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Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Lodging

There are a few of lodging options for Marines and their families near the USMC Recruit Depot San Diego.

For single Marines, you’ll probably want to contact MCRD’s San Diego Billeting and Housing. Their whole mission is to provide nice housing options for single enlisted Marines. They maintain furnished places, so it’s easy for Marines to move in with basic necessities already taken care of.

Families of graduating recruits should also contact the MCRD San Diego Billeting and Housing organization, because they also provide options for families visiting for graduation as well.

Room rates vary depending on whether you are enlisted or an officer and of course, what type of room and the number of occupants expected to stay in it…but generally prices range from $14-$50 for enlisted Marines and $25-$45 for officers. Enlisted and officers do have different types of rooms.

There are also plenty of hotels and inns in the area for family members and guests. MCRD San Diego is located in the northwest area of downtown area of San Diego.

Hotels Near MCRD San Diego

The following hotels near Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego area are all within a mile. These are not hotel recommendations, just information for Marine recruit families who may be looking for some places to stay in the area while they are in town for their loved one’s graduation ceremony from boot camp.

La Quinta Inn San Diego Old Town

.62 miles from MCRD SD

2380 Moore Street
San Diego, CA 92113

Mission Inn Old Town San Diego

.65 miles from MCRD SD

3900 Old Town Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110

Western Inn Old Town San Diego

.66 miles from MCRD SD

3889 Arista Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Courtyard San Diego Old Town

.7 miles from MCRD SD

2435 Jefferson Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Holiday Inn Express San Diego Airport – Old Town

.73 miles from MCRD SD

1955 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110

Days Inn Sea World-Airport

.77 miles from MCRD SD

3350 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Howard Johnson Inn – San Diego Sea World

.77 miles from MCRD SD

3330 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Super 8 Motel – San Diego/Sea World

.77 miles from MCRD SD

3275 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Americas Best Value Inn Loma Lodge

.82 miles from MCRD SD

3202 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Best Western Plus Hacienda Suites-Old Town

.9 miles from MCRD SD

4041 Harney Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

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About Recruit Training at MCRD San Diego

Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego is one of two recruit training depots for enlisted Marines. Recruits training includes: morals and ethics, physical training, leadership skills, martial arts, close order drill, bayonet training, pugil sticks, academics, gas mask training, rapelling, combat water survival, marksmanship, basic warrior training and more.

Commanding General Brigadier General Daniel D. Yoo

Brigadier General Yoo, Commanding General of MCRD San Diego, graduated from Arizona State U. in 1984. He completed Office Candidate School, The Basic School and the Infantry Officers Course before reporting to the 1st Marine Division, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander, Commander, Weapons Company Executive Officer, and a Rifle Company Commander. View the rest of his distinguished career here.

  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star Medal with Gold Star
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star
  • Joint Achievement Medal
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Combat Action Ribbon

Sergeant Major Sylvester D. Daniels

Sergeant Major Sylvester D. Daniels enlisted in the Marine Reserves in 1982. After boot camp, he attended Infantry Training School and was assigned the MOS 0341 Mortarman. In 1985, he was reassigned as a recruiter. He participated in Operation Desert Shield as a Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, and Platoon Commander with Weapons Co. Later, he attended Drill Instructor School and rose to the rank of Senior Drill Instructor. Read more about Sergeant Major Sylvester D. Daniels here.

  • Legion of Merit
  • Bronze Star with Combat “V”
  • Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars and Combat “V”
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars
  • Combat Action Ribbon

MCCS MCRD San Diego

MCCS MCRD San Diego

The Marine Corps Community Services at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego is tasked with providing Marines and their families with quality of life services. The MCCS runs all sorts of services and programs that aid families by making life a little easier. The MCCS tries to provide recreation, dining, the Marine Corps Exchange, family services, the family readiness division and more.

