Photo By Sgt. Caitlin Brink | Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, jump into the recruit pool while wearing various combat gear during basic water survival qualification July 8, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. They shed the gear in 10 seconds or less to complete the qualification. Water survival training was designed to reduce fear, raise self-confidence and develop the ability to survive in water. The evaluation provides recruits with basic water survival skills and is a graduation requirement. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 6, 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 for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)
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PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Recruits of Lima Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, learned the basics of water survival July 8, 2013, at Parris Island’s recruit training pool.
Recruits must pass various tests including swimming in full utility uniform, jumping into deep water from a tower and treading water. Water survival training reduces fear, raises self-confidence and develops the ability to survive in the water. The evaluation provides recruits with basic water survival skills and is a graduation requirement. Lima Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 6, 2013.
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