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Share Your Knowledge and Experience

Share Your Knowledge and Experience

Added April 15, 2016

We would like to encourage you to contact your son or daughter's recruiter to see if they would like you to share some words about the help and fellowship you've experienced through MarineParents.com outreach services such as RecruitParents.com, Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups, and Marine Family Network. If you're not too fond of speaking in front of others, perhaps you can offer to sit at an exhibit table with brochures and information to help lead the way to MarineParents.com, a source of support in this journey.

To help facilitate this sharing of information, we've put together the "Corps Kit," an informational presentation kit that outlines the services provided by MarineParents.com and RecruitParents.com. We offer two different kits. The first kit is our Corps Kit™: Poolee Presentation Kit is intended for use on a display table during Parents and Poolees functions put on by your local Marine Corps recruiting office. This kit is for distribution to Marine Corps Recruiters only.

Click here to learn more.

Men and Women Must Meet Same Standards for Combat Jobs
*Image info: A recruit practices the sitting position at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
(USMC photo by Pfc. Carlin Warren)

 

Marine Corps News: Men and Women Must Meet Same Standards for Combat Jobs

Added April 14, 2016

Marine Corps officials recently announced that male and female Marines must meet the same physical standards to be assigned to load-bearing units, such as infantry battalions, combat engineer companies, and Raider companies, according to Yvonne Carlock, a spokeswoman for the Marine Corps' Manpower and Reserve Affairs. Previously, the Marine Corps had separate assignment policies for men and women, and this new administrative message does not apply to lateral moves into ground combat military occupational specialties.


Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

 

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Week!

Added April 7, 2016

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and, more specifically, April 10-16 is 2016's Volunteer Appreciation Week. To mark the occasion, organizations across the country are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer on their behalves, and Marine Parents would like to do the same.

Our organization could not exist if it were not for the contributions of hundreds of parents around the United States. Our volunteers have taken that one step further and contribute endless hours answering emails, moderating our social media groups, researching information, and supporting the parents, spouses, family and friends of our United States Marines. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

Click here to read more

2016 TMP Registration

2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

Added April 7, 2016

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We only have 30 charity partner bibs remaining, so if you didn't make it in through the lottery, join the team and get your bib today!

Click here to learn more about Team Marine Parents...

8th & I
*Image info: Tom Henderson in his new dress blue uniform with his son, Dan.

 

Marine Parents Helps World War II Marine Combat Veteran's Dream Come True

Added April 7, 2016

In April of 1943, with the world at war for the second time in less than three decades, Thomas Ivan Henderson, an 18-year-old from Kankakee, Illinois, was notified that he had been drafted into the military and would soon be heading off to war. Henderson, a high school senior at the time, was on his way to the draft board to try to convince the members to let him finish high school before shipping out when he saw a life-size cardboard "cutout" of a Marine non-commissioned officer in a crisp "dress blue" uniform in the window of the local Montgomery Ward store encouraging eligible young men to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. "That blue uniform really looked nice," Henderson recalled. "Maybe I [could] impress my girlfriend when I [wore] it."

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8th & I
*Image info: (Department of Defense image)

 

April is the Month of the Military Child

Added April 7, 2016

Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child.

Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.


8th & I

 

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

Added April 7, 2016

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month. To mark the occasion, organizations across the country are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer on their behalves, and Marine Parents would like to do the same.

Our organization could not exist if it were not for the contributions of hundreds of parents around the United States. Our volunteers have taken that one step further and contribute endless hours answering emails, moderating our social media groups, researching information, and supporting the parents, spouses, family and friends of our United States Marines. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

Click here to read more

Inside Parris Island

Inside Parris Island

Added March 25, 2016

Behind the scenes of boot camp, there are Marines and sailors who support the drill instructors in their mission of transforming the country's best and brightest into Marines. Here's a closer look at one of them.

The monument is one of three one-third-sized models of the monument, which commemorates the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

Sgt. Ross C. Kramer, a field training instructor with Weapons and Field Training Battalion, explains why he serves with pride. Click here to watch video.



*Image info: Marine Corps Photos by Michael Kaneshige. Parris Island, SC.

Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony Tour Comes to Parris Island

Added March 22, 2016

The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Platoon, both based at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., performed March 13, 2016, to an audience of more than 1,000 recruits, Marines, and civilians aboard Marine Corps Recruiting Depot Parris Island, S.C. The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps played a variety of modern and traditional marching music. The Silent Drill Platoon executed nearly 15 minutes of unique drill movements without verbal commands. The performance was part of the detachment's 2016 spring tour.


Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Monument at Parris Island Refurbished
*Image info: The Iwo Jima Monument at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., is unveiled after months of extensive renovations, during a ceremony on the Peatross Parade Deck, on March 14, 2016.
(USMC photo by Michael Kaneshige)

 

Marine Corps News: Iwo Jima Monument at Parris Island Refurbished

Added March 17, 2016

This Monday, March 14, 2016, saw the unveiling of the refurbished Iwo Jima Monument at MCRD Parris Island during a ceremony on the Peatross Parade Deck.

