Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

Marine Barracks Washington D.C.
Company A (Alpha Company Ceremonial Marchers), The United States Marine Corps Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon, Company B (Ceremonial Marchers), Body Bearers, Battle Color Detachment, Headquarters and Service Company, Marine Corps Enlisted Aide Program, US Marine Band, Guard Company, US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps
8th & I Streets SE, Washington, D.C. 20390
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Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known as “8th & I” is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks is home to many nationally recognized units, including the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, the Marine Band, the official Marine Corps Color Guard, and the Marine Corps Body Bearers. It is also the site of the Home of the Commandants, which, along with the Barracks, is a registered national historic landmark.

Marine Barracks is established in some of the oldest buildings in Washington. The construction was tightly connected with the president of the United States of America back then – Thomas Jefferson. The president spent a few days riding around with one of his most trusted commandants to find a suitable place for a new installation. The installation was supposed to be in the immediate proximity of the Washington Navy Yard. As soon as the location was picked, George Hadfield was the architect who took this huge responsibility on his shoulders. The installation was established and commissioned in 1801.

It went through some harsh times during the War of 1812, when the British armed forces burnt down Washington. The installation was not affected though. It was taken over and left untouched. The British hoped to turn it into a command post, but they left the country without fulfilling this mission. Most of the original buildings were renovated and rebuilt at the beginning of the 20-th century. These days, there is just one original building left out there – the commandant’s house. Marine Barracks can brag with the oldest government building in Washington, although plenty of historians debate whether the commandant’s house is older than the White House or not. According to some studies, it seems the White House might be one year older.

The facility is more popular in the area when it comes to the objectives with a less obvious military purpose. It is responsible for escorting official funerals of Marines, as well as other officials coming from other armed forces. As for the country functions, the troops on site deal with honor guard during specific ceremonies and parades too. There are two popular parades hosted on site that attract thousands of civilians.

In order to fulfill its mission, Marine Barracks selects and hosts the military troops after strict standards. They must meet the weight and height, while their professional background must be clean. This is because they perform in official ceremonies, parades and funerals. Some of the parades are held with presidential purposes, therefore there is no room for failure.

There are over 1,100 military personnel assigned to Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.



For military personnel reporting for in-processing at Marine Barracks D.C., check in at the Family Readiness Office for more instructions regarding in-processing procedures. Be sure and bring all personnel records including medical and dental records as well as any financial paperwork that needs to be reimbursed along with several copies of your orders. For more information, contact the office at (202) 433-4881. For those military personnel who need temporary lodging, local hotels and motels in the nearby Washington D.C. area offer a variety of temporary accommodations.

The nearest major airport is the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which is located about 3 miles from Marine Barracks Washington D.C. Another major airport is the Washington Dulles International Airport which is located about 22 miles west of D.C.

If arriving by car, go straight toward Airport Exit/I-395. Merge onto Washington Memorial Parkway and then onto I-395 N/US-1 North toward Washington. Keep left to take US-1N via Exit 1 toward the National Mall. The Marine Barracks D.C. will be on your right.

Also, to make commuting easier, northern Virginia has several toll roads and many commuters use an EZ-Pass to cut down on costs and traffic time. You can learn more about how to obtain an EZ-Pass here.


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The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website


For all schools participating in My School DC, an applicant for PK3 must be 3 years old by September 30, an applicant for PK4 must be 4 years old by September 30, and an applicant for Kindergarten must be 5 years old by September 30. In other grades, age cutoffs vary by school.

Virginia’s compulsory attendance law states that all children who are five years old on or before September 30 of the school year must be enrolled in school. This could include public school, private school, a public or private preschool program, a private tutor, or home instruction. 

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 

District of Columbia Public Schools
Prince William County Public Schools

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


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. 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

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

Washington DC Department of Health (202) 442-5955

Child and Family Services Agency (202) 442-6100
The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) is a cabinet-level agency within the District of Columbia government, dedicating itself to the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and families residing in the District.

Humane Rescue Alliance (202) 723-5730
The Humane Rescue Alliance protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. We enrich the humanity of our communities by promoting compassion and encouraging people to find joy, comfort, and companionship through the love and appreciation of animals.

Metropolitan Police Department (202) 727-9099
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is the primary law enforcement agency for the District of Columbia. The MPD has over 4,000 sworn and civilian members serving the city.

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Department of Motor Vehicles

Public Works, Sanitation and Utilities in Washington D.C.

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Adjutant (202) 433-6076  

Battalion Sergeant Major (202) 433-4889  

Commanding Officer (202) 433-4889  

Executive Officer (202) 433-4889  

General Information (202) 433-4173  

Office of Communication (202) 433-4173  

Officer of the Day (202) 345-9492  

Protocol Office/Parade Ticketing (202) 433-4073  

Sergeant of the Guard (202) 433-2258  


Military housing is not available at Marine Barracks MCB Washington. Please see nearby Military Bases in the National Capital Region for on-base and off-base military housing options and availability.

Falls Church, VA
11.3 miles from Marine Barracks

Falls Church is located west of Washington D.C., and has great neighborhoods with single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments for rent. The area offers plenty of shopping, dining, and recreation.

Beverly Hills in Alexandria, VA
9.3 miles from Marine Barracks

This safe and family-friendly neighborhood is made up of beautiful single-family homes that are well-maintained. The surrounding area offers lots of shopping and dining nearby.

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In Washington, D.C., the temperature typically varies from 25°F to 87°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 94°F. However, the summers can be hot and muggy, and the winters can be extremely cold and snowy.

DC experiences four distinct seasons each year. September, June and May are the most pleasant months, while January and February are the coldest. The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 87°F and a low of 66°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 25°F and high of 42°F.

The wetter season lasts 4.8 months, from April 1 to August 28, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The area receives about 43 inches of rain and 16 inches of snow, on average, per year. There are approximately 216 sunny days per year in this area of Maryland.

In Washington, DC, the overall cost of living index is 152, which is equal to the District of Columbia average and 52% higher than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Washington, DC, the city’s goods and services are equal to the District of Columbia average and 23% higher than the U.S. average.

The nation’s capital offers a large variety of places to visit, including museums, historic landmarks, art galleries and memorials. In addition, most of the museums and monuments are free to the public and are popular destinations each year, drawing in millions of visitors. Places to visit include the Lincoln Memorial, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, the newly built Museum of the Bible, the National Harbor, and the Smithsonian Museums.

While there’s no admission charge to enter the 19 museums and galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, they’re merely a fraction of the many free things to do in the area. For example, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is free to the public and is a popular family-friendly attraction located in northwest Washington, D.C.

And, be sure to stop by the Washington National Cathedral, which prominently and majestically stands at the crossroads of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. Tours are available at a minimal cost, and are well-worth your time!

Nestled between sprawling condo corridors and busy commercial strips lie 1,750 acres of forest called Rock Creek Park. One of the largest preserves in the nation. Its 29 miles of hiking trails and ten miles of bridle paths intersect a net of bicycle paths. On weekends, several park roads close to motor vehicles. Its central thoroughfare – Beach Drive – a major commuter cut-through during weekday rush hour, is a quiet route to picnic groves (some with barbecue facilities) and playing fields at other times.

Some other popular points of interest include the National Museum of Natural History, the Jefferson Memorial, Mason Neck State Park, the Washington Memorial, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, and the White House.

For more information about things to do in the area and for a more complete list of attractions and sites to see in Washington, D.C., you can visit this helpful website:

Visit Washington, D.C.

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