Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login

Once again, Corps plans to ax Recruit Wrap

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Veterans Donate to DU
unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:44 AM
Original message
Once again, Corps plans to ax Recruit Wrap
Once again, Corps plans to ax Recruit Wrap
By Trista Talton - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Dec 7, 2008 11:06:41 EST

Tis the season of giving, but after this Christmas, officials at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C., are ending the decades-old tradition of allowing recruits to take a break from boot camp so they can buy gifts for family and friends back home.

The event is known as Recruit Wrap. During the holidays, the recruits are driven platoon by platoon to the base exchange and allowed a half-hour to an hour to buy their gifts. Volunteers in the surrounding community then wrap the presents and get them ready to ship.

Its been this way, on and off, since 1965, when the event was started as a recruit training regiment initiative. A similar event was once held at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego minus the community volunteers but was canceled at least three years ago.

Recruit Wrap is meant to be a relaxing time when recruits can sing Christmas carols and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. But officials at Parris Island dont think that fits in well with the otherwise arduous curriculum that defines boot camp.

Breaking that training focus for even a few days is a backward step against progress, said depot spokesman 1st Lt. Josiah Nicely. Theres no time built into the schedule for special events such as these, so including it means removing something else.

Rest of article at:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top

Home » Discuss » Topic Forums » Veterans Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators

Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC