Installation Overview --MCRD San Diego, California

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Overview

MCRD San Diego Landmark, Marine Corps Emblem circa 1922, Bldg 31. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego is located in the southern-most major metropolitan area of California, approximately 125 miles south of Los Angeles and 12 miles north of the Mexico border. MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School.

Recruit training for those enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, includes a thirteen week process during which the recruit becomes cut off from the civilian world and must adapt to a Marine Corps lifestyle. During training, drill instructors train recruits in a wide variety of subjects including weapons training, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program, personal hygiene and cleanliness, close order drill, and Marine Corps history. The training emphasizes physical fitness, and recruits must attain a minimum standard of fitness to graduate by passing a Physical Fitness Test. Recruits must also meet minimum combat-oriented swimming qualifications, qualify in rifle marksmanship with the M16A2 service rifle, and pass a 54-hour simulated combat exercise known as "The Crucible".

In addition to recruit training, MCRD San Diego is also home to the Drill Instructor's School for the Western Recruiting Region and the Recruiter's School for the entire Marine Corps. The Coast Guard also has a presence on board MCRD, with the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team and the Maritime Safety and Security Team. The base is also home to the MCRD San Diego Command Museum.

Official website of MCRD San Diego

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Location/Driving Directions

MCRD San Diego, located on 506 acres of the same territory as San Diego's Lindberg Field airport, is located in downtown San Diego.

The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is located just north of the perimeter of San Diego's Lindbergh International Airport, about 2-3 miles when accessing by automobile.

Westwind Express is a military DoD shuttle located in the West Terminal. Fare and schedule information may be obtained by calling 619 693-6828. Generally, the fare from the airport to MCRD will be about $6.00. Family rates mean that the second person is charged 1/2 price, and children 3 and under ride free. Reservations are required for pick-up from the San Diego military bases.

Taxi rates from the airport to the base vary between $8.00-$13.00. It is important that you negotiate the rate for the total cost BEFORE you get into the taxi.

IF YOU ARRIVE BY AUTO: The Marine Corps Recruit Depot is located on the west side of Interstate 5 (I-5) which runs North/South. At the Old Town Avenue exit, turn right on Witherby and go for about 2 blocks until you arrive at the main gate.

IF YOU ARE TAKING A LOCAL BUS or TROLLEY: Bus & Trolley routes, fares and schedules may be obtained by calling 619 233-3004. A great deal of mass transportation route and schedule information for the greater San Diego area can also be obtained at the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website.

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Main Phone Numbers

Base Operator DSN: 524-8762 (619) 524-8762

Bachelor Quarters (Enlisted) Building 619 619 524-6081 DSN 524-6081 /619 524-6086 DSN 524-6086/ 619-524-4401 DSN 524-4401

Bachelor Quarters (Enlisted) Building 625 : 619-524-4401 DSN 524-4401

Bachelor Quarters (Officers) Building 312 619 524-4401 DSN 524-4401

Bachelor Quarters (Permanent Personnel - Officers/Enlisted) 619 524-6451 DSN 524-6451 / 619 524-4401 DSN 524-4401

Bachelor Quarters (Transient Personnel - Officers/Enlisted) 619 524-4401 DSN 524-4401

Central Appointment Line (NavMedCtr) (619) 532-8225

Child Development Center (CDC) 619 524-4430/1244 DSN 524-4430/1244 Fax: 619 524-0477

COMNAVREGSW San Diego Military Family Housing 619 556-8443 or DSN 526-8443 Fax: 619 556-8012 or DSN 526-8012

Education Office 619 524-6865 Fax: 619 524-6865

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 619 524-6078 Fax: 619 524-0675

MCRD Branch Dental Clinic 619 524-4005

Naval Medical Center Child Development Center Phone: 619 532-7977

Navy & Marine Corps Lodges 1-800-NAVY INN / 619-271-7111 (MCAS Miramar)

Navy SW Region MWR Youth & Child Programs (619) 556-6310

UCSD Medical Center 1-800-926-8273

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Recruit Basic Training Exercises - MCRD San Diego. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School.

