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[[Drill Instructor Spotlight]]

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. – Only about 600 Marine Corps drill instructors shape the approximately 20,000 recruits who come to Parris Island annually into basic United States Marines. This handful of dedicated DIs is entrusted with sustaining a more than 237-year legacy by transforming men and women into the next generation of Marines. This is one of those drill instructors.

Name: Staff Sgt. Kellee Marchiano
Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion
Joined Marine Corps in August 2002
Became a DI April 2011
Military Occupational Specialty: Ammunition Technician
Native of New Jersey

“I heard that they needed female drill instructors and my old company commander and my company first sergeant told me that I had the perfect personality for it and I was meant to do this. So they kind of talked me into it. I’m glad I did. It’s a good time and I enjoy training recruits to become Marines.”

Today marks Phase 1 of the Marine Corps’ transition to female Marines doing pull-ups as part of the Physical Fitness Test (PFT). During Phase 1, female Marines will have the option to perform the Flexed Arm Hang (FAH) or pull-ups as part of the PFT.

When Phase 2 begins in 2014, female Marines will be required to do pull-ups and female recruits and candidates will be required to do pull-ups as a graduation requirement.

U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Lindsay Sayres, combat cameraman with 1st Marine Expenditionary Force (Fwd) takes photographs during a site visit by Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, aboard Forward Operating Base Marjah, Afghanistan on Dec. 24, 2010. Amos visited several forward operating bases during the holidays. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Albert J. Carls/Released)

Pfc. Chloe L. Porter, honor graduate for Platoon 4034, Papa Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, graduated Nov. 21, 2012. Porter is also her company’s high shooter, with a rifle score was 323 out of 350. Porter is from Crown Point, Ind.