The monument is one of three one-third-sized models of the monument, which commemorates the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.

The monument at Parris Island was dedicated in 1952, and this refurbishment will extend its life by at least 20 years. The renovations cost more than $450,000 and took 2,500 hours man-hours of work.


Secretary of the Navy observes recruit training on Parris Island
*Image info: Photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas

 

Secretary of the Navy observes recruit training on Parris Island

Added March 8, 2016

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, center, speaks with Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Ronald Green, left, and 1st Lt. Terri L. Piekosz, a series commander with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, March 3, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. Mabus visited Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in order to see firsthand how young men and women from across the country are transformed into United States Marines. Recruit training was consolidated under Recruit Training Regiment in 1986, and since then, all those desiring to complete recruit training must follow the same training program of instruction, and must complete the same graduation requirements.


Attend a Poolee Family Night on Our Behalf
*Image info: Copyright MarineParents.com, Inc.

 

Attend a Poolee Family Night on Our Behalf

Added March 3, 2016

The missions of Marine and Recruit Parents are two-prong—to provide support, information, and services to poolees, recruits, and Marines and their family members, as well as providing opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, MarineParents.com's Corporate Secretary, Marilyn Dilts, accomplished both parts of those missions by attending a poolee family night event in Lebanon, Missouri.

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Marine Parents Celebrates 13 Years of Service

 

Marine Parents Celebrates 13 Years of Service

Added January 21, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Thursday, January 21, 2016, marks the 13th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 13 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marines through all stages of their career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine families.

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Parris Island Celebrates 240th Marine Corps Birthday

 

Parris Island Celebrates 240th Marine Corps Birthday

Added November 16, 2015

Last Wednesday, November 11, 2015, MCRD Parris Island held a special ceremony in honor of the 240th anniversary of the founding of the Marine Corps.

During the ceremony, the history of the Corps was celebrated, with Marines dressing up in various historical uniforms, dating back to the 1700s. There was also the traditional cutting of the cake, symbolizing the passing of knowledge from one generation of Marines to the next. Birthday celebrations will continue at MCRD Parris Island this week as well.


Parris Island Marks Centennial
USMC photo by Cpl. William Perkins

 

Marine Corps News: Parris Island Marks Centennial

Added October 30, 2015

Sunday, November 1, 2015, marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

To mark the occasion, a flyover of approximately 600 new graduates of "Centennial" Charlie and Oscar companies was held last Friday, October 16, along with a speech by Commandant General Robert Neller.

Parris Island is Corps' second oldest post and continually operating recruit training installation, and approximately 19,000 recruits arrive each year, totaling more than one million Marine recruits over the last 100 years.



Iron Mike Rededication

"Iron Mike" Rededication

Added October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015, saw Colonel John Peck, commanding officer of Headquarters and Service Battalion, rededicate the "Iron Mike" Monument as part of the centennial celebration on Parris Island, South Carolina. The monument was originally dedicated to the Marines who trained on Parris Island and later died in World War I. Iron Mike, also know as the Monument to U.S. Marines, has stood on Parris Island as a reminder of sacrifice and duty since 1924.


MCRD Parris Island We Make Marines Sign

2016 Parris Island Graduation Dates Posted!

Added October 14, 2015
We have extended our list of boot camp companies and graduations for Parris Island ship dates from November 2015 through July 2016. If your poolee is a few months away from shipping, join our poolee parent group. If your loved one is shipping to Parris Island soon, join the Official MarineParents.com Company Facebook group corresponding with their ship date.

Click here for Female Recruit Graduation Groups

Click here for Male Recruit Graduation Groups


MCRD San Diego Eagle

2016 San Diego Graduation Dates Posted!

Added October 9, 2015
We have extended our list of boot camp companies and graduations for San Diego ship dates from November 2015 through July 2016. If your poolee is a few months away from shipping, join our poolee parent group. If your loved one is shipping to San Diego soon, join the Official MarineParents.com Company Facebook group corresponding with their ship date.

Click here to join a San Diego group


Social Sites

Join a Facebook Group!

Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

Added August 25, 2015
We have a place to connect and share with other family members who have a recruit in Marine Corps boot camp.

Click here to join a group


Marines

Four Marines Killed in Attack on Tennessee Naval Facility

Added July 16, 2015

The following statement was announced on the Official U.S. Marine Corps Facebook page at approximately 2:30 PM, CST:

"The Marine Corps can confirm four Marine fatalities at the Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, TN. Names of these Marines will be released upon notification of the next of kin.

We can also confirm one Marine Corps recruiter suffered a wound to the leg while working at the Chattanooga recruiting office, was treated at a local hospital and has been released.

Our priorities are focused on supporting the families of our Marines involved and assisting local investigators."

Click here to view the Marine Corps' Facebook page...


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