Photos by Cpl. Caitlin Brink | Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island | Date:01.15.2014
Date Posted:01.24.2014 17:55
Recruits of Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, aim at simulated targets Jan. 15, 2014, during marksmanship training on Parris Island, S.C. For five days, primary marksmanship instructors teach recruits the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, firing positions, weapons safety and rifle range procedures in preparation for firing live rounds the following week. In order to become a Marine, every recruit must qualify with a rifle, firing at targets up to 500 yards away. Papa Company is scheduled to graduate Feb. 28, 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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