Welcome to MCRD Parris Island

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island is a military installation located near Port Royal, South Carolina. The base is five miles from Beaufort, and the facility is used to train enlisted Marines. The base was officially established as a Marine Corps facility in November of 1915, and training commenced for military personnel. Many historic buildings exist on Parris Island that were built between 1891 and World War I. These buildings are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 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. During the Vietnam War, recruit count increased. Training of recruits requires a thirteen-week process during which the recruits are cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to Marine Corp lifestyle. Weapons training, physical fitness, and Marine Corps Martial Arts Programs are some of the program curriculum.

Weather in the Parris Island area tends to be hot in the summer with temperatures in the 80s and cold in the winter with the temperatures in the 40s. Annual rainfall in the area is 49 inches with the wettest month being August. July is also the warmest month, and January is the coldest. Local housing options are available nearby in cities such as Port Royal, Burton, and Bluffton. In 2002, the Town of Port Royal annexed the entire island. Today, the Marines train about 17,000 recruits a year at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
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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 base 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, homes for sale by owner (FSBO) and featured real estate, 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 base. When looking at the rental homes, apartments and homes for sale make sure to use our tools in each listing to research the schools, demographics, crime rates and other helpful community information pertaining to Shell Point , Beaufort , Burton, Port Royal , Hilton Head Island , Bluffton, and other nearby areas. Please note DoD Housing Network is not a government sponsored website.

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