Camp Pendleton

1 Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Air Control Squadron-24, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Logistics Group, Marine Aircraft Group 39 and School of Infantry West
20250 Vandegrift Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92058
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ABOUT

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. San Diego is about 40 miles south of Camp Pendleton. ​Established in 1942, Camp Pendleton is one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the United States and was created to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. Today, it is home to several Operating Force units, including the 1 Marine Expeditionary Force and other various training commands.

Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s mission is to operate a training base that promotes the combat readiness of the Operating Forces and the mission of other tenant commands by providing training opportunities, facilities, services and support responsive to the needs of Marines, Sailors and their families.

The expansive base includes two census-designated places (CDP), which include Camp Pendleton North and Camp Pendleton South. Approximately 70,000 people work and live at Camp Pendleton. In addition, this MCB provides training facilities for many active-duty and Reserve Marine, Navy and Army units, as well as national, state and local agencies.

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.

Camp Pendleton is a major training base for reserve units and civilian organizations. In addition to thousands of Marine reservists trained at the School of Infantry, nearly 23,500 reserve personnel work and train via the Mobilization Support Battalion each year. Camp Pendleton hosts training areas, firing ranges, gas chambers, swimming pools, Urban Terrain facilities, rappel towers, and several military occupational specialty schools.

There are over 116,800 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to Camp Pendleton. Approximately 5,000 civilians, 40,000 Marines, and 4,000 Navy personnel are employed by Camp Pendleton.

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ARRIVAL

The San Diego International Airport (SAN) is about 45 miles southeast of Camp Pendleton by car. The Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 88 miles northwest of Camp Pendleton. By car, it can be up to a 2-hour drive, depending upon traffic. The Los Angeles Airport has a USO location in Terminal 2. You can contact them at (619) 296-3192 for more information.

If you will be arriving to Camp Pendleton by car from Los Angeles, take Interstate 5 South towards San Diego. Once you have arrived in Oceanside, take the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit and make a left to the Main Gate of Camp Pendleton.

If you are in need of temporary lodging, contact the South Mesa Lodge at (760) 763-7805 or the Pacific Views Lodge at (760) 763-7805. You may also visit this site for more information about lodging.

Camp Pendleton has eight different access points. The Main, San Luis Rey, Las Pulgas, San Onofre and DeLuz Gates are all open 24 hours every day of the week. The other gates have limited hours.

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.

If you will be reporting after hours, call (760) 725-6662 to make arrangements prior to your arrival.

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.

The majority of people who live off base prefer to use their own car and commute to Camp Pendleton. The Oceanside Transit Center, usually referred to as simply Oceanside, is a major railway interchange in Oceanside, serving commuters in the area. This page will provide you with more information about metro service in the area. Also, the North County Transit District provides public transportation in North San Diego County. Interstate 5 runs the entire length of Camp Pendleton along the base to the east.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
  

School districts in California must admit children at the beginning of the school year (or whenever they move into a district) if they will be five years of age on or before September 1. Children who are age-eligible for kindergarten may attend any pre-kindergarten summer program maintained by the school district.

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

The schools in the area are held to DoD standards and are considered 80/20 schools, which means that 80% of the student population is military or DoD related. The other 20% are civilians, who reside in the communities around Camp Pendleton. Camp Pendleton has five elementary schools. Middle and high school students attend school off base. Generally, the schools located on the north side of base are rated higher than the ones on the south and east side.

School districts for Camp Pendleton residents:
Oceanside School District
Capistrano Unified School District (949) 234-9200
Fallbrook Union High School District (760) 723-6332

School districts in the area:
Bonsall Union School District
Carlsbad Unified School District
Encinitas Union School District
Murrieta Valley Unified School District
San Dieguito Unified School District
Temecula Valley Unified School District
Vallecitos School District
Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
 
 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
  

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too. 

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When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services. 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

The City of Oceanside, California

Oceanside City Services

San Diego County

Marine Corps Community Services Camp Pendleton
This helpful site provides information about Marine and Family Programs, lodging, shopping, recreation and services at Camp Pendleton.

San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Oceanside Campus – San Diego Humane Society (619) 299-7012

San Diego County Library
Oceanside Public Library (760) 435-5600

DMV Office in Oceanside, California (800) 777-0133

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (760) 725-1288

 

If you are living in Oceanside, this page will provide information about utility services in the area.

Utility Services in the area:
Oceanside Water Department (760) 435-3900
Waste Management Customer Service (760) 439-2824
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE)

Local Internet and service providers in the area:
AT&T
Cox
DIRECTV
EarthLink
HughesNet
Viasat