In addition to recruit training, MCRD San Diego is also home to the Drill Instructor's School for the Western Recruiting Region and the Recruiter's School for the entire Marine Corps. Other facilities aboard MCRD contribute housing, medical, and morale welfare and recreation facilities for the large San Diego military community. The Coast Guard also has a presence on board MCRD, with the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team and the Maritime Safety and Security Team. The base is also home to the MCRD San Diego Command Museum.

Approximately 6,500 military personnel and 1,200 civilian employees populate MCRD San Diego.

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Temporary Lodging

Bachelor's Quarters. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Depot Transient Billeting is located at Building 625 on Tripoli Avenue. Please call 619-524-4401 for reservations. Priority is given to service-members with PCS orders. Pets are not allowed, billeting will make referral to local hotels. Rates vary between $25 and $35 per night dependent upon amenities.

If no quarters are available at the Depot's Transient Billeting, other temporary lodging may be secured at one of the two area Navy Lodges: Naval Station San Diego or Naval Air Station North Island - 1-800-NAVY-INN. Additional lodging may be available at the Marine Corps Lodge (Miramar Inn) at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, 858-271-7111.

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Housing

Typical San Diego Military Family Housing. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

You will need the following in order to apply for base housing: DD Form 1746 (Application for Assignment to Housing); A copy of orders showing your detachment date; and a certification of bona fide family members. Examples of bona fide family members are those individuals listed on an Emergency Data application (Page 2), NAVPERS 1070/602, a NAVCOMPT 3072, Dependency Action Status; a Record of Emergency Data or DD DD1172, Application for Uniformed Services Identification card (DEERS Enrollment).

Personnel being transferred to a duty station in the San Diego area are encouraged to submit an application for government quarters as soon as they receive orders. Applications may be submitted on the DD 1746 form or the local housing application form. In each case, a copy of orders must be provided showing date of detachment from present command.

The mailing address is: Commander, Navy Region, Southwest, Military Family Housing, 2625 LeHardy Street, Bldg. #3544, San Diego CA 92136-5182, 619 556-8443, DSN: 312-526-8443, Fax: 619-556-8012.

Those submitted by mail must be confirmed within 30 days of reporting to MCRD San Diego by checking in with the housing office.

Your control date (effective date of application) determines your placement on the housing waiting list. The control date will usually be the date of detachment from your last permanent duty station, provided the application is received within 30 days of your arrival at your San Diego duty station.

The San Diego Military Family Housing office represents over 8,000 housing units.

Enlisted housing includes over 7,700 units for families, E1 - E9 and 1,890 Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ). Wait times for enlisted housing vary from 2 to 40 months, with an average waiting time of 24 months.

Drill Instructors Only -- For apartment-type housing without pets: average waiting time is 10-12 months for a 3 bedroom unit and 0-4 months for 2 bedroom unit. The average waiting time for the few units that allow pets is 24 months.

Officer housing units include: WO-1 to O-3 (370) units. O-4 to O-5 (131) units, O-6 + (65) units. In addition, there are 168 Bachelor Officer Quarters (BOQ). Wait times for officer housing varies from 2 to 32 months, with an average waiting time of 18 months.

A limited number of single (or otherwise authorized) service members may be housed in the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) aboard the Depot. Please contact the BEQ office for specifics regarding application - 619-524-6451, additional information is also available on the BEQ webpage at the MCCS MCRD San Diego website.

Most of the military family housing communities do not allow pets - or is severely restricted.

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Schools

There are no DoD schools aboard MCRD San Diego or in the greater San Diego area. San Diego County is home to more than 40 K-12 public school districts as well as private and parochial schools. As such, it is to your distinct advantage to utilize the services of the School Liaison Office aboard MCRD San Diego (Bldg. 6E, Tel. 619-524-8032) to obtain information regarding attendance areas as well as specific immunization and admissions requirements.

To enroll a child in public school, he or she must reach the age of five by December 2nd of the year of enrollment. Enrollment requirements include a complete physical, a copy of the child's birth certificate, shot records, and proof of residence. Proof of residence may be proved by your rent/lease agreement, or sometimes by a utility bill. It would be to your advantage to contact your school district, or even the school your child will be attending, to verify what they require.

Federal and State laws require all public school districts to provide a "free, appropriate and individualized education for all handicapped children". Both Federal and State legislation mandate time lines for referral, assessment, certification, placement, and provisions of appropriate services to all students with exceptional needs.

