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FReeper Canteen ~ Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC ~ July 31, 2012
Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | laurenmarlowe

Posted on 07/30/2012 5:59:29 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska

 
 

~The FReeper Canteen Presents~

Road Trip: Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is an 8,095 acre military installation near Beaufort, South Carolina tasked with 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. Male recruits living west of the Mississippi River receive their training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California, but may train at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island by special request.

Parris Island is located in the southeastern corner of South Carolina’s Low Country within Beaufort County, 70 miles south of Charleston and 45 miles north of Savannah, Georgia. Its 8,095 acres (of which 3,263 are habitable) are picturesque.

The island is named after Alexander Parris, a descendant of English colonists who purchased the island and eight small surrounding islands in 1715. Marines were first stationed here in 1891 in the form of a small security detachment that guarded a U.S. Navy coaling station. Parris Island was established as a Recruit Depot on 1 November 1915 and has continued to train recruits ever since.

Initial training for those enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, also referred to as boot camp, includes a thirteen week process during which the recruit becomes cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle. During training, the drill instructors train recruits in a wide variety of subjects including weapons training, Marine Corps Martial Arts, formation drilling, and Marine Corps history.

The training emphasizes physical fitness and recruits must attain a minimum standard of fitness to graduate. This standard includes a PFT (Physical Fitness Test) that consists of a three-mile (5 km) run, pull-ups and crunches. Recruits must also meet minimum combat-oriented swimming qualifications, qualify in rifle marksmanship with the M16A2 service rifle, and pass a 54-hour simulated combat exercise known as "The Crucible".

In addition to the enlisted recruiting mission, the Eastern Recruiting Region is responsible for the accession of over 1,200 new officers through the Platoon Leadership Course, Officer Candidate Class and the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship program. Furthermore, the ERR is responsible to MCRC for maintaining all Marine Corps quality standards as they pertain to new accessions. In October 2003, the ERR received the additional mission of conducting Prior Service Recruiting in the eastern United States. The Prior Service Recruiters are responsible for joining over 1,900 former Marines to selected Marine Corps Reserve Units each year.

The recruiting mission mirrors the mission of Marines everywhere - to locate, close with and enlist young men and women of character to fill the ranks of the 21st Century Marine Corps. Recruiting qualified young men and women of character is the lifeblood of the Corps. It is the foundation for all the Marine Corps does to “Make Marines, Win Battles, and Return Quality Citizens to Society.”

In 2007, ERR enlisted and shipped 19,500 new recruits to Parris Island. This was over 1,300 more recruits than were shipped the previous year. This trend of increasing the annual ship mission will continue for the next few years as the Marine Corps
continues to grow the force to 202,000 in order to support the Commandant’s guidance. In addition to the increasing missions, ERR is also growing the size of its recruiting force.

Forming the bedrock of any Marine’s character are the Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. These values are incorporated into every aspect of Recruit Training and result in basically-trained Marines who will be better citizens when they return to their local communities upon the completion of their service to this country.

Learn More About MCRD Parris Island Here!

The Depot is home to the Marine Corps' first Command Museum, the Parris Island Museum. Thanks to the efforts of then Commanding General Robert H. Barrow, under the authority of the Marine Corps History and Museum Division, the museum was dedicated on 8 January 1975 by Commandant of the Marine Corps, Robert E. Cushman, Jr.

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Today, the museum's over 8,000 square feet of exhibit galleries serves as a focal point for assisting in the training of recruits about the long and honored history and traditions of the Marine Corps. Marine families, veterans, and the general public will also find inspiration from the stories told through artifacts and images of Marines who served our nation during some of our most challenging times.

Learn More About The Parris Island Museum Here!

FR CANTEEN MISSION STATEMENT~Showing support and boosting the morale of our military and our allies military and the family members of the above. Honoring those who have served before. 

Please remember: The Canteen is a place to honor and entertain our troops. The Canteen is family friendly. Let's have fun!

We pray for your continued strength, to be strong in the face of adversity.

We pray for your safety, that you will return to your families and friends soon.

We pray that your hope, courage, and dignity remain unbroken, so that you may show others the way.

God Bless You All ~ Today, Tomorrow and Always

 

 



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101 posted on 07/31/2012 9:03:24 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Really,no didn’t see it.


102 posted on 07/31/2012 9:11:06 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: fatima; Arrowhead1952

Really cool video...link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EAq4ffOaRE


103 posted on 07/31/2012 9:12:41 AM PDT by HiJinx (He who controls the water, controls life.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

You’re welcome. I see the Navy Corpsmen are already here!


