4th recruit training battalion

Sgt. Candice Puente, a drill instructor for Platoon 4011, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, looks over her recruits’ marksmanship data book on the rifle range Feb. 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits use marksmanship data books to keep track of their progress and to adjust their techniques accordingly. Rifle qualification is one of eight requirements recruits must fulfill to become Marines. Puente is a 26-year-old native of El Paso, Texas. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate April 4, 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 Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)

Rct. Christy Franco, 27, guide of Platoon 4017, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, awaits commands from her senior drill instructor during her platoon’s final drill evaluation May 15, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. The guide is the formation’s base in close-order drill. Franco is scheduled to graduate May 24, 2013, and is a native of Palmdale, Calif. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey)