Screening before the screaming
A new recruit with India Company, 3rd Recruit training Battalion, is medically screened after arriving at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, April 27. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Brooke C. Woods)

Amid the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, the Marine Corps is taking steps to protect its recruits, recruit training personnel, their families and the communities where they live and serve by temporarily suspending the shipping of new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, South Carolina.

Recruit training for individuals already at the Depot will continue as planned, with continued emphasis on personal and environmental cleanliness and social distancing.

“The preservation of our Marines, recruits and their families is the highest priority for Marine Corps Recruiting during this national emergency,” said Gen. David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps. “With that in mind, we’ve paused this week’s shipping of new recruits to Parris Island and will revise our overall shipping plan to ensure we are able to meet the Nation’s needs while protecting its next generation of Marines.”

Poolees should keep in close contact with their Marine recruiters to make sure they understand any changes to their planned ship dates.


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