MCCS MCRD Jobs

A lot of family members of Marines or people that live in San Diego look to apply for work at the MCCS partly because they want to be involved in the Marine Corps community and partly because the benefits are great. There are a few different ways that interested applicants can apply for a job through MCCS:

You can mail or drop off your resume off at this address:
MCCS Human Resources Office
3800 Chosin Avenue, San Diego, CA 92140-519
Building 5 West
Phone number: 619.725.6226
Fax number: 619.725.6233

MCCS MCRD Benefits

  • Shopping
  • Fitness Center
  • Recreation Center
  • Dry Cleaning, Laundry and Tailor
  • Watch and Jewelry Repair
  • Personal Financial Management
  • Credit Union
  • Tuition Assistance
  • 401k Benefits

MCRD San Diego Address & Driving Directions

Directions to Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Address

The San Diego Recruit Depot’s address is slightly northwest of downtown San Diego and north of the Airport, Lindbergh Field. There are two entrances gates. Gate 4 (the “Main Gate”) and Gate 2.

Entering USMC Recruit Depot San Diego from the North

To MCRD’s Gate 2: Drive south on Interstate 5. Take the Rosecrans exit. Continue on Rosecrans to Midway Drive (third light). Turn left onto Midway Drive and continue to the second traffic light (Barnett Street). Turn right onto Barnett – go to the first traffic light and turn left into Gate 2. To MCRD’s Gate 4: Take Interstate 5 South to the Old Town Avenue exit (the second exit after Rosecrans exit). At the stop sign, continue straight 1/2 block to yield sign, turn right onto Witherby Street. Follow signs another 1/2 block to Gate 4.

Driving Directions to USMC Recruit Depot San Diego from the South

To MCRD’s Gate 2: Take Pacific Highway exit; stay in the left lane. Take Barnett Street turnoff and travel west past the Midway Drive intersection. At the next traffic light, turn left to enter Gate 2. To MCRD’s Gate 4: Take I-5 North to Pacific Highway; stay in the right lane for 1/8 mile, exit right at large MCRD sign (caution: tight circular turn), go under Pacific Highway. Follow signs 1/2 block to Gate 4.

Driving Directions to the Marine Recruit Depot San Diego from the East

To MCRD’s Gate 2: Drive Interstate 8 West to Rosecrans exit. Turn left at Midway Drive. Follow directions above (from the North). To MCRD’s Gate 4: Drive Interstate 8 to Interstate 5 South. Take the Old Town Avenue exit (first exit after entering I-5 South). Follow directions above (from the North).

Get to the USMC Recruit Depot San Diego Address From the West (Point Loma)

To MCRD’s Gate 2: From Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, travel east on Lytton Street. At second traffic light, turn right into Gate 2. To MCRD’s Gate 4: From Rosecrans Street in Point Loma, use the directions above. Drive past Gate 2 and continue east on Barnett. Stay in right lane and watch for immediate right turn exit (caution: quick exit) which will take you to Gate 4.

MCRD San Diego Info

USMC Recruit Depot San Diego (MCRD San Diego) is one of two training locations for enlisted Marines entering boot camp. The San Diego training facility is where most men who live west of the Mississippi attend boot camp. All enlisted female Marines are trained at the Parris Island Depot in South Carolina.

Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego

Photo credit: Randy

The San Diego Recruit Depot is 388 acres shared by Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Gaurd personnel.

MCRD is northwest of downtown San Diego and north of the San Diego International Airport, Lindbergh Field. There are two entrances (gates) to MCRD, Gate 2 and Gate 4 (Main Gate) (The Marine Corps Exchange is nearest to Gate 4.)

Recruit training between Parris Island and San Diego is nearly identical except for a few minor differences. One of those differences is that San Diego Marines must leave the depot to complete field training at Camp Pendleton. They’ll complete field training, the rifle range, and the Crucible at Pendleton and will go back to the San Diego Depot for graduation.

Around 2005, Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego was under consideration for closure with the idea that recruit training could all be completed at the Parris Island, South Carolina recruit depot. This idea did not pass for several reasons, including the fact that it would cost too much to renovate Parris Island, it would pose a major problem if Parris Island suffered from a Hurricane or other disaster, and the parade deck of the San Diego Depot serves as a memorial to veterans of previous wars.

