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.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is home to Marine Aircraft Group 31, one of the largest F/A-18 aircraft groups, which includes approximately 4,200 Marines and Sailors working here. Its size, combined with MAG-31’s reputation for tactical proficiency, has earned the Air Station the title “Fightertown.”
The Air Station covers 6,900 acres within Beaufort County and controls an additional 5,200 acres at the Townsend Bombing Range in Macintosh County, Ga. This range is managed by the Georgia Air National Guard and provides Fightertown pilots the opportunity to train for air-ground combat.
NAVAL HOSPITAL BEAUFORT
Naval Hospital Beaufort is located just off Ribaut Road, on the Beaufort River. It is approximately halfway between the Marine Corps Air Station and Parris Island. The naval command consists of the naval hospital, a naval support facility, and two branch health clinics, one at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, and the other at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital are 53 family housing units, two Bachelor Enlisted Quarters able to accommodate 190 residents, a Navy Exchange retail store, optical shop, vending machine courts, gas station and a mini-mart. This command also has a complete Public Works facility. Recreational facilities include: softball fields, swimming pool, lighted tennis and basketball courts, outdoor fitness court, fishing pier, children’s playground, and a picnic area with sheltered barbecue sites.
Naval Hospital Beaufort administers
TRICARE, the Department of Defense’s managed health care program for active duty members, military families and retirees. One of the key features to TRICARE is TRICARE Prime, the Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) style plan that allows Beaufort’s Prime enrollees the advantage of having all of their health care needs coordinated by a team of professional health care providers 24 hours a day at NHB.
The Naval Hospital provides outpatient
care to TRICARE Prime enrolled beneficiaries on an appointment basis and, in most cases, TRICARE for Life and TRICARE Standard patients as well. To enroll or for more information on the TRICARE Program, visit the TRICARE Services Center located on the first floor of the hospital or call (800) 444-5445.
Emergency and Urgent Medical Care
In an emergency, 911 should be called for ambulance service. The Naval Hospital Beaufort Emergency Room is open 24 hours a day. The Urgent Care Clinic is open only on federal holidays,
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check-in for Urgent Care is at the Emergency Room front desk. The direct phone number for Urgent Care is 228-5424/5400.
6TH MARINE CORPS DISTRICT
The 6th Marine Corps District (6th MCD) encompasses the eight Southeastern states of Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, East Central Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Its primary mission is command and control of recruiting within the Southeastern United States.
In July 1996, the 6th MCD headquarters was relocated to Parris Island from Atlanta, Ga., to save valuable tax dollars and improve the quality of life for its service members. It is located in Building 903.
The 6th MCD was established in 1946. Prior to that year, the administration of voluntary enlistment was done at various Marine Corps recruiting offices, posts and stations throughout the south, coordinated through the Southeastern Recruiting District Headquarters in New Orleans, La. Over the years, the District has borne several titles.
1937-1945………… 6th Reserve District
1946-1952…. 6th Marine Corps Reserve
1953-1963……………. 6th Reserve and
1964-present. 6th Marine Corps District
In 1976, recruiting operations were streamlined when the enlisted recruiting functions were brought under the operational control of the commanding generals of the East and West Coast Recruit Depots. The 6th MCD falls under the operational control of the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, S.C. Also, all reserve functions were transferred to the commanding generals, 4th Marine Division and 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, both headquartered in New Orleans, La. These changes were instrumental in gaining greater regulation of quality recruits bound for recruit training and the centralization of command and control of the combat-ready components of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
In the late 1970s, the 6th MCD adopted the nickname “Pacesetters” for its achievements in recruiting when compared to the other Marine Corps Districts. The 6th MCD has led the nation several times in total force recruiting.
The 6th MCD is at present divided into eight individual Recruiting Stations. They are located in Atlanta, Ga.; Columbia, S.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Orlando, Fla.; Montgomery, Ala.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Baton Rouge, La.