Several special or focused educational options are available to students in the San Diego County Office of Education jurisdiction, including: Friendship School - a special education school that serves students with disabilities; The HOPE Infant Family Support Program - a public special education program that offers services to infants and toddlers with special needs and their families; the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program - provides challenging curriculum and instruction to gifted and talented students; School-to-Career - provides participating students with skills for the world of work, higher education, and lifelong learning; Outdoor Education - strives to connect students to science and nature through our Outdoor School and Outreach Programs.

There are well over 200 private schools for children K - 12 in the San Diego area, each one having its own academic curriculum, special programs, tuition, and fees. Check with the private school of your choice to obtain further information.

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Child Care

MCRD San Diego Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Child Care is available aboard the Depot at the Child Development Center, Bldg. 638 (Tel: 619-524-4430), however, the waiting list is extensive and you should be prepared to consider other child care options.

The Regional Childcare Resource and Referral Office (CCRR) maintains the consolidated Wait List for all six centers in Metro San Diego located on Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, MCRD, MCAS Miramar, Naval Medical Center and Murphy Canyon housing area and for spaces in Navy licensed Child Development Home providers (in-home care). There are three Child Development Centers in the San Diego area located at Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, and the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Child Development Centers (CDC) in San Diego Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday with limited drop-in care provided.

All active duty military personnel, DOD civilians, contractor employee working in the Navy Region Southwest, reservists on active duty or in training (with orders) are eligible. They will assist families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Priority care may be given to Dual Active Duty families, Single parents, and members on Individual Augmentee (IA) assignment.

A DD Form 2606, Request for Care Record, is required to apply for the Child Development Program Central Enrollment and Waiting List (CEWL) and is used for all the Regional Child Development Centers, Child Development Homes (CDH) and the School Age Care (SAC) Program. Military families relocating to Navy Region Southwest can mail in the DD Form 2606 upon receipt of orders, upon arrival in San Diego, or as soon as you know you are pregnant. Waiting lists vary based upon the age of your child.

Weekly child care fees for the CDH Program are set by DoD and are determined by total family income. There is a subsidy program for Single Sailors, Dual Military couples or Service member whose spouse works full time or is a full-time student and have children up to age 3. Hourly or drop in care is limited.

The Child Development Home (CDH) Program is a Department of Navy offered program that is defined as care provided by private individuals in their government or civilian housing unit. Providers can be active duty family members or civilian. Care is for children on a regular basis, full-time or part-time, for more than 10 hours per week. Contact CDH for more information on drop-in care.

The SAC program offers before/after school care as well as day camps.

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Medical Care

While the Medical and Dental facilities aboard MCRD San Diego generally restrict clients to on-board active duty service members and recruits, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, serves the greater San Diego active duty population and also provides service to certain dependents.

Access to emergency medical treatment, dental care, and pharmacy facilities aboard MCRD San Diego is restricted to assigned Depot personnel and recruits. The nearest non-military medical treatment facility (with ER) is the UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest (619-543-6222), approximately two miles from the Depot. Several retail pharmacies are located within a one-mile radius of MCRD.

The Installation Hospital is located on Florida Canyon Drive, adjacent to Balboa Park, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, and is the largest and most technologically advanced military medical treatment facility in the world.

Nicknamed the "Starship" of Navy Medicine, the hospital has played a vital role in the history of San Diego for more than 70 years. From the original tent dispensary established in 1917 to the high-tech, ultra-modern facility of the 1990's, the mission has remained constant -- to provide the finest medical care available.

There are almost half a million people in San Diego County eligible to receive care at the Naval Medical Center. This care is provided by a military staff of about 3,000 and approximately 1,200 civilians. A leader in the medical field, the hospital is a major teaching center, and also operates a network of clinics located at area military installations. Through these clinics, emergency and ambulatory care is provided to the active duty populations of all San Diego based ship and shore commands.

The Branch Medical Clinic, located at the Naval Training Center, 2650 Stockton Road, Building 624, provides medical care for active duty members and TRICARE eligible patients.

The Naval Dental Clinic, located at the Naval Medical Center, Building 1, 2nd Floor provides treatment for active duty members only.

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