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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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.
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

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Police Officer Sean Sullivan is awarded a coin by Col. Timothy Miller aboard Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Feb. 20. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Terry Haynes)

PI065: PMO, Drill Instructor Teams up to Save Recruit’s Life

Story by Lance Cpl. Terry Haynes Drill instructors and military policeman saved the life of a recruit aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Feb. 4, 2018. Staff Sgt. Acosta, a senior drill instructor with Oscar Company, awoke to a surprise knocking at her door and was told that a recruit was unresponsive. “I ran …

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Recruits from Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, have their Service Alpha uniforms tailored at Clothing Issue. (photo by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton)

PI064: Alphas Through Deltas: Phase 2 Clothing

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A drill instructor with Platoon 3020, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, breifs his squad of recruits on a Crucible event, during the Crucible. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton)

PI063: Mike & November Companies Face Last Training Obstacle: The Crucible

Story by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton The recruits of Mike and November Companies overcame the last few obstacles standing in their way during the Crucible at Page Field. The Crucible is a 54-hour ordeal made up of several events that test the recruits’ endurance, strength and overall teamwork, as they face the stress of limited …

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