Photo Gallery: Marine recruits hone warrior ethos through close combat training on Parris Island

Staff Sgt. Patrick McGovern, senior drill instructor for Platoon 3002, Mike Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, encourages Rct. Richard Marsh, Platoon 3002, to fight with intensity Nov. 4, 2013, during pugil stick training on Parris Island, S.C. This training, along with other close-quarters combat skills, is part of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, which contributes to the mental, character and physical development of recruits and Marines alike. McGovern, 26, from Whitman, Mass., is one of a handful of drill instructors responsible for motivating and disciplining recruits throughout training. Marsh, 22, Columbia, Mo., is scheduled to graduate Jan. 17, 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. (Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink)

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