If Parris Island closes, South Carolina could lose hundreds of millions of dollars, official says.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Parris Island in Beaufort County is home to the Marine Corps’ recruit depot for the East Coast. It’s been accepting recruits since 1915.
According to reports from Military.com, the Marines are considering closing both Parris Island and their West Coast training facility in San Diego to combine them into a new location.
The report says both locations will soon be required to accommodate coed training but would need renovations to do so. The Marines say it might be more cost efficient to shut down and build a new boot camp somewhere else.
But South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster isn’t so fond of the idea. The Governor’s spokesperson Brian Symmes tells News19, “Parris Island’s historic and economic significance is woven into the very fabric of our state and the Lowcountry. Simply put, there