Sgt. Michael Nygaard, a drill instructor for Platoon 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, orders his recruits to move with intensity during an incentive training session March 26, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C.
Discipline, defined as the instant and willing obedience to all orders, respect for authority and self-reliance, is a key trait drill instructors like Nygaard, 29, from Cape Coral, must instill in recruits.
India Company is scheduled to graduate June 13, 2014.
Photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink
Sgt. Michael Nygaard is a drill instructor for Platoon 3044, India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion.
Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 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 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.