If you visit Parris Island to see a recruit graduate you might like to wear a t-shirt with the colors of your recruit’s battalion. But which color goes with which platoon?
Here is a little bit of information for you about the structure of the Recruit Training Regiment and the colors worn by each battalion.
The Recruit Training Regiment contains four battalions dedicated to the recruits. Each Recruit Training Battalion has a specific color; 1st Battalion red, 2nd Battalion gold, 3rd Battalion dark blue, 4th Battalion maroon. Each Battalion is made up of companies and each company is made up of platoons.
The first, second and third Battalions contain 4 companies each. Forth Battalion contains three companies. As an example a recruit in 1st Battalion might be in Alpha Company, Platoon 1234.
First Recruit Training Battalion (1st RTBn) is comprised of four companies; Alpha Company (A Co), Bravo (B Co), Charlie (C Co) and Delta (D Co). Each platoon (Plt) in 1st Bn is identified by its four digit number; the first of which is always a 1. These identifiers may be seen on the platoon’s guide on (flag).
Second Recruit Training Battalion (2nd RTBn) is comprised of four companies; Echo Company (E Co), Fox Company (F Co), Golf Company (G Co), and Hotel Company (H Co). Each platoon (Plt) in 2nd Bn is identified by its four digit number; the first of which is always a 2.
Third Recruit Training Battalion (3rd RTBn) is comprised of four companies; India Company (I Co), Kilo Company (K Co), Lima Company (L Co), and Mike
Company (M Co). Each platoon (Plt) in 3rd Bn is identified by its four digit number; the first of which is always a 3.
Forth Recruit Training Battalion (4th RTBn) is comprised of three companies; November Company (N Co), Oscar Company (O Co), and Papa Company (P Co). Each platoon (Plt) in 4th Battalion is identified by a four digit number; the first number is always a 4.
The pictures you see here are t-shirts from the Marine Corps Exchange (MCX) on Parris Island; at the time of this blog post they cost $15.99 each.
You don’t have to buy t-shirts at the exchange, there are stores off base that carry them and you will find many web sites that have various t-shirts and other items you can purchase before you visit Parris Island.
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