In the wake of the death of a recruit and the related firing of the two top leaders of Recruit Training Regiment at the Marines‘ East Coast boot camp, officers are undergoing new training on rules and procedures to head off future problems.

A spokesman for Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina, Capt. Gregory Carroll, said the March 18 death of 20-year-old recruit Raheel Siddiqui prompted a review of policies and procedures and spurred retraining of Parris Island personnel.

Col. Paul Cucinotta, the commanding officer of Recruit Training Regiment, and Sgt. Maj. Nicholas Dabreau, the unit’s top enlisted leader, were both relieved June 6. Officials said the two leaders were removed when an investigation related to Siddiqui’s death revealed that policies and procedures were not being properly followed.

“Leadership aboard Parris Island has engaged the officers and enlisted assigned to Recruit Training Regiment through various means to re-emphasize the importance for understanding and following established policies and procedures,” Carroll told “These engagements have included but are not limited to group discussions, additional training and further evaluation of Marines entrusted with transforming recruits.”


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