Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus changes Marine training

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The coronavirus is affecting training at the Marine Corps’ Parris Island Recruit Depot and across the military. And defense leaders say some of the adjustments are proving beneficial and could become permanent. Maj. Gen. James Glynn, commander of Parris Island, says requiring recruits to spend two weeks in quarantine before their training helps them get focused. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the new precautions — including masks, social distancing and the quarantine — have greatly lowered the amount of other respiratory illnesses recruits traditionally get. Esper adds that by breaking the recruits into smaller groups, “they’ve seen a higher level of unity and esprit.”