Our recruit training program is the longest offered by the armed forces -- 12 weeks for all recruits -- and it is generally recognized as the most intense.
The difference begins with the type of people the Marines are looking for: young people who care about developing mental discipline and physical endurance; those who want to gain maturity and self-confidence.
The mission of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C., remains the same today as it was in its beginning: transforming young Americans into U.S. Marines.
In early April 1917, there were only 835 men in training. With the outbreak of World War I, enlistment peaked at 13,286. For a short time at the beginning of the war, recruits were trained at Philadelphia and Norfolk, while the two regular recruit depots, Parris Island and Mare Island, Calif. were being enlarged.
Back then, Parris Island trained 46,202 of the 58,103 wartime recruits. Currently, Parris Island graduates about 20,000 Marines annually, which allows our active duty force to be able to meet today’s global challenges. Although a bit more polished and modern, Parris Island remains the place, “Where the difference begins.”
More importantly, you will be able to get “up close and personal” with some of the hallmarks of Parris Island—the Drill Instructors. You will witness the physical demands of the many types of obstacle courses, the many hours of classroom instruction, and the discipline of close order drill, all geared to equally challenge our recruits to strive toward excellence and earn the title: Marine. The very mystique of Parris Island develops a spirit that overcomes any thoughts of “impossibility,” and showcases the attributes of commitment and teamwork.
The experiences and training Marines receive in “boot camp” is what keeps them focused on their mission and also allows them to excel in college with confidence and determination. Marine Corps training makes the difference.
For more information on MCRD Parris Island, visit their website.