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United States Marine Corps

MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA 92140  |  Base Operator: DSN: 524-8762, (619) 524-8762

MCRD San Diego: Overview

The preliminary training of male enlisted recruits residing west of the Mississippi River is the primary mission of MCRD San Diego and the Marine Corps’ Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region’s Drill Instructors School is also situated here.

In 1846, during the Mexican-American War, Marines made the first amphibious landing in San Diego.  The area was named after Joseph Henry Pendleton who was responsible for the establishment of the base in March of 1919 and in 1923, Camp Pendleton was commissioned to be the main recruiting center for enlisted personnel west of the Mississippi River.  The base was almost totally dedicated to recruiting during World War II and in 1948, it was officially designated as Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

MCRD San Diego: Education

Marines that have gone through MCRD San Diego understand the value of training. Also, they know that the lifestyle of a Marine is active, and to earn a degree, the program must be flexible. Therefore, online schools are perfect for Marines. Online schools deliver a high-quality education in an extremely convenient format. No matter where you are, you can complete coursework. Also, you can attend class according to your schedule. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

MCRD San Diego: Location

Located in San Diego, California, MCRD is in close proximity to San Diego Bay, Interstate 5, San Diego International Airport and to the former Naval Training Center San Diego.  Other communities in the area include Coronado, CA, National City, CA, Chula Vista, CA, Lemon Grove, CA, Bonita, CA, La Mesa, CA, La Presa, CA, Spring Valley, CA, Imperial Beach, CA, El Cajon, CA, Rancho San Diego, CA, Santee, CA, Bostonia, CA, Tijuana, Mexico, Lakeside, CA and each of these cities is located about 17 miles from San Diego, California.

MCRD San Diego: Interesting Facts

  • MCRD also houses the Western Recruiting Region Marine Drill Instructor's School and the Recruiter's School for the Marine Corps.
  • The closing of MCRD San Diego has been the target of a number of politicians because of its location being contiguous to San Diego's harbor and airport. The Marine Corps has an extremely negative position against any proposal of this type because of the position of the parade deck which is a valuable memorial to veterans of World War II, the Korean, Vietnam and Iraq Wars. The Department of Defense is also against this proposal because of numerous circumstances which would take place generating exorbitant costs.
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