Congratulations on your Marine’s accomplishment in becoming part of this nation’s 911 force. The honor of becoming a Marine is a legacy that has been forged for over 245 years. You must be very proud of his/her commitment to voluntarily serve this great nation, to preserve our way of life, and protect our freedom.
The Marine Corps prides itself on doing two things extremely well: We win our nation’s battles and we make Marines I At Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, we are proud to make Marines and we have been doing this for over 100 years.
Throughout the 13 weeks of recruit training your Marine has successfully mastered all the graduation requirements: water survival, physical fitness tests, rifle qualification, martial arts, academics, and Battalion Commander’s inspections. All of these events culminate with the Crucible where recruits receive the coveted Eagle Globe and Anchor and earn the title of United States Marines!
Upon seeing your new Marine, I promise you, he or she will be physically fit, will walk with pride, will exude self-reliance and above all else, will forever be, a United States Marine.
A Marine is characterized as one who possesses the highest in military virtue. They obey orders, respect their seniors and strive constantly to be the best in everything they do. Your Marine is now part of an organization that demands excellence and strives to make a difference in this world. Your Marine is now a part of the greatest brother and sisterhood they will ever come to know.
I look forward to seeing you during your visit to Parris Island and hope you can take part in all of the major events that occur on graduation week including the Motivational Run, Family Day, raising of our National Colors and the most anticipated event; Graduation.
Semper FidelisSergeant Major Edwin A. Mota