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Photo Gallery: Marine recruits hone warrior ethos through close combat training on Parris Island

Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date: 11.04.2013
Date Posted:11.18.2013 13:52

Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with fixed bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. 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. Wagner, 18, from Cleveland, is scheduled to graduate Jan. 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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