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    Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits train to use bayonets on Parris Island [Image 8 of 9]

    Photo Gallery: Parris Island recruits train to use bayonets on Parris Island



    Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island           

    Rct. Nicholas Gunter, left, prepares to land a winning blow on Rct. Jennings Waddell during pugil sticks training Sept. 17, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. This training, along with other close-quarters combat skills, is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which contributes to the mental, character and physical development of recruits and Marines alike. Gunter, 19, from Warner Robins, Ga., and Waddell, from Richmond, Va., are scheduled to graduate with Platoon 3088, Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, on Nov. 22, 2013. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)



    Date Taken: 09.17.2013
    Date Posted: 09.24.2013 19:49
    Photo ID: 1025313
    VIRIN: 130917-M-FS592-647
    Resolution: 3456x2304
    Size: 2.28 MB
    Location: PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US 
    Hometown: RICHMOND, VA, US
    Hometown: WARNER ROBINS, GA, US

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