Base Operator (760) 725-4111  

11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (760) 763-8273  

15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (760) 277-7997  

1st Marine Division (760) 725-6573  

1st Marine Logistics Group (760) 725-5844  

1 Marine Expeditionary Force (760) 763-7039 

Billeting Office (760) 430-4703  

Chaplain (760) 725-4700  

Child, Youth & School Services (760) 763-7385  

Commissary (Main Gate) (760) 430-1701  

Commissary (San Onofre) (760) 725-7136  

Dental Clinic (866) 980-8989  

Distribution Management Office (DMO) (760) 725-8177  

EFMP Family Support (760) 725-5363  

Exchange – Retail Offices (760) 725-6233  

Finance Office (760) 763-7100  

Hospital Information (760) 725-1288  

Housing Office (760) 725-5995  

Legal Services/JAG (760) 725-6558  

Marine Corps Relief Society (760) 725-5337  

Military Clothing Sales (760) 725-7493  

Pacific Views Lodge (760) 763-7805  

Pass & ID Section (JRC) (760) 725-2106  

Pass & ID Section (Main Gate) (760) 725-2768  

Pass & ID Section (San Onofre) (760) 725-6471  

Relocation Assistance (760) 725-6090  

School Liaison Officer (760) 763-7386  

Single Barracks (760) 725-5171  

Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255  

Temporary Lodging (760) 725-5304  

Veterinary Services (760) 725-3439  

Victim Advocates/Counseling Services (760) 725-9051  

Ward Lodge (760) 725-5304  

Welcome/Visitors’ Center (760) 725-6662  

Women, Infants & Children (800) 951-5600  

Housing

Camp Pendleton currently has 20 housing areas with over 7,500 on-base housing units serving more than 17,000 military family members. Waiting periods vary throughout the year and may vary according to rank, family size, and area requirements. For more information call the main housing office at (760) 725-5995, or contact Lincoln Military Housing at (760) 430-5000. Additionally, you can visit this page to learn more about housing options at Camp Pendleton. Or, visit the Lincoln Military Housing site to learn more about housing availability.

It also might be important to note that the average home price in Oceanside is nearly $500,000, which is well above the national average. Local apartment rental prices range from about $900 to $1,500 per month. Needless to say, housing is expensive in the area.

Lincoln Military Housing
Mesa District Phone: (760) 385-5319
Del Mar District Phone: (760) 430-0040
Mountain District Phone: (760) 430-8476
San Onofre District Phone: (949) 940-9178
Stuart Mesa District Phone: (760) 430-0694

Hunt PPV Housing
DeLuz District Phone: (760) 385-4835

If you choose to find housing outside of Camp Pendleton, there are many options in the area of Oceanside, San Clemente, Vista, Encinitas, and Fallbrook. Considering areas like Murrieta and Winchester may offer you a wider range of newer neighborhoods and subdivisions with more reasonably priced homes.

Breeze Hill in Oceanside
8.1 miles from Camp Pendleton

This family-friendly neighborhood has quick access to major roads, offers plenty of shopping nearby, and is near a water park.

Olive Hill in Fallbrook
4.2 miles from the Fallbrook Gate at Camp Pendleton

The Fallbrook Gate (24/7) at Camp Pendleton is just minutes from this neighborhood, which offers lots of housing, shopping and amenities nearby.

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Community

Oceanside has sunny days, low humidity and an average temperature that ranges from 52 to72 degrees year-round, making it the most comfortable weather in southern California. The average rainfall is 10.93 inches each year. The rainy season is during the winter, while the rest of the year is typically sunny, dry and breezy.

The warmest months are from June to September, with the average high being around 73° F. December is typically the coldest month of the year with an average temperature of 55° F. The average high temperatures range from 64 °F to 77 °F, while the average low temperatures range from 45 °F to 64 °F. Oceanside’s weather, being much like the rest of the San Diego coastal area, offers the perfect climate for the outdoor enthusiast.

Compared to the state average of California the cost of living index in Oceanside, CA is 135, which is 3% lower than the average in California and compared to the national average it is 35% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Oceanside, CA goods and services come in at 6% lower than the average in California and are 3% higher than compared to the nationwide average.

Just south of Camp Pendleton is the city of Oceanside, situated on 3 miles of sandy beaches, with an ideal mix of urban and rural environments, blessed with almost perfect year-round weather. Oceanside is the third-largest city in San Diego County, with a population of about 176,000. Surrounded by beautiful beach cities like Oceanside, San Clemente, Fallbrook, and others, there is much to see, do, and explore in the area around Camp Pendleton.

Oceanside Harbor, a man-made facility, is one of the best in Southern California and considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country. At 1,942 feet, the Oceanside Pier, first built in 1888, is the longest wooden piers on the western United States coastline.

Area residents have access to numerous golf courses, parks, tennis courts and biking trails, as well as facilities for volleyball, basketball and softball. Oceanside Harbor is a mecca for sport fishing, whale watching, boating and other water-oriented activities. For shopping, Cape Cod Village provides many unique shops and restaurants.

Oceanside offers many museums and sites to see in the area, including the Mission San Luis Rey, which is one of the oldest buildings in California. Some popular museums include the California Surf Museum, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and the popular Temecula Children’s MuseumSan Diego offers additional museums: the USS Midway Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, the San Diego Zoo, and Sea World San Diego.

If you want to enjoy the outdoors, Camp Pendleton and the surrounding areas have some wonderful parks and beaches that you will not want to miss. The 25,000-acre Cuyamaca Rancho State Park has the second highest point in San Diego County. With hundreds of miles of hiking trails, this beautiful park offers its visitors breathtaking views of southern California’s landscape. 

Some of the local festivals and events in the area include the Carlsbad Village Faire, the Fallbrook Avocado Festival, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, the Miramar Air ShowComic-Con in San Diego, and the San Diego Black Film Festival.

For a list of all of the local attractions and things to do in Oceanside, you can visit this page: Visit Oceanside.

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