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August 20, 2014

Marine recruits kick-start transformation with martial arts on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple
Date Taken:07.08.2014
Date Posted:08.20.2014 14:19

Recruits of Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice horizontal knee strikes July 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into ethical warriors. Recruits must earn their tan belts, the first level in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, to graduate training. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915.

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Marines sort, deliver hundreds of pounds of mail daily to Parris Island recruits

Photos by Cpl. David Bessey
Date Taken:08.11.2014
Date Posted:08.20.2014 10:56

Mail is delivered to the depot post office on Parris Island, S.C. Marine postal clerks sort through hundreds of pounds of mail each day to ensure they reach the recruits in training in a timely manner. Most recruits’ only connection to the outside world during their 13 weeks on Parris Island is through letters from friends and family. To ensure mail reaches recruits, Marine postal clerks stress the importance proper packaging and addressing to include a full name, full unit name, post office box and return address.

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August 19, 2014

Marine recruits build self-confidence during martial arts training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:08.05.2014
Date Posted:08.19.2014 09:29

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, practice the vertical hammer fist strike Aug. 5, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. This is one of many strikes in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which is designed to increase the warfighting capabilities of individual Marines and units, enhance Marines’ self-confidence and esprit de corps and foster the warrior ethos in all Marines. The program fuses hand-to-hand combat skills with character development, helping transform recruits into physically strong and morally sound Marines. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 17, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.

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Marine recruits stick to basics with bayonet training on Parris Island

Photos by Cpl. Jennifer Schubert
Date Taken:08.01.2014
Date Posted:08.19.2014 08:49

Recruits of Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, hone their bayonet fighting skills during pugil stick training Aug. 1, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits wear safety equipment such as helmets, groin protectors, flak jackets, gloves and mouthpieces to prevent injuries. Bayonet training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Echo Company is scheduled to graduate Oct. 3, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.

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August 18, 2014

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit visits Iwo To during transit through U.S 7th Fleet

Story by CPT Joshua Diddams
Date Posted:08.18.2014 13:35

USS MAKIN ISLAND, Pacific Ocean – Marines and sailors with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 5 were afforded a rare opportunity to visit Iwo To (formally known as Iwo Jima) while transiting through the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility Aug. 16, 2014.

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August 17, 2014

1st Marine Regiment cases colors, ends mission in Afghanistan

Story by 1LT Garth Langley
Date Posted:08.17.2014 09:41

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - A blinding sandstorm swept across the desert floor surrounding Regional Command (Southwest)’s security-nebulous, Task Force Belleau Wood, Aug. 15, 2014. During a brief pause in the storm, Marines with 1st Marine Regiment held a small ceremony to case the unit’s battle colors for the final time in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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The Pentagon is adding to its arsenal of weapons in Norway’s caves

Story by Dan Lamothe August 12, 2014

In the heart of Norway’s countryside, the U.S. military is bolstering its arsenal of weapons with tanks, gun trucks and other armored vehicles along with hundreds of containers of equipment.

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August 16, 2014

Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company provide security for units operating in Helmand province, Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Cody Haas | Regional Command Southwest | Date: 08.16.2014

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan – During the early morning hours before sunrise, Marines with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company donned their gear for a security operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 8.

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August 15, 2014

World War II Marine Raiders reunite

By Sgt. Christina Porras | Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego | August 15, 2014

San Diego --

In the midst of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted an order creating a group of Marines to perform elite operations and employ unconventional warfare tactics similar to those used by modern-day special operations units. Volunteers made up four battalions of these elite operators and they came to be known as the Marine Raiders. Although the specialized operators were only in existence from 1942-1944, the men left a lasting impression in the pages of Marine Corps history.

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