South Carolina governor promises to keep Parris Island open


Female Marines go through one of the obstacles in the so-called confidence course at Parris Island Recruit Depot, S.,C., on May 27, 2020, that is designed to make them face their fears and gain confidence. In ways big and small, the virus is impacting training at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island Recruit Depot and across the military. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s governor is promising to do whatever the Marines need to keep open the training base at Parris Island.

Marine Commandant Gen. David Berger stunned the military-boosting state last week when he suggested closing Parris Island and the Marines’ other base in San Diego and building a new base that could train men and women alongside each other.

The Marines are on a deadline to begin training men and women together.

Berger made the comment in a story posted on, but the Marines have stressed no decision has been made.

Gov. Henry McMaster met with commanders from every military installation in the state Thursday, and promised to give the Marines anything they need to support their mission.

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