Recruits of Kilo Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, kick padded bags during a martial arts endurance course May 8, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. These recruits will endure more than 30 different physical training sessions such as these before earning the title Marine, training their bodies for the rigors of Marine Corps life after boot camp. The course consisted of different stations that tested the recruits’ knowledge of Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques as well as their physical and mental stamina. Kilo Company is scheduled to graduate July 11, 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. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. MaryAnn Hill/Released)
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