Professional Photos and Videos Taken of Recruits During Bootcamp
During boot camp, recruits will have their photos taken with their platoon as well as individually in the "dress blues" uniform. A video of graduation will also be produced, and that video will include footage from each battalion. Both Parris Island and San Diego offer these services. Your recruit will be given an opportunity to purchase the photos as well as the video. They will also be given the opportunity to order a yearbook, and at Parris Island, that will be the only time the yearbooks are available for order. Individual photos will be given to the recruit prior to Family day, but will not be mailed home. Recruits who miss photo day for any reason or recruits who must have retakes will have those photos mailed to them. When a recruit has his/her photo taken and then has to change companies because he/she was set back in the graduation cycle, the photos are sent to his/her new platoon.
Parris Island Graduation and Marine Corps Videos
The old Parris Island graduation video, "Making Marines: the Change is Forever", can be ordered online by clicking here. The producers of this film, "Good-To-Go Video", have archived copies of Parris Island Graduation VHS tapes dating back to November 1999. Parris Island Marines that graduated on or after May 23, 2003 can purchase DVD copies of their graduation. As of 11/1/13, "Good-To-Go-Video" no longer produces the Parris Island graduation video. From 11/1/13 onward, MVP Studios will be producing the new Parris Island graduation video,"Earning The Title." To order, "Earning the Title", please click here to visit MVP Studios' website.
Parris Island Yearbooks
Only recruits can order yearbooks. Family members cannot call and order one even if their recruit is in boot camp. Recruits will be able to order a yearbook on training day (TD) 26. That is the one and only time that they will be able to order a yearbook. No orders will be taken after that date. If you would like to have a yearbook please send your recruit a reminder in a letter (prior to TD 26) to order one.
San Diego Graduation Videos
In the past, we have linked to "Devil Dog Videos", where the producers of the video put platoon footage online for the parents, family, and friends back home to review. We have since removed these links due to the fact that they were unofficial and had not been approved or sanctioned in any way by the Marine Corps.
San Diego Photos
Recruits, when ordering the individual "dress blues" photo, may also order a yearbook/graduation book as well as a slideshow DVD. This DVD is different than the graduation video. It is a slideshow of candid still shots taken of the recruits throughout all phases of training. These should be ordered by the recruit during training, but you may order copies of them afterward through the Marine Corps Community Service website or by calling the yearbook office at (619) 296-3840. The yearbook office keeps records for two years. For books older than 4 years, you can contact the MCRD Historical Society (619) 524-4426.