Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Community
Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island
The mission of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot is two-fold. First, it trains male recruits who have enlisted from the Eastern Recruiting Region, an area east of the Mississippi River. It also trains all female recruits from across the nation. Secondly, Parris Island is the headquarters of the Eastern Recruiting Region, which oversees the Corps’ recruiting efforts at three district headquarters and 23 recruiting stations.
There are three recruiting districts east of the Mississippi. The 1st Marine Corps District is located in Garden City, N.Y., the 4th MCD is in Harrisburg, Pa., and the 6th MCD is headquartered at Parris Island.
Additionally, the Depot houses a school to train drill instructors and a Weapons and Field Training Battalion that serves not only Marines, but other services as well.
The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is located in the Southeastern corner of South Carolina’s Lowcountry within Beaufort County, 70 miles south of Charleston and 45 miles north of Savannah, Ga. Its 8,095 acres (of which 3,262 are habitable) are picturesque and sit only 20 feet above sea level.