Parris Island personnel cannot inform you of the mailing status of a graduation packet or re-issue one.

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All recruits are issued a graduation packet with the battalion commander’s graduation invitation letter sometime around week 9 of their 12-week training cycle.

But please note, it is the recruits themselves who decide where they mail their graduation packets.

But it will likely be years until the Navy has a woman in one of these elite units. Tim Szymanski, head of Naval Special Warfare Command, which includes the elite SEALs and other Navy special operations units, noted that the enlisted training pipeline for SEALs is two-and-a-half years from start to end, meaning a female applicant who began the process now wouldn't join a team until nearly 2020. To date, one female officer in a support military occupational specialty has completed the training process and will likely join the unit by the end of March, said Lt. Kenneth Tovo, commander of Army Special Operations Command.

And that assumes that she makes it through the infamously grueling Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. In other previously closed Army special operations elements, he said, two enlisted women have attempted special operations assessment and selection but haven't made it through.

Visitors should stop by the Douglas Visitors' Center upon arrival to check in.

In order to allow time to identify which recruits have family or visitors waiting to see them, please sign in before a.m.

One, who was dropped due to injury and not to failure to meet standards, is likely to reattempt the process, Tovo said.

Two female officers are also expected to begin assessment and selection in the "near future," he said. "The day we got the word that SF and rangers were available to women, our recruiting battalion that actually works for recruit command sent an email to every eligible woman, notifying them of the opportunity and soliciting their volunteerism.

So if you have just stared dating a marine or are thinking of dating one, here are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Know the Marine Corps Your marine boy/girlfriend is part of the US Marine Corps which like the US Army, US Navy and US Air Force function under the Department of Defense.

However the marines are different from other service personnel by being are mobile, lightweight and very rapid. Marines are trained to attack from the water and establish a beach head, an area of control on foreign soil.