The United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at Parris Island, South Carolina is an 8,095 acre military installation located on the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 5 miles south of Beaufort, South Carolina.
Parris Island is perhaps the most famous military training camp in the world thanks to movies like Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket and Pat Conroy's The Great Santini. It's where most enlisted Marines begin their military career.
Male recruits from states east of the Mississippi River and all female recruits report to Parris Island for Marine Corp bootcamp. Male recruits from states west of the Mississippi River receive their training in San Diego, California, but may train at Parris Island by special request.
Marine recruits endure a thirteen week process that cuts them off from the civilian world in order to adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle. Drill instructors provide weapons training, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, personal hygiene and cleanliness, close order drill, and Marine Corps history. The training emphasizes physical fitness and recruits must attain a minimum standard of fitness to graduate.
This standard includes a Physical Fitness Test. Recruits must also meet minimum combat-oriented swimming qualifications, qualify in rifle marksmanship with the M16A4 service rifle, and pass a 54-hour simulated combat exercise known as "The Crucible".