Recruit Hospitalized After Fall from Balcony at Parris Island

Drill instructors present their new Marines with Eagle, Globe and Anchors during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. (Photo by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)
Drill instructors present their new Marines with Eagle, Globe and Anchors during the emblem ceremony Sept. 7, 2013, at the Iwo Jima flag raising statue on Parris Island, S.C. (Photo by Lance Cpl. MaryAnn Hill)

Marine officials are investigating after a recruit was hospitalized Friday after a fall from the second story of a building at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Military.com has learned.

In a statement, Parris Island spokesman Capt. Gregory Carroll said the recruit was assigned to Support Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment. He fell from the second story of the base's recruit processing center and was transported to an off-site medical facility, Carroll said.

Neither the condition nor the name of the recruit was released.

The recruit arrived at Parris Island Oct. 24 and had been undergoing initial processing requirements, according to the statement. The fact that he was assigned to Support Battalion means he was still in the receiving process and had not yet begun training.

"The command is currently focused on the recruit's health and is in close coordination with the family," Carroll said.

An investigation has been launched in keeping with standard operating procedures, he said.

It's not yet clear if the recruit's fall was a suicide attempt.

The incident comes seven months after another recruit, 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui, died by suicide after vaulting from the third story of a building at Parris Island's 3rd Recruit Training Battalion. The act was provoked by hazing at the hands of a drill instructor who had previously participated in the mistreatment of another Parris Island recruit, who was also Muslim, according to a wide-ranging investigation released in September.

Some 20 drill instructors and senior leaders may now face punishment for their roles in perpetuating or allowing a years-long culture of hazing within 3rd Recruit Training battalion.

Marine Corps leaders have also set in place a number of new policies aimed at adding supervision to prevent hazing, and recognizing and addressing suicide attempts and ideation at boot camp.

--Hope Hodge Seck can be reached at hope.seck@military.com. Follow her on Twitter at @HopeSeck.

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