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

4 thoughts on “Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego”

  1. I graduated from boot camp in August 1969, platoon 3111. The proudest day of my life and the best experience of my life. My platoon commander Gunnery Sgt. Tucker and drill instructors Staff Sgt. Wright and Sgt. Flannigan. I learned so much from these men and will never forget them. I only wish I could express to them just how much they inspired me to be the best Marine that I could be. Semper Fi!!!!

  2. My step-son, PVT Hatfield, Hunter K just graduated from Boot Camp on March 9, 2012 and I had the pleasure of meeting General Yoo. The transformation you see in these young men is very valuable to the corp, but as valuable they are to the corp, I feel , they are that and more to the society we live in today. Thank you, General Yoo for your service and your dedication to making a difference in the world we live in today.

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