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MCRD 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
4025 Tripoli Avenue, San Diego, CA 92140

San Diego MCRD

MCRD San Diego is located in the southern-most major metropolitan area of California – approximately 125 miles south of Los Angeles and 20 miles north of the Mexico border.


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.


The depot is home to Drill Instructor School – which teaches sergeants, staff sergeants and gunnery sergeants what it takes to make Marines. It is also home to Recruiters School – which teaches noncommissioned officers and staff NCO’s how to find America’s best and brightest and bring them into our ranks.

Arriving at MCRD San Diego
The closest airport is Lindbergh International Airport located approximately 2-3 miles from base. The base is located just north of the perimeter of the airport.


Directions from Lindbergh International Airport:
MCRD San Diego is located on the west side of Interstate 5 (I-5) and Pacific Highway (which parallels I-5) – both of which run north/south. Heading south, take the Old Town Avenue exit, then turn right at the stop sign onto Witherby – and proceed for approximately 2 blocks (under Pacific Highway overpass)until you arrive at the main gate.


There are designated exits ramps on Pacific Highway – north and southbound – which will take you directly to Gate 4 – 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 – 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), 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 DSN 312-524-8700 or 619-524-8700.

Base Population
There are over 7,700 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCRD San Diego.