Photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 04.18.2014
Date Posted: 04.21.2014 11:06
Recruits with Platoon 3041, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, demonstrated 50 different techniques throughout their martial arts qualification April 18, 2014 to earn tan belts, the first belt level in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program. The program combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into honorable warriors. They are scheduled to graduate June 13, 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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