Parris Island | Carolina Snaps


Beaufort, South Carolina is the home of three of eight military bases in South Carolina. U.S. Navy Hospital Beaufort, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. 

Since 1915, Parris Island has been a U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where thousands of marines are trained annually. After coming under English control, the island was granted to Robert Daniell in 1706. It became known as Port Royal Island. It later came into the hands of Colonel Alexander Parris. 

In 1889, it was made a naval station and named after Colonel Alexander Parris, public treasurer of South Carolina in the early 18th century. 

This facility is the main recruit depot for the United States Marine Corps. Parris Island began training male recruits in November of 1915. Female recruits were welcomed onto the base in February 1949. 

The mission of Parris Island is to "Make Marines by recruiting quality young men and women and transforming them through the foundations of rigorous basic training, our shared legacy, and a commitment to our core values."

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