Post-graduation leave reinstated for new Marines

From staff reports 

According to a post on MCRD Parris Island’s Facebook page, Lt. Gen. Kevin Iiams, the commanding general of Training and Education Command, has made the decision to reinstate the 10 days of leave for all Marines following their graduation of recruit training. 

The 10 days of leave had been a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic since March of 2020. 

Beginning Oct. 29, all graduating Marines from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will be able to execute a 10-day leave period before checking into the School of Infantry-East. 

For those who graduated before Oct. 29, they will have 10 days of leave they can take at some point in the future. 

Here are some key takeaways for the boot leave process: 

All graduating Marines will have travel arrangements made before leaving MCRD Parris Island for getting to the School of Infantry-East in Jacksonville, N.C. 

All Marines will be traveling with orders and will have a designated date on their orders for reporting in to the School of Infantry-East. 

Graduating Marines will be able to coordinate their travel leaving MCRD Parris Island to align with the travel arrangements of their families. Example being if a Marine’s family was going to be driving to graduation, the Marine would be able to align his travel plans to ride home with his family. Additionally if a Marine’s family was flying home from graduation, the Marine would be able to try and arrange for travel on the same flight. 

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