Pictured last week is a photo of recruit Vanessa Solt, 18, of Tamaqua, taking part in a rope obstacle course during the first few weeks of boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. The image was taken via Sgt. Jennifer Schubert and posted on the Parris Island Facebook page. Solt is expected to graduate boot camp on January 22, 2016, followed by 29 days of additional combat training (MCT), and then training in her chosen military occupational specialty.
Marines generally hold that their recruit training is the most physically and mentally difficult amongst the Uniformed Services, citing that it is longer than the other branches, requires a more demanding Physical Fitness Test (PFT), that includes a run of 3 miles in less than 28 minutes, 50 or more crunches in 2 minutes and 4 pull ups for males and females do arm hang for more than 30 seconds to earn the minimum score. For a maximum score, male recruits must complete the run in 18 minutes, perform 100 crunches in 2 minutes, and do 20 pull ups. Also all recruits must fit the strictest height and weight standards.
The caption of the photo reads:
Rct. Vanessa M. Solt, Platoon 4002, November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, sidesteps across a rope on a Confidence Course obstacle Nov. 18, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. This obstacle requires recruits to sidestep across a rope without falling into the pond beneath. Solt, 18, from Tamaqua, Pa., is scheduled to graduate Jan. 22, 2016. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for approximately 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.
Source (photographer Marine Corps Sergeant Jennifer Schubert): https://www.facebook.com/ParrisIsland/photos/a.10153258116937444.1073742804.157348267443/10153258117387444/?type=3&permPage=1