Welcome to Parris Island where “We Make Marines”.

Recently, your recruit entered training in hopes of earning the proud title of United States Marine. Graduation is the culmination of 13 grueling weeks of blood, sweat and tears. To become a Marine your recruit will have to successfully complete Water Survival Qualification, a Physical Fitness Test, Rifle Qualification, Martial Arts Tan Belt, Academic Mastery, the Battalion Commander’s Inspection, and the Crucible.

It will not be an easy process, but we believe that Marines are forged in a furnace of shared hardship and tough training. This intense experience will create bonds of camaraderie, esprit de corps and standards of conduct so strong that Marines will let nothing stand in the way of accomplishing their mission. Marine Corps recruits are trained and challenged not only physically and mentally, but morally as well. These three challenges, when combined, forge the bedrock of the character of a Marine.

Graduation is but the beginning – how far a Marine goes in life will be limited only by his or her own needs and desires. During recruit training, we will instill our core values of “Honor, Courage and Commitment” into every recruit. After recruit training, we demand that Marines practice these values in every facet of their lives. This means that even after individuals leave the Corps, those values remain a part of them.

What our recruits experience at Parris Island changes them forever. On behalf of the Marines aboard the Depot and the Eastern Recruiting Region, thank you for your support through this process. It is with great pleasure and pride we welcome you all to the United States Marine Corps family.

Semper Fidelis

Brigadier General Terry V. Williams
Commanding General
Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region
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