San Diego, CA 92140, USA


Check-In Procedures

All Permanent Personnel, please report to the Consolidated Personnel Administration Center (CPAC), Building 622, Room 129. If you require additional assistance other than what is provided in your Welcome Aboard Package, please visit CPAC or call the following numbers:  To call DSN dial as listed.  The commercial area code is

About MCRD San Diego

A few weeks after establishing Camp Howard on North Island in San Diego, Col. Joseph Pendleton, on September 6, 1914, was the guest speaker at the U. S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego. The subject of his speech was "San Diego, An Ideal Location for a Permanent Marine Corps

Directions to MCRD San Diego

We are prohibited by DoD to publish base maps online due to security concerns. For online maps use 1600 Henderson Ave, San Diego, CA 92140as the destination address. From the North: Take Interstate-5 South to the Washington St. exit. At the Stop light, turn right onto W. Washington St. Go

ID Cards and Vehicle Registration

IDENTIFICATION CARDS AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION Located in Gate 5 off of Washington Street and Interstate Highway 5 4600 Belleau Avenue Bldg 230 San Diego, CA 92140 Hours of Operation 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ID CARDS SECTION (619) 524-8740 / 8741 All customers are welcome. No appointment needed. First-come, first-served.

What to Expect

A 21ST-CENTURY ROAD MAP TO MAKING MARINES AND WINNING BATTLES RECEIVING The transformation of raw recruits into basic Marines begins immediately upon their arrival at the receiving barracks when each recruit first stands on the celebrated yellow footprints. For the next three days recruits undergo in–processing to prepare them for


Bend, Ore.-native, Parris Island DI - top 'hat' in the Corps

Story by SSgt Greg Thomas on 02/14/2017 The iconic Marine Corps drill instructor is often heralded as representative of the Corps' top 10 percent, and every year, of the over 1,000 drill instructors in the Marine Corps, one is recognized as the top DI in the Corps. This year, that

Introvert Learns to Lead From the Front

Story by LCpl Anthony Leite on 12/13/2016 "I used to be an angry little boy," said Private First Class Justin P. Rainey. "I gained confidence and learned a new way of dealing with problems. I learned to step up and be mature." The Jacksonville, Fla., native left his comfort zone


Story by LCpl Kailey Maraglia on 11/18/2016 Goin explained where he comes from as a small town that runs off the land and resources. He said people in his town would take one of two paths: working the mills or joining the military. "I've been saying I wanted to join
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