September 2, 2019: Brig. Gen. James Glynn, the commanding general of Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Eastern Recruiting Region, addresses families in regards to the mandatory evacuation of the depot due to the potential impact by Hurricane Dorian. The mandatory evacuation is in place starting today at 5 pm and will remain in effect until it is rescinded.
Good afternoon, last evening the South Carolina governor announced the evacuation of the state’s coastal counties, which includes here in Beaufort County. That order has shifted traffic flows such that it is only flowing out of the county. So in concert with the state, we made the decision to evacuate Parris Island and expect to begin feeling the storm’s effects on Wednesday morning. All graduation week activities, including the graduation ceremony of Golf and Papa companies have been canceled. The Marines will have an informal graduation ceremony that will be made available online, and will depart the depot following the ceremony utilizing commercial travel options. For recruits at MCRD Parris Island, preparations are under way to move to Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany, Georgia. They will continue to conduct training there until it’s safe to resume training aboard Parris Island. A mandatory evacuation order for Parris Island is effective at 1700 or five p.m. today. The order authorizes lodging and per diem entitlements to travel to a safe location up to 400 miles away. This entitlement information is the same as provided at our monthly hurricane preparation briefs and is available on our command website. Marines and families should expect the mandatory evacuation order to be terminated after the storm has passed, which is expected to occur Thursday afternoon. All personnel should anticipate returning to the depot by noon on Friday as we return to normal operations. Thank you for your continued patience. As we prepare for the impacts of hurricane Dorian, and information becomes available, we’ll provide updates via our social media platforms.