​Parris Island Recruit Dies During Boot Camp At Marine’s South Carolina Training Depot

Marine recruits at the Parris Island training depot in South Carolina.
Author: Michael StevensBy:
Staff Reporter
Mar. 21, 2016

A Parris Island recruit died last week during boot camp at the Marine Corps South Carolina’s training depot. Capt. Greg Carroll identified the deceased as Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, Mich., according to a statement released Sunday.

Carroll said Siddiqui had died Friday, just eleven days after he had arrived at Parris Island. He declined to provide further details about Siddiqui’s death, except to say that the matter was being examined by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Before enlisting for basic training, Siddiqui was enrolled at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, school officials confirmed. Ken Kettenbeil, vice chancellor of external relations at U-M-Dearborn said Siddiqui was enrolled in classes during the winter 2015 semester.

The Parris Island recruit who died is the fourth person to meet the same fate since 2005, according to The Marine Corps Times. In February of that year, 19-year-old recruit Jason Tharp drowned after struggling to pass a combat water survival test. A staff sergeant was later acquitted of negligent homicide.

Each year about 19,000 recruits come to Parris Island for 12 weeks of training.

More recently, another Parris Island recruit died after a physical fitness test in 2006 and a drill instructor was found dead in 2014.

All female Marine recruits and male recruits who live east of the Mississippi River attend boot camp at Parris Island, The Marine Corps Times reported. The training site hosts about 20,000 recruits each year who begin their Marine careers with a 13-week boot camp.

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