Category: Basic Training for Parris Island Visitors

PI072: Historic Uniform Change for Female Marines

A white belt, form-fitted coat and a standing collar are a few features female Marines can expect to see on the new dress blue uniform. Based on a 2014 Marine Corps initiative, Marine Corps Systems Command was tasked to develop a dress blue coat for women that was similar to the male uniform. The goal …

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PI071: New Power Plant on Parris Island

Public Works Officer Navy Cmdr. Andy Litteral speaks during a ceremony dedicated to the official opening of the depot’s new power plant on Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. June 20, 2019. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ryan Hageali)

Story by Lance Cpl. Ryan Hageali Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island took a major step towards energy independence after debuting its newest power plant during a ribbon cutting ceremony June 20, 2019. Public Works Officer Navy Cmdr. Andy Litteral said the new plant took over a year to build, but the project was necessary …

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PI070: Cancer Survivor Joins the Marine Corps

Recruiting Substation Myrtle Beach

Story by Lance Cpl. Jack Rigsby 6th Marine Corps District Michael Campofiori began dreaming of becoming a U.S. Marine as a child, but his chance of success sank when he was diagnosed with Leukemia, a disease that kills approximately half of those it afflicts, according to statistics from The American Cancer Society website. Campofiori eventually …

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PI069: Chief Warrant Officer Earns Promotion on Yellow Footprints

U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Kessinger, personnel officer of 6th Marine Corps District recites the oath of office during his promotion to chief warrant officer five aboard MCRD Parris Island. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jack A. E. Rigsby)

A 28-year Marine returned to the Yellow Footprints here, the exact place where his Marine Corps career began, to pin on the rank of chief warrant officer five,

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

A group of Marines share snacks and drinks with members of Pvt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Tyler Hlavac)

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

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)

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

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

The senior drill instructor of Platoon 2080, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, distributes mail to his recruits at the end of the training day. Mail is distributed at the end of each training day Monday through Saturday. (Photo by Cpl. David Bessey)

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

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)

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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PI064: Alphas Through Deltas: Phase 2 Clothing

A recruit from Alpha Company picks up a pair of service and blue-dress trousers during Phase 2 clothing. Recruits receive a full set of service and dress uniforms, which are marked for alterations. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton)

Story by Lance Cpl. Javarre Glanton On Training Day 26, recruits finally get a taste of what it feels like to put on the dress uniform they signed up to wear. They are fitted for their dress and service uniforms by the Marines who work at Phase 2 clothing issue. Beginning at 6:15 a.m., recruits …

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