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United States Marine Corps
283 Blvd De France
MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905
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We 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, preparing them to win our nation’s battles in service to the country. Parris Island also serves a dual role as the headquarters for the Eastern Recruiting Region.
Technological advances balanced with environmental concerns have enabled the island to grow into one of the most efficient and picturesque military reservations in the world. The Mission Statement for Parris Island is "We Make Marines" as evidenced by a sign on the Gen. E. A. Pollock Causeway inside the gates of Parris Island – the only way on or off the base.
Access to the Depot is structured on Thursdays and Fridays of graduation weeks in order to accommodate the large number of visitors. Please follow the directions of the PMO Marines at the entrance gate in order to assure the most expeditious access to the base. Also, be advised that the Provost Marshal’s Office rigorously enforces traffic regulations aboard the Depot, please adhere to speed limits and make complete stops at marked intersections.
Beaufort is susceptible to high tides, flooding, and hurricanes, although, they seldom cause severe damage. It is wise to have renter's insurance if renting off-base or living in government housing. A list of insurance companies offering renters insurance is available at the Housing Office.
Cost of community housing (off-base housing) is relatively high in the Beaufort area. This is particularly true for Junior enlisted families requiring two or more bedrooms, who face greater out-of-pocket expense. Beaufort is located in close proximity to valuable resort property and plays host to three military facilities located in a sparsely populated, rural setting.
It is important to hand carry your medical/dental records, copy of official orders, school records (for you and your children), personnel file (SRB), training records, birth certificates, Social Security cards, pink slips/titles for vehicles, resumes, insurance papers, passports, warranties, road hazard insurance papers, and prescriptions.
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South Carolina law requires you to turn on your car headlights whenever there is any restriction to visibility while driving. This includes rain, fog, smoke, as well as at dawn and dusk. Due to COVID-19 MCRD Parris Island is currently closed to visitors.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
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