Parris Island Graduation in South Carolina
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Graduation
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island (often abbreviated as MCRD PI) is an 8,095 acres military installation located within Port Royal, South Carolina, approximately 5 miles south of Beaufort, the community that is typically associated with the installation. MCRD Parris Island is used for the training of enlisted Marines. Male recruits living east of the Mississippi River and female recruits from all over the United States report here to receive their initial training.
The Marines train about 17,000-20,000 recruits at Parris Island each year. Recruit training for those enlisted in the United States Marine Corps includes a thirteen-week process during which the recruit becomes cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle.
Recruit graduations at Parris Island occur every Friday of the year and attract thousands of family members and friends to the area. It is an awe inspiring event o see as the graduating platoons are marched and drilled before they are given the honor of a United States Marine.