Marine Recruit Dies at Parris Island
Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, Michigan had only been at Parris Island since March 7. He was assigned to the Recruit Training Regiment. But on March 18, he was pronounced dead, and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is investigating.
The circumstances surrounding his death have not been released, and officials have declined to comment further since the incident is under investigation.
The Washington Post reported
The death occurred during the day at the depot, where about half of the service’s recruits are trained each year, said Capt. Gregory Carroll, a Marine spokesman at the depot. The circumstances of the death were not immediately clear, but it will be examined by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. The recruit was identified Sunday as Raheel Siddiqui, 20, of Taylor, Mich.
Marine boot camp is known for its firm treatment of recruits. There is one depot at Parris Island and one in San Diego, with all women attending training at Parris Island and all men enlisting east of the Mississippi River also going there.
The family has been notified.
“Our most sincere and deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Siddiqui. The Marine Corps is in contact with the family to ensure they receive our support.” Captain Gregory Carroll
Instances of deaths during Marine Corps training are rare, according to the Marine Corps Times. The 13 week boot camp is considered “intense,” but deaths from the training regimen are not common. About 20,000 recruits pass through Parris Island in any given year.
The State wrote,
“… recent deaths at the depot include February 2005 drowning of 19-year-old Jason Tharp, who died after struggling to pass a combat water survival test in a pool. His staff sergeant was later acquitted of negligent homicide.
In September 2006, a new male recruit, whose name was not released, died after participating in an initial strength exam designed to test recruits’ basic physical readiness for training.”