The Marine Corps says a drill instructor is responsible for the slogan "kill, rape, pillage, burn" used by a group of recruits during basic training at Parris Island, S.C.
"This is not a normal occurrence, and I would consider this an isolated incident," Capt. J.R. Mill, public affairs officer at Parris Island, said Tuesday.The investigation began after Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., received a photograph of a recently graduated platoon that showed recruits holding a sign with the slogan and a skull and crossbones.
Another sign in the picture showed a naked woman.
Mill said the signs "were done in bad taste, which represents neither the policy nor the philosophy of this command or the United States Marine Corps and we are taking corrective action concerning this situation."
He said the signs "were made under the supervision of a drill instructor."
"It's outrageous. The Marines ought to be ashamed," said McCain, a highly decorated retired Navy captain who spent 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam.