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Marine recruits qualify in water survival on Parris Island

by LCpl Caitlin Brink
07.12.2013 11:11

Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, wait for instructions on the next portion of the basic water survival qualification July 8, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Water survival training was designed to reduce fear, raise self-confidence and develop the ability to survive in water. The evaluation is a graduation requirement and provides recruits with basic water survival skills. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 6, 2013. 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 for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

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