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Rct. Andrew Cabrera, Platoon 1029, Delta Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, looks through his weapon’s sights March 18, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits aim their unloaded weapons at a white barrel painted with targets that replicate what they will see at various distances. Recruits spent numerous hours each day practicing marksmanship fundamentals. Cabrera, a 19-year-old from Garnerville, N.Y., is scheduled to graduate May 2, 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. Octavia Davis)

Recruits of Platoon 4028, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, practice the kneeling position during marksmanship training July 18, 2013, on Parris Island, S.C. Primary marksmanship instructors train recruits for five days on the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship, firing positions and rifle range commands. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate Aug. 30, 2013. 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 for females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. David Bessey

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 basically training 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.

Sgt. Mallory Ortiz
November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion
Joined Marine Corps in April 2008
Became a DI in March 2013
Military Occupational Specialty: Ammunition Technician
Hometown: Medford, Mass.

“Based on my experiences in the Marine Corps, I wanted to be a part of shaping the new generation of female Marines. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be selfless every single second of every single minute of every single day to train these recruits to become United States Marines.”

(Photo by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)