Camp Pendleton is located on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County, and bordered by Oceanside to the south, Cleveland National Forest and Orange County to the north, Riverside County to the northeast, and Fallbrook to the east.
Approximately 70,000 people work and live aboard the base. Camp Pendleton provides training facilities for many active-duty and Reserve Marine, Navy and Army units, as well as national, state and local agencies.
The base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a “permanent installation” and by 1946, it became the home of the 1st Marine Division.
The base’s diverse geography, spanning over 125,000 acres, plays host to year-round training for Marines in addition to all other branches of the U.S. military. Amphibious and sea-to-shore training takes place at several key points along the base’s 17 miles of coastline.
The main base is in the Mainside Complex, at the southeastern end of the base, and the remote northern interior is an impact area. Daytime population is around 100,000. Recruits from nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego spend a month on Pendleton’s Edson Range receiving field training; after graduating from recruit training, newly-minted Marines return to the base’s School of Infantry for further training.
Located 42 miles north of San Diego International Airport (Lindbergh Field) and 88 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
All permanent personnel Marines report to the IPAC Inbound Center, Building 13107. A duty is on post 24/7 to receive Marines reporting aboard. For more information, call the IPAC Inbound Center at 760-763-4179 or Duty After Hours at 760-725-4833. Deployment Processing Command/Reserve Support Unit. Marines mobilized as Individual Augmentees should report to S-3, Processing Section, Building 64322. Marines coming to Camp Pendleton on AT, RCT or ADOS orders should report to the Adjutant Office, Building 64385. All others should report directly to the S-3, Building 64322.
All Navy personnel assigned to Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton should report to the officer of the day at the Naval Hospital quarterdeck during and after working hours. Navy personnel assigned to a Marine Corps command aboard Camp Pendleton should report to the appropriate personnel office.
There are over 116,800 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Camp Pendleton.