Natives Return Home to Work as Series Commanders on MCRD Parris Island

Story by Lance Cpl. Carlin Warren Growing up in Beaufort, S.C. Capt. Ziaire O’Brien and 1st Lt. Luke Johnson drove past Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and wondered what was on the other side of the gates that separated them from the world of recruit training. They grew up seeing active duty and retired …

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Parris Island Marine Corps Band Christmas Concert

Free Report:Parris Island Declassified Pictures and directions to six often overlooked places to visit on Parris IslandThe following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Vera Basilone My name is Vera Basilone, and I’m here to help you make the most of your visit to Parris Island. Are you looking for information about recruit graduations? Are you …

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A recruit personalizes her foot locker during free time. Recruits can decorate the inside of their foot lockers with photos and letters to keep them motivated during training. Free time, which is restricted to inside the barracks, is an hour where recruits are given the opportunity to read and write letters, unwind and prepare themselves and their equipment for the next day. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)

PI066: Quiet Moments of Boot Camp: Mail Call Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island

by Lance Cpl. Francisco Abundes During the 13 weeks of recruit training, one of the most encouraging moments for recruits is when they open their first letter from home. “Mail is a good encouragement that reinforces the recruits – someone back home is thinking of them,” said Sgt. Walt Krueger, senior drill instructor for Platoon …

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