The US Marine Corps announced Monday that it was “temporarily suspending the delivery of new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina,” where approximately 50% of recruited Marines receive basic training due to coronavirus concerns.
According to a Marine Corps official, there were a significant number of Covid 19 cases on Paris Island.
“In the midst of the national emergency caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Marine Corps is taking precautionary measures to protect its recruits, recruiting training personnel, their families and the communities in which they live and serve, by temporarily suspending shipping will be transferred from new recruits to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, “the Marines said in a statement.
“Recruitment training for people who are already in the depot will continue as planned, with a focus on personal and environmental cleanliness and social distance,” added the statement.
Registered training courses are also held at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. At this point, no announcement about the training was made.
With the interruption of training on the island of Paris, this includes basic training for all female marines.
“Preserving our Marines, recruits and their families is a top priority for recruiting the Marine Corps during this national emergency,” General David H. Berger, Commandant of the Marine Corps, said in the statement on Monday.
“With that in mind, we stopped shipping new recruits to Parris Island this week and will revise our overall shipping schedule to ensure that we can serve the nation’s needs while protecting the next generation of Marines,” he added.