San Diego Training Schedule

This training schedule is based largely on the training schedule posted at the Parris Island recruit depot web site. The training is almost exactly the same, except the days themselves may change slightly. At both recruit training facilities, Parris Island and San Diego, future Marines undergo some of the country’s most strenuous military training over 3 months. USMC recruits are challenged and grow through a training process that is divided into three training phases.

The first few days are reserved for what is called “processing”. Processing consists of a Welcome Aboard speech, recruits are issued uniform clothing and gear, they complete a medical screening, perform an Initial Strength Test (IST) and meet the Drill Instructors that will challenge and guide them throughout their training.

Phase 1

weeks 1-4

Topics for training in this phase include:

  • Military & Marine Corps history
  • Military & Marine Corps Customs and Courtesies
  • Basic First Aid
  • Marine Corps Uniform Standards and Care
  • Marine Corps Leadership
  • USMC Core Values
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat Techniques through the Marine Corps Marts Arts Program (MCMAP)

Phase 2

weeks 5-8

  • Water Survival
  • Swim Qualification
  • Initial Written Test
  • Initial Drill
  • Marine Corps Rappel Tower
  • Boot Camp Gas Chamber Training
  • Marine Corps Recruit Marksmanship with the standard M16 A2 Service Rifle
  • Team Week
  • Final Drill

Phase 3

weeks 9-12

  • A-Line / Basic Warrior Training
  • Basic Field Training and USMC Recruit Combat Skills
  • Boot Camp Day / Movement Course
  • Marine Target Training
  • Combat Endurance Course
  • Training Practical Application Evalutaion
  • Final Drill
  • Written Testing
  • Ceremony Practices
  • Marine Corps Recruit Graduation

If there are any current or former Marines who have gone through any of this, please leave a comment! What week was your favorite? Which week was the hardest to get through?

USMC Training at Parris Island and San Diego

Marine Corps boot camp recruit training is a grueling program that turns young men and women into young Marines. During a 12 week period, a recruit will undergo training in a variety of subjects and skills including core values, military history, swimming and water survival training, first aid, hand-to-hand combat, leadership training, marksmenship, Marine Corps drill and more. Similar to the way people are proud of the hometown they were born and raised in, Marines tend to be proud of the recruit depot where they were made into a Marine.

USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island (aka MCRD Parris Island)

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island South Carolina Sign

Photo By: Tiffany Renee

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina is where all men who live east of the Mississippi get their training. All women recruits, regardless of where they enlist, receive their Marine Corps boot camp training at the Parris Island Recruit Depot.

Less than half of Parris Island is actually habitable; this should be a source of pride for Parris Island Marines. Out of the 8,095 acres that make up the recruit depot, only 3,262 are habitable. The “uninhabitable” areas are mainly salt marsh; a lovely cozy place for a Marine recruit habitat…yikes.

Male Marines started being trained in Parris Island in 1915, while female Marines didn’t start training there until 1949. Male Marines west of the Mississippi may request to train at Parris Island if they so wish.

Parris Island is also home to the Drill Instructor School where selected Staff Non-Commissioned and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO’s)are trained on how to successfully train young men and women into becoming Marines.

(Random fun fact: The hurricane scene from Forrest Gump where Lieutenant Dan was being crazy was filmed in the town that Parris Island is now a part of called Port Royal.)

USMC Recruit Depot San Diego (aka MCRD San Diego)

All men who enlist for the Marine Corps west of the Mississippi will end up at the USMC Recruit Depot at San Diego. Obviously, this recruit depot is located in…San Diego, California! All of the recruit training takes places between the San Diego Bay and Interstate 5. This is where more than 21,000 recruits are trained every single year. It’s also the home of theĀ  Marine Corps’ Recruitor School and the Western Recruiting Region’s Drill Instructors School.