Welcome to MCRD Parris Island, SC

Housing, Business, Community, and Relocation Information.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is the primary destination for enlisted recruits on the East Coast. The major tenants are the Recruit Training Regiment and the Weapons and Field Training Battalion. The MCRD is located in Port Royal, South Carolina.



In 1861, the Port Royal Harbor was the site of a Naval storehouse and coaling dock. Parris Island was soon chosen as a site for the official Naval Station and the first Marine guard arrived in 1891. By 1895, the station became a Marine Barracks and Marine officers’ school. The barracks have been used for training since and have turned out hundreds of thousands of Marines for every major conflict of the past two centuries.

In February of 1949, the MCRD activated a separate command for training female recruits. The command was designated the 4th Recruit Training Battalion and now serves as the only battalion in the Corps for training female recruits. Today, the Marines train about 17,000 recruits a year at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.



Weather in the Parris Island area tends to be hot and humid in the summer with temperatures in the 70s to 90s, and cold in the winter with temperatures in the 30s to 60s. Annual rainfall in the area is 49 inches.


Local Info

Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Port Royal, Burton, Beaufort, Laurel Bay, Ladys Island, and Shell Point. Apartments near Beaufort or Port Royal rent for $800-$1200 a month. Houses in Beaufort County usually sell for about $275,000.


Nearby military installations: MCAS Beaufort, NH Beaufort


About DoD Housing Network

Welcome to DoD Housing Network. We provide the resources for you to make an educated housing decision upon your PCS arrival to MCRD Parris Island. Whether you decide to stay on post in MCRD Parris Island housing or use your basic allowance for housing (BAH) to rent or purchase a home in the community surrounding MCRD Parris Island, our relocation tools will help you make the right choice.

Feel free to browse the homes for rent and homes for sale, as well as the local businesses that work with MCRD Parris Island inbound soldiers and their families. Our goal at DoD Housing Network is to help you better understand MCRD Parris Island and the surrounding communities, neighborhoods and activities. If you need temporary lodging upon your arrival to MCRD Parris Island please visit our lodging section with available hotels close to post. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.