Parris Island Training Schedule

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.

Phase 1

weeks 1-4

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.

Phase 2

weeks 5-8

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

weeks 9-12

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.

31 thoughts on “Parris Island Training Schedule”

  1. Platoon 3047 – 1968. I remember those sand fleas drilling for oil on the back of my neck in formation. Our DI, Sgt Spencer from Pittsburgh, had the most colorful names I’ve ever heard, Like “Supersonic bitch bastard” or “Lowlife batman M…F” Fond memories now. Not so much at the time. I often wonder how much of that has changed. Once a Marine, Always a Marine! Semper Fi.

  2. My granddaughter kiana is at parris island know at bootcamp getting ready for her crucible please send prayers to all in her plotoon 4040 for all of their safety durning there training and lets remember those who are also coming after them. God always watches and take care of his.

  3. What website gives an accurate description of the life of a Marine. My son was horrified when we saw the movie, Jarhead.

  4. My son is in boot camp now. Bravo co 1072 he graduates Oct. 17 2014 I cant wait to see him. His mon and I are so proud of what he is doing with his life. Go big clay

  5. I have a question about joining, I am about to finish my associates degree this summer and I want to contact a recruiter soon, how long does it take for them to contact us back?

    1. Dated response

      If you ever contacted a recruiter, I would bet you heard back from one, within just a few days. I wouldn’t believe any Marine recruiter would allow one prospect of a recruit to slip through their fingers.

  6. My son Kent E. Plt.1077 is about 4 weeks from Graduation as Marine at Parris Island.
    I’m proud of him and I wish him the best. Keep up the work Marines….!

  7. My son is there now in boot camp training and i’m so proud of him and miss him a lot. I wish you the best of luck for the next 3 months. GO MARINES!!!!!!!!

  8. My very good friend is in Echo company 2nd recruit platoon 2049 we love you bud hang tough oorah. USMC- Release the Dogs of War

    1. Congratulations nick fetzko`. That is what i am aiming for this year 2013. Going in July 08. I am graduating out of high school in may and am turning 18 in may as well. my IST is currently 25 pull ups, 172 crunches and a mile and a half time of 8:40. I plan on getting better and better on my IST before july comes around. And I know I can achieve Honorman! OOOO RAH!

  9. To Monica:
    Stay in college but join the USMC PLC. You will go for training at Quantico your last two summers in school and graduate as a Second Lt.

    1. hey you can go to the recuiter in your town and talk to him about what you need to do and where you need to go he will get everything done for you

  10. I have a question about joining the Marine Corps after 2 years of college, how excatly would that work? Would I be ranked or would i start from scratch the way i would if i joined right out of high school?

      1. you need a bacholers degree to be an officer in the usmc but warrant officer is open and u would be ranked higher for your college creidits but everyone starts the same in bootcamp

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