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Sometimes, due to holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and the Marine Corps Birthday, graduation will be on a Wednesday.
Today, all males recruited from west of the Mississippi River are trained at MCRD San Diego.
The depot is responsible for training more than 16,000 recruits annually.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus last summer said his goal is a collection of uniforms that "don't divide us as male or female, but rather unite us as sailors or Marines." There were learning curves.
For example, the Marine Corps did not provide guidance on ribbon placement for its new female dress blues, so wear testers used the spirit of existing rules to work out the issue as best they could.