Rct. Kyle Walczak, Platoon 2060, Golf Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, swims 25 meters during water survival qualification June 9, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Swim qualification was introduced after World War II to help reduce the amount of drowned casualties. Recruits also learn how to create makeshift flotation devices using their utility uniforms and packs, leap from a tower into deep water and shed heavy gear in 10 seconds or less while underwater. Each exercise simulates a water survival technique they may need if they become Marines. Walczak, 19, from Bel Air, Md., is scheduled to graduate Aug. 8, 2014. 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 Posted:||06.30.2014 10:57|
|Location:||PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US|
|Hometown:||BEL AIR, MD, US|
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