The training schedule for a Parris Island recruit is a three-month long period where the recruit will progress through three distinct training phases. The training schedule for the Parris Island Recruit Depot is very similar to the schedule of the recruits training at Recruit Depot San Diego.
Before the three phases begin, recruits go through a processing period that takes up the first few days.
Recruits are trained in military & Marine Corps history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, uniforms, and leadership and core values. The recruits will be trained in hand-to-hand combat skills through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), which is comprised of several martial arts styles.
Weeks 5-8 include water survival and swim qualification recruit training. Historically, the Marine Corps has been an amphibious service “on land and sea”. These weeks also focus on initial written testing and initial drill. If you’ve watched any videos about recruit training, you’ll see recruits scaling down a rappel tower or filing out of a gas chamber. Recruits also begin training on the fundamentals of Marine Corps marksmanship with the standard M16 A2 service rifle. Phase 2 ends with Team Week where recruits perform various maintenance tasks around the recruit depot and work on final drill.
Phase 3 starts out with A-Line/Basic Warrior Training. Training will focus on basic field and combat skills through various exercises including a day/movement course, target exercises, a combat endurance course, a practical application evaluation, final drill, written testing, ceremony practices and graduation.