Marine Recruit Dies at Parris Island -- the Second Death in 3 Months

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Recruits repeat the oath of enlistment at Parris Island
Recruits repeat the oath of enlistment, June 25, 2016, on Parris Island, S.C. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Vanessa Austin)

Editor's Note: After this article was published the Marine Corps released the name of the recruit who died. He was Pvt. Anthony Munoz of Lawrence, Mass.

The body of a Marine recruit was found early Tuesday morning at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, according to service and local officials.

The body was found around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, apparently having fallen from a balcony, Beaufort County Coroner David Ott told Military.com. The recruit had been with the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment.

It is the second recruit death at Parris Island in three months. Another aspiring Marine died at the beginning of June while going through the culminating event of recruit training, known as the "Crucible."

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The death from a fall earlier this week echoed a 2016 scandal that made national headlines, when 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui died after apparently jumping from the third-floor stairwell of a barracks building just days after arriving at Parris Island. Siddiqui's death led to an investigation that uncovered hazing by drill instructors that resulted in firings and prosecutions. The family has steadfastly disputed the classification of Siddiqui's death as a suicide.

While deaths at recruit training facilities are rare, hazing in the military continues to be an issue, according to an annual report that Military.com obtained via a public-records request earlier this year. The data in the report shows that almost 90% of hazing claims made across the military in fiscal 2018 occurred in the Marine Corps. That year, 256 of the 291 total hazing complaints were made against Marines; of those, almost 90% were substantiated.

The name and other biographical details of the recruit who died Tuesday have not been released by the Marine Corps. Officials said they were still notifying the recruit's next of kin.

A spokesman for the branch said that the incident is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

-- Konstantin Toropin can be reached at konstantin.toropin@military.com. Follow him on Twitter @ktoropin.

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