During a recent trip to Beaufort, SC, we visited Parris Island – one of the two locations where Marines are born! After successfully completing a 13-week boot camp, a new class of Marines graduates nearly every week.
The first stop we made was near the barracks where recruits live. We saw a Drill Sergeant, and seeing his hat brought back a lot of memories for Husband, who completed boot camp a while back.
Right away, a Military Police representative informed us that the barracks are not a tourist attraction. After peeking inside and seeing the austere conditions, I’d hardly call them a tourist attraction!
I cannot say the same about the rest of the base – located right on the water, it is absolutely beautiful! See for yourself. If it weren’t for several groups of Marines-in-the-making we saw marching around or exercising on a hot Saturday afternoon, you’d think you were at a resort!
Husband said that several recruits in his class were furious because their recruiters told them that the 13-week course was going to be just like summer camp! Poor souls… Did they not watch any military movies?!