Your journey begins Tuesday morning. The Marine Corps recruiter assigned to your high school (or local area) will make the proper arrangements for your transportation to the airport. At the airport you will be greeted by Marine representatives from your Recruiting Station Headquarters, and meet other guests from your area who will be traveling with you. Once all the participants have arrived, you will depart for Savannah International Airport, Savannah, Georgia, where the workshop escorts from Parris Island will meet you.
After landing in Savannah, you will be put on a bus for the 50 minute ride to the Country Inn and Suites, Beaufort, SC. We allow for some flexibility in Tuesday’s schedule, which is based primarily around your flight arrival. Therefore, we provide you ample time to get acquainted with other group members and freshen-up before dinner. At a designated time the group will depart for the Traditions Restaurant aboard Parris Island for dinner. After dinner, we will formally introduce our workshop escorts, provide you with some information you will need during the course of the week, and answer any preliminary questions. After the orientation, it’s back to the hotel. Day #2 begins in true Marine Corps fashion—EARLY.
Since this is your first visit to Parris Island, we give you a true recruit welcome. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by some of our highly vociferous Drill Instructors, and stand on the island's famous yellow footprints. Following a quick brief at recruit receiving, you will be taken to a command “Welcome Aboard” presentation to help orient you and answer some of your preliminary questions about the day-to-day operations of the Depot. Also you will have the opportunity to meet the Commanding General of the Eastern Recruiting Region and MCRD Parris Island.
You will also visit historic Page Field, which is now the training area aboard the Depot where the Crucible is conducted. While at Page Field, you will have a rare opportunity to see recruits negotiate several obstacles and challenges as they undertake this final evolution in their pursuit to become Marines.
As the first company of Marine recruits completed the Crucible during December of 1996, they also initiated the biggest change to Marine Corps recruit training in decades. Both men and women go through the Crucible and are required to meet the same standards for completion. They receive expanded moral character training, which is intended to enhance each Marine’s total quality with greater emphasis placed on the Marine Corps’ core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
Some other stops this day include the Depot’s Combat Pool, Base Exchange and Base Museum. You will also have lunch with some permanent personnel Marines (possibly from your area) at one of the base dining facilities. After the day's events, we’ll head back to the hotel and give you some time to rest up before going out to dinner at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort's Officer's Club.
Thursdays’ activities include a look at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, as well as a chance to see
recruits at the rappel tower. Another highlight is the opportunity to have lunch with recruits from your area.
Thereafter, we will head to the parade deck to observe the Emblem Ceremony. This is a very emotional event
for the recruits, because this is the moment they are first called United States Marines. Following the Emblem
Ceremony we will visit the rifle range where you will have the opportunity to fire the M-16A4 service rifle.
Qualifying with the rifle is a must for all Marines, and you will have the chance to fire for yourself. After the
range, we’ll head back to the hotel to freshen up.
Dinner Thursday evening is on your own on the Beaufort Waterfront. You will be provided with dinner vouchers
for some of the local restaurants along the waterfront and will have several hours to eat, shop or just see the
sights in historic Beaufort.
After an early morning checkout, we’ll start off the day with the Morning Colors Ceremony followed by an event every recruit eagerly looks forward to throughout the entire 12 weeks of training -- Graduation. This is the last moment in a long evolution for these new Marines, and for many, this will be the first time they have seen their families in several months. Following the ceremony, you will be transported back to Savannah, Ga., for your flight home.
As you can see, this is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn more about YOUR Marine Corps, and the contributions Marines make to protecting our freedom. Consequently, from this experience you will see that, as institutions, both the Marine Corps and the education system have a common end state: to provide students with the knowledge, values, and experiences to become more productive citizens.
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