104 posted on 07/31/2012 9:12:46 AM PDT by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: HiJinx; fatima

Thanks for posting the link. I got that in an email but deleted it.


105 posted on 07/31/2012 9:40:35 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (It's time to take out the trash in DC.)
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To: HiJinx

OMGosh,I’m going to show it to the kids-Thanks:)


106 posted on 07/31/2012 10:52:36 AM PDT by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Thanks Kathy!

{{HUGS}}


107 posted on 07/31/2012 10:54:26 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Arrowhead1952
#100

108 posted on 07/31/2012 11:15:30 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
#50

109 posted on 07/31/2012 11:16:38 AM PDT by beachn4fun (Losing our FReedom, one ban at a time.)
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To: Kathy in Alaska

Hollywood Marine checking in. :P Semper Fi.


110 posted on 07/31/2012 11:17:36 AM PDT by AmericanSamurai
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To: Kathy in Alaska

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDW2s1y6-rc&list=UU74ICj22PYUvZb6lXSxDWcQ&index=6&feature=plcp

2009 Moto run at son’s graduation. He’s currently at summer OCS in Quantico.


111 posted on 07/31/2012 11:53:28 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: fredhead
Good afternoon, fred...thanks for sharing your story.

We thank you for your service to our country.


112 posted on 07/31/2012 12:47:26 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ConorMacNessa

Good afternoon, Mac...*HUGS*...feling better off the new meds?

Rain all day yesterday, but sun so far today.


113 posted on 07/31/2012 1:35:52 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Arrowhead1952

On our way to vote right now! :)


114 posted on 07/31/2012 1:41:02 PM PDT by LUV W (Never forget...WE have THEM surrounded! ~ Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Good afternoon, Kathy!

*HUGS*

Slow improvement from getting off the Gralise. Pain is not as bad as it has been. But I can still feel arthritis developing in my left wrist and hand. The middle finger feels tighter day by day. Sorry to run on about it.

Leaving the office in a half-hour - meeting Mrs. MacNessa at the local pool for some Aquatherapy. I hope you're having a good day - I guess tomorrow is your crunch day. I expect to be on the Canteen later tonight.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

115 posted on 07/31/2012 2:01:40 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Good afternoon, Arrowhead...((HUGS))...good luck in your runoff election.


116 posted on 07/31/2012 2:23:42 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: ken5050
Good afternoon, ken...thanks for sharing your thoughts.

We thank you for your service to our country.


117 posted on 07/31/2012 2:30:03 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: fatima

fatima...((HUGS))

I bet the kids liked seeing Yogi, but you really don’t need him hanging around.


118 posted on 07/31/2012 2:43:47 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: HiJinx

Thanks, HJ...if I ever get a break I will get out my iPad so I can watch it.


119 posted on 07/31/2012 5:11:15 PM PDT by Kathy in Alaska (((~RIP Brian...the Coast Guard lost a good one.~)))
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To: Kathy in Alaska
Hi again, Kathy! Did the Aqua-therapy this evening on my way home from the office. Got 15 minutes in - felt totally drained at the end. Will be doing this several times per week from here out.



Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

120 posted on 07/31/2012 5:55:41 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: Iron Munro

Went through on 10 Sept, 1954. Remember it like it was yesterday. Went back about 15 years ago to watch my son graduate. Semper Fidelis


121 posted on 08/06/2012 11:43:31 AM PDT by gunner03
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To: Iron Munro

Went in before Ribbon Creek. A few years later, I was asked to be a DI, but told the “talking doctor” I supported Sgt McKeon’s training methods, which did not go over well.


122 posted on 08/06/2012 11:54:14 AM PDT by gunner03
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To: gunner03
Went through on 10 Sept, 1954. Remember it like it was yesterday. Went back about 15 years ago to watch my son graduate. Semper Fidelis

I know exactly what you mean.

I may not always remember why I'm standing in the aisle at the grocery store, but I recall my time at Parris Island with great clarity and detail! And I wouldn't want to lose a bit of those memories.

Semper Fi, Gunner


123 posted on 08/06/2012 12:03:08 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: beachn4fun
“The only way to go to Parris Island is on a government bus with a snarling DI to act as your tour guide. :)”

It was still dark after we left the station at Yammassee on the bus to PI but there was a late moon out. The old oak trees lining both sides of the 2 lane road to PI were covered with Spanish moss, which I had never seen before. The moonlight only leaked through in places but it gave a weak glow to tunnel-like passage the bus was following. It was quiet on the bus; Very quiet!

124 posted on 08/23/2012 10:17:04 PM PDT by Phosgood (If you saw us:............It wasn't Us ! 3rd Div Rec >..<)
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