What Is the Parris Island Training Schedule?


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Marine recruit training at Parris Island is a 13-week program that involves one week of recruit in-processing and 12 weeks of training, not only in survival and combat skills, but history and strategy, as well as basic chores such as cleaning. Each recruit class follows this same 13-week program.

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Recruits arrive on Parris Island late at night to begin a week-long process of haircuts, medical evaluations, gear issue and other pre-training necessities. During the first three weeks of training, recruits learn about military history, customs, basic first aid, leadership and core values. They also practice close-order drill and hand-to-hand combat.

In week four, recruits learn how to survive in water. In week five, recruits take their initial written test, compete in a drill competition, learn to rappel and learn to use a gas mask. During weeks six and seven, recruits learn fundamental marksmanship and fire their weapons using live rounds.

Week eight is Team Week in which recruits do laundry and clean buildings. In week nine, recruits are taught basic skills of survival in combat. In week 10, recruits complete a combat fitness test and undergo practical evaluations. Week 11 features a fitness test, a written exam and a 54-hour field event. In week 12, the new Marines complete final administrative tasks before graduation.

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