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    Marine recruits put combat skills to test on Parris Island [Image 2 of 6]

    Marine recruits put combat skills to test on Parris Island



    Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple 

    Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island           

    Rct. Branson Swanger strikes Rct. Trevor Edwards, both from Platoon 2080, Fox Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, during a pugil stick match Aug. 11, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits fight with pugil sticks, which represent rifles with attached bayonets, to simulate a close encounter with an enemy. Bayonet training is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which combines hand-to-hand combat skills with mental discipline and character development to help transform recruits into physically and morally sound warriors. Swanger, 18, from Raleigh, N.C., and Edwards, 19, from Charlotte, N.C., are scheduled to graduate Oct. 24, 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 Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)



    Date Taken: 08.11.2014
    Date Posted: 08.14.2014 15:56
    Photo ID: 1503725
    VIRIN: 140811-M-LQ078-023
    Resolution: 1365x2048
    Size: 1.79 MB
    Location: PARRIS ISLAND, SC, US 
    Hometown: CHARLOTTE, NC, US
    Hometown: RALEIGH, NC, US

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