Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
First Recruit Training Battalion, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment Headquarters, Second Recruit Training Battalion, Support Battalion, Third Recruit Training Battalion, Weapons & Field Training Battalion
The Marine Corps Base at San Diego is surrounded by evidence of the Spanish heritage of southern California. The picturesque architecture may be seen – not only in the city – but also in the permanent buildings of today’s Marine Corps Recruit Depot. This is a natural consequence of the fact that California was a Spanish possession for nearly three centuries.
After World War II, the principal activity on the Marine Corps Base proper was that of the recruit depot. Official cognizance was taken of this fact in the form of re-designation of the base, effective January 1, 1948, as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.
The Depot’s primary function is to take quality young men from the western two-thirds of the United States and transform them through the foundations of rigorous basic training, our shared legacy, and a commitment to our Core Values, preparing them to win our Nation’s battles in service to the country.
Home to Drill Instructor School, which teaches sergeants, staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants what it takes to make a Marine, the MCRD is also home to Recruiters School, which teaches noncommissioned officers and staff NCOs how to find America’s best and brightest and bring them into our ranks.
There are over 7,700 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCRD San Diego.
There are designated exits ramps on Pacific Highway – north and southbound – which will take you directly to Gate 4, which is the main gate of the Main Gate of the Depot. It is advised that you reduce speed, move over to the right-most traffic lane, and watch for the MCRD and Command Museum signs as you approach the exit ramps to the base. On Thursdays and Fridays, which are Graduation Activities Days, access to the base is structured. Service members and civilian employees are encouraged to enter through Gate 4 (Pacific Highway) or Gate 2 (Barnett Avenue), and the general public will be directed to enter via Gate 5 (Washington Street).
All personnel checking in to MCRD San Diego must report to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC), Building 622, Room 129. All check-ins must be in the Service “A” uniform throughout the check-in process. If you arrive after working hours or on the weekend, report to the Staff Duty Office, Building 31 (lower level across from Room 117). The Staff Duty Office phone number is (619) 524-8700.
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/.
There are no Department of Defense schools aboard MCAS Miramar or any of the San Diego Naval bases. The closest school districts are the San Diego Unified and Poway Unified School districts. Students residing aboard MCAS Miramar will attend school in Mira Mesa from kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information, call San Diego Unified at (619) 725-5578 or Poway Unified Learning Support Service at (858) 521-2800.
There are a variety of religious and nonsectarian private schools in all communities. For a list of private schools, call the Office of Education at (858) 292-3500 or write to:
Office of Education
San Diego County
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111-7399
The majority of the public schools in the city are served by the San Diego Unified School District, the second-largest school district in California, which includes 11 K–8 schools, 107 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 13 atypical and alternative schools, 28 high schools, and 45 charter schools.
Several adjacent school districts which are headquartered outside the city limits serve some schools within the city; these include the Poway Unified School District, Del Mar Union School District, San Dieguito Union High School District, and Sweetwater Union High School District. In addition, there are a number of private schools in the city.
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.
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.
San Diego County Department of Human Resources (619) 236-2191
We are committed to provide and retain a skilled, adaptable, and diverse workforce for County departments so they may deliver superior services to the residents and visitors of the County of San Diego.
Child and Family Services (877) 792-KIDS (5437)
California State Highway Patrol (760) 255-5900
San Diego Humane Society (619) 299-7012
DMV Office in San Diego, California (800) 777-0133
Utility Services in the area:
Water is supplied to residents by the Water Department of the City of San Diego. The city receives most of its water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Gas and electric utilities are provided by San Diego Gas & Electric, a division of Sempra Energy.
Local Internet and service providers in the area:
Base Operator (619) 524-1011
Barracks (619) 524-1947
Chaplain (619) 524-8820
Civilian Personnel Office (619) 524-6918
Dental Headquarters (619) 524-4009
Education Center (619) 524-8158
EFMP Family Support (619) 524-8030
EFMP Enrollment (619) 524-8031
Exchange (619) 297-2500
Family Advocacy Program (619) 524-0465
Family Center (619) 524-5732
Family Child Care Homes (619) 556-7394
Family Readiness Center (619) 524-5728
Hospital Main (619) 524-1565
Housing Services Office (619) 556-8443
ID/CAC Card Processing (619) 524-8741
Information and Referral (619) 524-5732
Legal Services/JAG (619) 524-4110
NAF Human Resources Officer (619) 725-6226
School Liaison Program (619) 524-8032
Staff Duty Office (619) 524-8700
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255
Temporary Lodging/Billeting (619) 524-4401
Transition Readiness (619) 524-8440
Welcome Center (619) 524-6038
Military housing at MCRD San Diego consists of 9,135 homes within 48 communities in the San Diego area and serves several military facilities.
It is managed by Lincoln Military Housing, they can be reached at (858) 300-7493. In addition, you may contact the MCRD San Diego Housing office for relocation assistance at (619) 524-5298.
1.9 miles from MCRD
Mission Hills is centrally located between Hillcrest and Old Town. There are many dining, shopping, and amenties close by.
7.2 miles from MCRD
Canyon View is a beautiful community in the suburb of Tierrasanta with nice homes and plenty of shopping and schools nearby.
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San Diego is known for its year-round moderate climate characterized by war, dry summers and mild winters. Most of the annual precipitation occurs between December and March, bringing in about 11 inches of rain each year. On average, San Diego has 201 days, which are above 70° F, making it a comfortable place to live with low humidity.
Frequently, particularly during the “May gray/June gloom” period, a thick “marine layer” cloud cover keeps the air cool and damp within a few miles of the coast, but yields to bright cloudless sunshine approximately 5–10 miles inland. Sometimes the June gloom lasts into July, causing cloudy skies over most of San Diego for the entire day.
The average temperature varies between 46°F to 82°F and hardly ever goes below 39°F or above 91°F. The most comfortable months are from early June to early October. 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.
MCRD San Diego is located in the city of San Diego, CA in San Diego County. The base has recreational facilities and community centers available for service members and their families to enjoy. As California’s second largest city, San Diego is renowned for its ideal climate, miles of pristine beaches, a host of world-class golf courses and a dazzling array of family attractions.
The economy of San Diego is influenced by its deepwater port, which includes the only major submarine and shipbuilding yards on the West Coast. In addition, the city hosts the largest naval fleet in the world. There are also many military bases in San Diego and the surrounding areas, including: Naval Base San Diego, MCB Camp Pendleton, and MCRD San Diego.
Balboa Park is an area that plays home to 15 museums, several performing arts and international culture organizations, plus the San Diego Zoo. Balboa Park is renowned for the horticultural treasures abound full of brilliant displays of seasonal flowers, themed gardens, rare exotic plants species, and shady groves of trees. You can also see the architecture that was created for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition and the 1934-1936 California Pacific International Exposition and the classic carousel that was built in 1910 which still plays the brass ring game.
Some other points of interest in the area include: 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, Legoland, and SeaWorld San Diego.
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