Welcome to MCRD Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is the East Coast boot camp for Marines, located in Port Royal, South Carolina. The depot is 5 miles from Beaufort, 40 miles from Savannah, Georgia, and 75 miles from Charleston, South Carolina.

The base was originally part of a Naval Station, and the first Marines attached to that station. Parris Island was officially established as a Marine Corps training depot in November of 1915, and commenced training Marines. Many historic buildings on Parris Island were built between 1891 and World War I. These buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During World War II, MCRD Parris Island trained 204,509 Marines for duty, most of whom fought in the Pacific Theater. 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. During the Korean War, Parris Island saw more than 138,000 recruits report for training. Today, the Marines train about 17,000 recruits a year at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

In 2002, the Town of Port Royal annexed the entire island, which had no practical effect on the military reservation. The Depot is more popularly associated with the larger nearby town of Beaufort (“Byufert”), the second oldest city of the State of South Carolina, and home of MCAS Beaufort.

Recruit training is a thirteen-week process during which the recruits are cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to Marine Corp lifestyle.

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 the temperatures in the 30s to 60s. Annual rainfall in the area is 49 inches, with the wettest month being August.

Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Port Royal, Burton, Beaufort, and Shell Point. Apartments near Beaufort or Port Royal rent for $700-$1200 a month. Houses near Beaufort or Port Royal sell for about $380,000.
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